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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 (854 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,195 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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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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By Holla b'ogn on March 31 2006
Format: Audio CD
Like everyone else, I will qualify my 'Metallica credentials' by announcing what type of fan I am. I listened to this band in 1984 when "Kill 'Em All" ripped my head off and left me crying for mother's milk. I admit, these guys boggled the mind. But it was 1984...and I did grow to like them. The next 2 albums mindblowing. "Ride the Lighting" is impeccable. MOP is amazing. "...And Justice for All" a great album. As a whole this band was certainly the most complete band of the 1980's. It is in this context how 'Black Album' must be listened to. The songwriting is hit and miss, moreso than AJFA, which has a few misses. Some songs are just not good ("Of Wolf and Man"). But what's missing here is that unparalled Bay Area feel of the albums (many older fans will know from whence I speak). The sound everyone tried to copy, but could only be done by a few select bands, of which Metallica led the charge.
This album has a few high points. But Bob Rock is without a doubt the worst producer for a band such as this. If you don't beleive me, check out 'Rock and Hyde.' Or maybe check out Metallica's latest album ("Some Kind of Monster"?). This album is in my view, the turning point for Metallic. Where the division bell tolls. People who cite this album as their best missed the days waiting with bated breath for the next thrash album by Metallica (the 'Black Album' is not thrash). It is the best of the rest, and that is all. If you yearn for the old sounds Metallica, perhaps pray. Or perhaps buy Exodus' "Tempo of the Damned," a "Kill 'Em All"-like thrashfest. All hope is not lost however; D. Mustaine resurrected himself with a great album recently ("The System Has Failed"). Perhaps Metallica should take some advice from Mr. Mustaine--'if it's broke, you better damn well fix it!.'
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