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Reload

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Metallica recorded so much material for Load -- their first album in five years -- that they had to leave many songs unfinished, otherwise they would have missed their deadline. During the supporting tour for Load, they continued to work on the unfinished material, as well as write new songs, and they soon had enough material for a new album, Reload. The title suggests that Reload simply is a retread of its predecessor, and in many ways that's correct -- there's still too much bone-headed, heavy Southern rock for it to be anything other than the sequel to Load -- but there's enough left curves to make it a better record. Marianne Faithfull's backing vocals on "The Memory Remains" complement the weird, uneasy melody, and "Where the Wild Things Are" has an eerie menace that Metallica never achieved on Load. There are also a couple of ballads and country-rockers that don't work quite so well (it's never a good idea to have an explicit sequel, as on "The Unforgiven II"), and that, along with a few plodding Metallica-by-numbers, is what keeps Reload from being a full success. Still, the towering closer, "Fixxxer," along with handful of cuts that successfully push the outer edges of Metallica's sound, make the record worthwhile.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Fuel Explicit
00:04:29

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

2
The Memory Remains
00:04:39

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

3
Devil's Dance
00:05:19

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

4
The Unforgiven II
00:06:36

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

5
Better Than You
00:05:21

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

6
Slither
00:05:13

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

7
Carpe Diem Baby
00:06:12

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

8
Bad Seed
00:04:05

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

9
Where The Wild Things Are
00:06:54

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

10
Prince Charming
00:06:05

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

11
Low Man's Lyric
00:07:37

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Miles, Hurdy Gurdy , AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist - Bernardo Bigalli, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

12
Attitude
00:05:16

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

13
Fixxxer
00:08:15

Bob Rock, Producer - Mike Fraser, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Hetfield, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Newsted, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Metallica, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

Metallica recorded so much material for Load -- their first album in five years -- that they had to leave many songs unfinished, otherwise they would have missed their deadline. During the supporting tour for Load, they continued to work on the unfinished material, as well as write new songs, and they soon had enough material for a new album, Reload. The title suggests that Reload simply is a retread of its predecessor, and in many ways that's correct -- there's still too much bone-headed, heavy Southern rock for it to be anything other than the sequel to Load -- but there's enough left curves to make it a better record. Marianne Faithfull's backing vocals on "The Memory Remains" complement the weird, uneasy melody, and "Where the Wild Things Are" has an eerie menace that Metallica never achieved on Load. There are also a couple of ballads and country-rockers that don't work quite so well (it's never a good idea to have an explicit sequel, as on "The Unforgiven II"), and that, along with a few plodding Metallica-by-numbers, is what keeps Reload from being a full success. Still, the towering closer, "Fixxxer," along with handful of cuts that successfully push the outer edges of Metallica's sound, make the record worthwhile.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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