I know this has always been a controversial album for Metallica, but if you take it on its own terms (and that's they key), it's actually a pretty good album. And this is coming from someone who enjoys the first five classic Metallica albums. There are the hit singles like Until It Sleeps, Hero of the Day, Ain't My Bitch, The Outlaw Torn, and King Nothing, but I also like album tracks like 2X4, Bleeding Me, Ronnie, and Wasting My Hate. I also think songs like Cure and The House That Jack Built are underrated. Even songs that are considered weaker songs like Mama Said, The Thorn Within, and Poor Twisted Me aren't bad. Would I have wanted Metallica to keep going in the direction that this album went? No, but this period for the band still brought out some pretty good songs for what they are. So while it's not a masterpiece or even on the same level of the first five Metallica albums, I do think it's a very good album that deserves another listen with an open mind and ear.