Re: What Is Your Favorite Metallica Album???
I've been a big Metallica fan ever since the release of their 1986 album, Master of Puppets. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Master of Puppets where James Hetfield's presence became more apparent. I think Battery was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Burton, Ulrich and Hammett. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Take the lyrics to Master of Puppets. In this song, James Hetfield addresses the problems of abusive political authority. The Thing That Should Not Be is the most moving rock song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock.