Metallica
...And Justice for All


3.5
great

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
May 13th, 2007 | 31 replies | 5,975 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

A band has to progress to get better. Everyone knows that. Metallica released Kill 'Em All in 1983, and it was a fast and raw thrash metal album, but the band had to progress. In 1984, they released Ride The Lightning, which was a huge step up from their debut album. Then, they released Master Of Puppets, which just took Ride The Lightning and made it better. But in September of 1986, the band's bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident. What was Metallica to do? They had to progress and move forward, and that's what they did on their next album, 1988's ...And Justice For All.

...And Justice For All is a fast, long, and angsty album. It's the band's most guitar-driven album, and the least bass-driven. The bass is barely audible. However, that does not mean that this is a bad album. It begins with Blackened, one of the highlights of the album. This song basically sums up what the album will be like. Angry, fast, and of course, heavy. The lyrics deal with a grim subject matter, like a lot of Metallica songs, this one dealing with pollution and how the world is being "blackened". The song is fast and good, with a great solo. This is one of the shortest songs on the album, but it clocks in at 6:40. It goes by fast, and it seems like about three minutes.

Now, about that. The length of the album is a problem. It's not too big of a problem, because it's only for the title track, ...And Justice For All. This is a decent track, because there aren't any problems with the verse and chorus and all that. The problem is with the solos. It's drawn-out and bloated. It seems as if it's there just because they like having the title track being long or something like that. This clocks in at 9:44! A good epic metal song should at least have some tempo changes. Take Iron Maiden's Rime Of The Ancient Mariner for example. That is a classic song because it's not just soloing and the same riff and formula throughout. It has plenty of tempo changes. AJFA however is just fast throughout. Many riffs are repeated over and over ten to fifteen times, and then we have a wild solo out of nowhere.

Eye Of The Beholder is a great song however. It's the perfect length. The solos? Not too long, they're just right. This track has some decent vocals. James Hetfield's singing abilities don't exactly shine on this track, but the guitar does. This actually has a change in riffs or two. This track is a highlight. One is also a great song, and it too is one of the better songs on the album. It deals with a dark subject matter, and the lyrics are well-written, so it proves that the band could still write good lyrics after Cliff Burton died. This song is heavy in some parts and slow and melodic in other. This song is pretty slow, but it also has some very fast parts. Great song. The Shortest Straw comes next, and it's a good song, but it follows the same formula that pretty much every song on the album has. Riff, verse, chorus, solo, yada yada yada. Of course, the guitar is superb. Harvester Of Sorrow is a very good song, but like The Shortest Straw, it follows the recycled formula.

The Frayed Ends Of Sanity is a very good track though, and it is much better than the previous two tracks. It begins with a doom-ish sounding riff, and an almost GWAR-sounding "oooh" sound. This is a fast track with some excellent guitar, and the drumming is good as well. Vocally, this is one of the better tracks. What comes next is one of the best Metallica instrumentals ever. To Live Is To Die is an excellent track, as well as the longest on the album, clocking in at nine minutes and forty-eight seconds. It isn't fully instrumental, but I still consider it an instrumental song. The only verse in it is just some talking, and not actual singing. The guitar is fast and furious, and Kirk Hammett just shows off his guitar abilities. Even the drumming is very good. This would have been a very good track to end the album on, but there is Dyer's Eve. It has the formula of the two middle tracks, but this is still a very good track, but it seems like they just threw this one in to make the album longer. The instrumental would have been a better closer to this.

Overall, ...And Justice For All is a very good album, but it's pretty much ruined by the fact that it's just too long. The musicianship is excellent as far as guitar and drums, but like I said before, the bass is barely audible. Some songs are just drawn-out and bloated, and some songs just follow a generic formula with the same riff repeated a bunch of times. This album is not bad, but it's true. Cliff Burton with Metallica is just better.

Pros:
+ Good drumming
+ Good vocals
+ Stellar guitar
+ Cover art
+ Lyrics

Cons:
- Title track
- Some songs are bloated
- Bass

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~3.5/5~



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plane
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2007



6073 Comments


The most unnecessary review on sputnik.

It's well-written, but step away from the use of 'good' and 'excellent' when describing a song. Also, this pseudo-tbt formula gets repetitive.

Also, why do you have to say "this album is NOT bad" when 3.5 is a great rating? And how does that translate into "somewhat recommend"?This Message Edited On 05.13.07

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2007



17913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cliff burton is dead?!?

Bfhurricane
May 13th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I read the words "great song" way too often, but not a bad review. The only thing I really disagree with is the title track - its definitely one of the better ones off of the album.

Zebra
Moderator
May 13th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is the worst Metallica album that I've heard up to this point, it just never seems to end. Master of Puppets absolutely destroys this.

Bfhurricane
May 13th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You clearly haven't heard St. Anger

ToWhatEnd
May 13th 2007



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but step away from the use of 'good' and 'excellent' when describing a song.
This. Also some of your descriptions are just plain lacking. You don't need to go over every single song in order to write a detailed review.

Lunarfall
May 13th 2007



3177 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This album is terrible. Plain and simple. The first 3 albums eat this alive.

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2007



6073 Comments


But I was once negged for not describing all of the songs on an album.

There's a difference between talking about a few songs and giving a general overview. This means describing the album with songs as examples, not detailing those certain songs and expecting people to realize the rest of the album sounds pretty much like so.

LifeInABox
May 13th 2007



3707 Comments


I like this album better than RtL. Why is that such a raved album? It has the least amount of brilliant songs on it. I mean, it slays all their new work, but it just can't stand up to this or MoP.

Altmer
May 14th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kinda boring sometimes but very good album.

I love Blackened, One, Harvester of Sorrow and Dyers' Eve.

jrowa001
May 14th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is the first metallica album i got and its one of my favorites still. ok review but i agree that you could use better detail, or have done a general overview....but then again ive never written a review

freudianslipknot
May 14th 2007



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really my fave metallica. One, Dyer's Eve & Blackened are absolute highpoints. btw I am told that the opening of "frayed ends" is from 'the wizard of oz' - don't know which song though - probably not "somewhere over the rainbow"

freudianslipknot
May 14th 2007



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok I took the trouble to look it up on the wiki: The chanted melody heard near the beginning is the "marching cadence" of the palace guards in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

FR33L0RD
May 14th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I dont listen to Metallica no more
but
.......And justice for All is one of the best Metal album

muchtallerthanu
May 14th 2007



648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I seldom listen to Metallica these days, but this is one of their best albums. My favorite has to be RtL.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 14th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This would be better if it was about 40 minutes shorter.This Message Edited On 05.14.07

muchtallerthanu
May 14th 2007



648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Plus the drumming's kinda meh.

ZFighter142
May 15th 2007



205 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the drumming has a different affect n this album. but i cant say the same for st. angers drumming. just terrible.

TheNotrap
August 21st 2011



7817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Metallica's progressive album to date and also one of my all time favourites. Great production, amazing musical performances and excellent songwriting. The best songs here are Blackened, Eye Of The Beholder, One, Harvester Of Sorrow, The Frayed Ends Of Sanity and Dyer's Eve.

An absolute classic and the last album of their early speed/thrash era.

KILL
November 5th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review



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