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...And Justice for All
     

...And Justice for All

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by Metallica
 

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The most immediately noticeable aspect of ...And Justice for All isn't Metallica's still-growing compositional sophistication or the apocalyptic lyrical portrait of a society in decay. It's the weird, bone-dry production. The guitars buzz thinly, the drums click more than pound, and Jason Newsted's bass

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The most immediately noticeable aspect of ...And Justice for All isn't Metallica's still-growing compositional sophistication or the apocalyptic lyrical portrait of a society in decay. It's the weird, bone-dry production. The guitars buzz thinly, the drums click more than pound, and Jason Newsted's bass is nearly inaudible. It's a shame that the cold, flat sound obscures some of the sonic details, because ...And Justice for All is Metallica's most complex, ambitious work; every song is an expanded suite, with only two of the nine tracks clocking in at under six minutes. It takes a while to sink in, but given time, ...And Justice for All reveals some of Metallica's best material. It also reveals the band's determination to pull out all the compositional stops, throwing in extra sections, odd-numbered time signatures, and dense webs of guitar arpeggios and harmonized leads. At times, it seems like they're doing it simply because they can; parts of the album lack direction and probably should have been trimmed for momentum's sake. Pacing-wise, the album again loosely follows the blueprint of Ride the Lightning, though not as closely as Master of Puppets. This time around, the fourth song -- once again a ballad with a thrashy chorus and outro -- gave the band one of the unlikeliest Top 40 singles in history; "One" was an instant metal classic, based on Dalton Trumbo's antiwar novel Johnny Got His Gun and climaxing with a pulverizing machine-gun imitation. As a whole, opinions on ...And Justice for All remain somewhat divided: some think it's a slightly flawed masterpiece and the pinnacle of Metallica's progressive years; others see it as bloated and overambitious. Either interpretation can be readily supported, but the band had clearly taken this direction as far as it could. The difficulty of reproducing these songs in concert eventually convinced Metallica that it was time for an overhaul.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596081221
catalogNumber:
60812

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...And Justice for All 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
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...And Justice For All has just about everything u can ask for with MetallicA. The guitar tone is just phenomonal. The solos are some of their best. One is a great song along with blackened and ...And Justice For All. You know it's a good song when a band can carry it for 9:45 and still keep you wanting to listen to it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This could have been Metallica's best album, but it is weakened somewhat by the poor production, particularly the fact that there's almost no bass. However, this doesn't ruin the disc. Over the course of nine extended length tracks, the band fires off powerful riffs, dark but thought-provoking lyrics and some wicked solos as well. This was the last gasp of the old, underground-thrash Metallica before the big ''sell-out'', so despite the bad production, it's still a must-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my favorite album of all. james hetfield sings about injustice. war. his childhood and insanity. cliff burtons last song to live is to die
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST Metallica album ever!!! BUY THIS ALBUM!! HARVESTER OF SORROW IS #1
Guest More than 1 year ago
Def. The BEST Metallica cd out there, S&M competes with it. To Live Is To Die, among the others are well-written songs, and if you wanna learn how rock music can be ''pretty'' music listen to this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Justice is just soooo good!!! Some people complain about the sound quality, but I love it, along with the crunchy guitar sounds. Awesome riffs, awesome vocals, awesome solos, awesome lyrics. You have to check out Blackened, One, Dyer's Eve, To Live Is To Die, The Shortest Straw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While having great messages and powerful lyrics, the production has damaged this CD. While being great lyrically, the tones seem to merge into one beat for the whole album. If only Bob Rock had produced this album
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my favorite Metallica record, next to Master of Puppets. Other than the ingenious riffery and lead playing, the pure rawness of this album is what makes this album my favorite. Many people have complained that the studio work was not all it could have been, but that is why I love it so much. It's raw, and it's real, and it is exactly what you would hear live. One and Dyers Eve are my favorites on this disc.
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
metallica proves they can still do metal music without cliff burton this band has came along way lets just hope they perform to live is to die in concert pretty soon this band is the best of the best thanks every metallica fan and every metallica hater
nickelbackfan101 More than 1 year ago
this band is the best of the best enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good guitars, good message, good songs? What else would you need? Especially "Dyers Eve" is a good one. Fast and strong. I think Metallica should have more tracks like that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
sometime i get bored of music, and listen to a bit of s*** - your usual plastic and neon merchandise with a lot of underwear... i say to myself, why not, is been a long day, and this stuff is easy to follow...neway then it comes to be that I play one of THOSE...i mean metallica albums... and then its so clear why not.... i put tail-between legs and return. its hard to describe Justice for all... its the feeling... every track comes from somewhere around the gut region... u stare around wide eyed for minutes afterward, thinking..."what the hell just happened" and wonder why your nech is aching your hair is all gone. its got great riffs, superb solos and very disturbing content... and if the songs are long you wont notice it.. certainly not if you dig intricate guitar work, bold drumming, and in your face, vein popping rage. then u get up cos u have things to do, and feel great contempt for everyone who hasn't yet heard the music this album has to offer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very great Riffs n lyrics. James matures a lil more with his voice on this cd. Best song is One. This is another must have cd, after Master of Puppets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one can deny Metallica's long time taste in metal. This '89 release has to be their perfect album. Loaded with 9 speed metal songs as they set the trend into the '90's, Justice is the most intense and elaborate album. Packed with songs such as the Vietnam song One, and the title track, Justice is truly the best album ever re
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my god! When i bought this cd my friends told me it was a waste of money. After I listened to it i was speechless. This is by far the best cd ever recorded. This cd sold more than a few million copies. This cd is so good im sure the opening track Blackened could sell a few million no problem. Some times I think what the world would be like if Metallica never came to be.After listening to this cd it made me want to play the guitar really bad. The whole idea of this message is that this cd is the best ever! Forget Slayer!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have liked metallica forever even though im 11.it is alot diffrent then the black album. If you wuold like to hook up with me email me {suggest to friends PLEASE}.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most heaviest Metallica album ever!!! Even my friend who listens to all the death metal sh1t and has his own death metal band (called Sangora-you've just gotta hear these guys!!) agrees that it is as heavy as death metal, especially James' growls!!! It has the chug and crunch, but this original version lacks one thing. You know Jason is pounding it out in that studio, and you have heard him live play the bass essentials at the concerts, but the equaliser on the mixing board must have MAJORLY stuffed up!!! You know the strength is there, but you can't feel it, it is just a mere hum!! It is sad I know, SAD BUT TRUUUE! If they re-mixed it so the bass becomes powerful like it is meant to be, and re-released it with the same cover and pics etc., then you will be able to hear PROPERLY what Jason is playing. It is a pity, such a great musician and on one of the best albums you can't hear what he is doing properly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you ever thought of buying any metallica cd ...... this should be it. every song kicks buttocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far the best album by METALLICA ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is awesomme exept track 7 and the title track is very long, and over rated. But Eye of the Beholder, One, Blackened and the rest is almost perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what to say well first off kirk hammett is one of the best guitarists ever to pick up a guitar and lars is the best drummer of all time but this albulm puts metallica at its prime to the fast hard hitting pace of blackend to the rythmic sound of one to the best instramental of all time to live is to die this is the best metallica cd to date in my opinion...