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  • Audio CD (Aug. 12 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H97
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 860 customer reviews
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1. Enter Sandman
2. Sad But True
3. Holier Than Thou
4. The Unforgiven
5. Wherever I May Roam
6. Don't Tread On Me
7. Through The Never
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. Of Wolf And Man
10. God That Failed
11. My Friend Of Misery
12. Struggle Within

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Longtime fans may call this one a sellout but that is hardly the case. Instead, the group has increased the bottom end of their sound and keeps the riff-per-song limit down to about two. This may keep Metallica from alienating staunch metal-haters, but it is the quality of the songs - hits such as Enter Sandman and the ballad Nothing Else Matters, but also Holier Than Thou - that has made this their most successful (and best) album to date. Certified at 12 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

Called "the Black Album" by many (due to its monochrome cover), Metallica marks the group's entrance into the mainstream, with shorter songs, simpler song structures, and slower tempos overall. That said, this is an excellent album, featuring some of the best songwriting Metallica has ever done. "Enter Sandman," "Wherever I May Roam," and "God That Failed," despite being slower and more groove-oriented than the band's earlier work, feature the same heavy riffs and heavier rhythms that have always been a feature of Metallica's music. The band goes introspective with "Unforgiven," and proves that they can write a ballad with "Nothing Else Matters," which succeeds better than one might expect. Overall, this is a high-energy album despite its laid-back approach, and is in many ways superior to the previous . . . And Justice for All, which was weakened by overly complicated song structures and mediocre production. -- Genevieve Williams

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Format: Audio CD
That's right. Commerical isn't ALWAYS synonymous with crappy. The Black Album spawned (count 'em) THREE Top 40 hits: "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters", and my favorite song on the album, "The Unforgiven". "Enter Sandman" has one of the best opening riffs in all of rock music, in the same vein as Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". Radio staples "Sad But True" (heavy) and "Wherever I May Roam" (has a Middle East feel to it) are both awesome tracks, while the older thrashier Metallica fans will surely enjoy "Don't Tread on Me", "Through the Never", and "Struggle Within". This album displays some of the finest songwriting ever to come out of James Hetfield. As usual, Kirk's solos are masterful, and thanks to Bob Rock's excellent production, Jason's basslines are clearly audible (esp. on "My Friend of Misery")! Even if you are not a Metallica or heavy metal fan, this CD should still find a home in your collection. Indeed, Metallica changed its sound, but the songs are still of high quality, unlike their subsequent albums :( And for the record, this CD is in every single way (songwriting, musicianship, production) superior to Nirvana's Nevermind.
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Format: Audio CD
People who are not familiar with Metallica may really like this record. But those who have listened to Metallica since 'Kill Em All' may very well find themselves disappointed. Their 2nd record 'Ride the Lightning' was a timeless masterpiece to be enjoyed again and again. This 5th record is simply tragic. Gone is the musical intensity and the killer vocals seen on earlier records. I am not so uptight that I'll deny that this record is a decent spare hour passer, but to call this one of Metallica's best efforts (to put it in civil language) is absurd. IT SAYS SOMETHING WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE ALBUM ARE NOT MADE UP OF PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS LIKED THE GROUP, AND THE PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS LIKED THE GROUP ARE TRULY LET DOWN! I find it interesting that people try to excuse sell out records by saying that the group has matured. This is absurd. A compromise of what they were good at for the sake of higher financial gain is the definition of selling out. William Shakespeare started out with mediocre plays like "Titus Andronicus." When his writing matured, he gave us the frighteningly intense masterpieces of "Julius Caesar," "Macbeth," "Hamlet," and "King Lear." Charles Dickens' early "Old Curiosity Shop" has some grand elements like the really likable villain Daniel Quilp and the eccentric but benevolent Dick Swiveller. But Dickens' writing matured to offer us the frighteningly intense "Our Mutual Friend." Going back to heavy metal, King Diamond started out with the o.k. "Melissa." But his writing got more frightening, and his musical efforts got more intense, and he started using more musical resources. Just listen to his later efforts "Them," "Conspiracy," "Abigail," and "In the Shadows.Read more ›
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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
Warner Music should recall this album and send out new copies of the "Nothing Else Matters" Vinyl.

Like the other reviews, the S's sound terrible, like Zzzzzzzz, pure distortion.
I raised my stylus when I heard the first Chorus and changed to another song I was that disappointed. I nearly cried as I love this song.

I have no complaints with any of the other tracks, they sound incredible and powerful, as they should.

Please Warner make this right!

EDIT: March 14th 2012

Okay, have I learned a LOT about cartridges and such over the last month. so I went out and bought a used Benz Micro Glider MOMC cartridge that was in pristine condition.

I immediately tried out "Nothing Else Matters" again after installing it, and I was SHOCKED. The song sounds PERFECT. No sibilance to speak of, PERIOD. (yes the distorted 'ssssss' have a name)

Verdict: "Nothing Else Matters" requires a good cartridge to play properly, as it demands much more than what cheap cartridges can provide....

I'm happy. :-) 5 Stars.
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Format: Audio CD
As being a hardcore Metallica fan, owning all their albums this is one of the best, if not THE best one of all. Here's a rundown of all the songs:
1.Enter Sandman 10/10-one of the best guitar riffs ever.
2.Sad But True 10/10-very heavy riffs/drums.
3.Holier Than Thou 7/10-not one of my favorites, but not bad nonetheless.
4.The Unforgiven 15/10-Holy Jesus this is a awsome song, very powerful lyrics, my favorite 'Tallica song.
5.Wherever I May Roam 10/10-another awsome song,first song that I memorized.
6.Don't Tread On Me 10/10-heavy lyrics and guitar,sweet song.
7.Through the Never 7/10-not a fav, but not terrible either.
8.Nothing Else matters 8/10-not very heavy,but good lyrics.
9.Of Wolf and Man 8/10-somewhat heavy, a good song still.
10.The God That Failed 10/10 a heavy-riffs/heavy lyrics, phenominal song.
11.My Friend of Misery 7/10, my least fav song but not bad by no means.
12.The Stuggle Within 9/10 fast-paced heavy song, very good.
So that's a layout of all the songs of the album, as you see none are bad. All I can say is BUY THIS BAD@$$ ALBUM NOW!!!
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