It was advertised as his final album before retiring, which is also a recurring theme throughout the songs,  although Jay-Z resumed his recording career in The album received widespread acclaim from critics. In its first week, it debuted at number one on the Billboard , selling , copies in the United States. It became Jay-Z's top selling record of the s decade, and by July , it had sold 3,, copies in the US. The Black Album was promoted with a retirement tour by Jay-Z and three singles that also achieved Billboard chart success, including the top-ten hits " Change Clothes " and " Dirt off Your Shoulder ". Jay-Z had announced that The Black Album would be his final record and went on a retirement tour after its release. Three singles were released from the album and appeared on the Billboard charts. The Black Album was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, it received an average score of 84, based on 19 reviews. Club , Nathan Rabin felt Jay-Z returned to "brevity and consistency" on an album that demonstrated his lyrical abilities and, more importantly, hip hop's best producers.
11. My Friend Of Misery
12. The Struggle Within
Metallica also known as The Black Album is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica and was released on August 12, through Elektra Records to critical acclaim. The band promoted the album with a series of tours. The album marked a change in the band's sound to one less harsh than the thrash metal style of their previous four albums. The recording of Metallica was troubled, with the band frequently entering conflicts with Bob Rock, the band's new producer, during production. The album debuted at number one in ten countries, and spent four consecutive weeks at the top spot of the Billboard , making it Metallica's first album to top album charts.
Still a rager, if one of the lesser ragers on an album of prime cuts. A herald of things to come, but also a cool, outstanding track on this classic record. Of course, this is what some might see as its downfall, with lyrics, rhythm, and tone all lacking any nuance. Is it about a Clint Eastwood movie, or James Hetfield coming to terms with his harsh upbringing? A track so good, it spawned two sequels! Still, as far a lofty, cosmic number, this is a solid one for one of the most earthbound bands ever. When in doubt, write about werewolves. More people ought to stan this song. From its brolic mid-paced riff to its icy harmonized vocals, the track exudes a venom that the band only occasionally taps into. The sweetest cuts are usually the deepest.
Released 25 years ago today, Metallica — which sold more than , copies in its first week of release, and spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard in the late summer of — has gone on to sell over 16 million copies in the U. The band began writing shorter, simpler songs partly because of how bored their fans looked during their concerts. But rather than slowly transitioning towards a fresh approach, the band dove right in during the initial writing sessions for Metallica, taking a simple bluesy guitar lick from Hammett and quickly hammering it into what would become their biggest hit.