The Best Albums of 2016, #4

4. Metallica, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (Blackened) A few months ago it dawned on me that I have not thoroughly loved a Metallica studio album, from start to finish, since 1988. Nearly 30 years. Time flies, I tell you. They’re still a band that’s very near and dear to me – though my naming S&M my 1999 […]

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The Best Singles of 2016, #4

4. Metallica, “Atlas, Rise!” The best song on Metallica’s best album in 28 years finds the band going back to the music they grew up with, capturing that energy, and coming up with a track that shows they are big, nerdy fans just like the rest of us. They’re in full early-‘80s mode on “Atlas, Rise!”, […]

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