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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  See all reviews (855 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
Heavy Metal is not something that comprises a huge percentage of my collection. In fact I do not own very much Metal at all, I am a little too old for that, I do have some Vintage Hard Rock however that is a Bird of a different feather. So I thought that I would open up my collection and buy a little Metal for a change. I do like the tune "Enter Sandman" and a few others on this disc in fact I believe if I were a little younger I would be open to listening to this music quite a bit. However I do believe there is a distinct difference between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. While Metal does have its place I do not see myself listening to it at the breakfast table or before going to bed I simply do not see the hard driving chord structures to be conducive to relaxing. or for slowly waking up in the morning. However if I were getting ready for say a motorcycle race, or for a dance or socializing of some kind then Metal would be right in its element. Each to its own as they used to say, It is an important point that needs to be made here. Not all events can be handled with a monogamous kind of sound./.. Spigomars
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By Torie Monaghan on Sept. 29 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album came out in 1991, but by that point in time little 12 year olds were wearing Metallica t-shirts so I never got around to listening to this album until 2004.

As for all the people who say Metallica sold out with this album i don't belive that to be true. People bought into Metallica at that point in time and especailly this album.

I think its a good album, but i give it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the two loser songs on it, what are they called, The Unforgiven, and, Nothing Else Matters, like what are they doing on a Metallica album anyways, they should have been b-sides or something and those two songs totally drag down the album, but remove those two songs and its a five star album.

I mean this album is over 20 years old now and to the people who say Metallica sold out, they should really have a strong definition of what selling out is, i mean how is, Enter Sandman, selling out, it doesn't sound like any of the mindless generic pop fluff that was floating around in 1991,and my god was there a lot of it back in 1991, just look at the charts, or todays mindless generic pop fluff for that matter.

But i do know when Metallica was playing concerts in 1991 they were three hours long and they rocked the universe and i don't think many people were complaining about Metallica selling out after they left one of the concerts.

UPDATE JANUARY 8th 2012 They now say this album by Metallica is the biggest selling album of the last 20 years, 1991 - 2011, and of course so many people hate to hear that and can't understand why thier top 40 friendly band isn't the #1 selling album.

Well Metallica is #1 and like i said its good enough.

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By Tommy Skylar TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 24 2007
Format: Audio CD
In 1991 Metalica releases a self-titled album,"Metallica" or the black album as some fans like to call it and it was a major commercial succes,getting plenty of air time on the radio stations and is one of the best selling album of not only Metallica's career but of all time as well.Its easy to see why,the songs lyrically are the best they have ever done,this album all have slower tempos and they are shorter than usual for the band.All of wich gave Metallica tremendous amounts of succes,some say this is when they sold-out,to me they hadn't sold out yet no because the music on the album even if it is not the Metallica we had grown used to,was still very good.They still rocked at this point,their attitude was the same as before,the songs were great and they still had their long hair!The black album is called that name because the print that read "Metallica" did not come out well on the front and the back of the album,that is quite an interresting fact about this album.

The musical direction they took on this album was different than what they did previously,gone is the trash metal era,and in comes the mainstream.The musical change can be hear clearly,the songs are notably shorter and seem slower than on their previous releases.Now that doesn't mean the album is no good,actually because of that more and more people started listening to them.Some songs really stand out from this album and some songs can be considered amongst the best Metallica have ever done like "Sad But True" a slow,heavy song that is terrific or the superb ballad "The Unforgiven" wich is probably the lyrically best song ever for the band.Also other notable songs are "Wherever I May Roam" and "Of Wolf And Man" wich are favourites here.
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Format: Audio CD
I've heard all the arguments that Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction and Skid Row's Slave to the Grind were the best metal albums in the 90s and for the most part, those two albums were brilliant. There is one metal album that stands alone in the 90s as the best metal album. Metallica's self-titled album is the best album. Metallica's Black Album is a masterpiece. From the classic ballad "Nothing Else Matters" to the fast-paced "Wherever I May Roam", "Enter Sandman" and "The Unforgiven". Metallica delivered the goods in the 90s and this album blows Motley Crue's self-titled album in 1994 out of the water. Forget Nirvana's Nevermind. Forget Alice in Chains. Metallica's Black album and the innovative set Use Your Illusion I and II from Guns N' Roses rank as the best metal albums in the 90s. Metallica finally achieved a #1 album with the BLack album and a #1 single in Canada with Enter Sandman.


Dave Mustaine will have to settle for second place.
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