I'm saying that at least "Ain't My Bitch" has songwriting that successfully conveys a mood, whereas "Prince Charming" and "Fixxxer" strike me as tracks that they just came up with the riff for and slapped a characterless backing track onto. The reason I'm calling it 'cheese' is because I see Load and Reload as pretty inherently meatheaded, and would at least like the material that they did come up with to be confident in itself.
Post by Rodney Razorshorts on May 26, 2019 19:44:08 GMT
Not particularly, as Ain’t My Bitch is just an incredibly dumb song written to get radio play that exhibits some of the worst cockrock impulses, whereas Fixxxer is a pretty interesting song with good, non-generic hooks, unique riffs and good lyrics conveying self abuse, childhood trauma, and redemption. The theme seems pretty well-developed, though admittedly not nearly as much as “I’m a cool badass who probably rides a motorcycle.”
I always thought "Fixxxer" was pretty unfocused in terms of songwriting and kind of edgy lyrically, to be honest. The riff is a less satisfying version of "Bleeding Me", the progression is an elongated "Poor Twisted Me", and the lyrics echo of a Henry Rollins-era Black Flag album. Now, none of that is necessarily such a bad thing, but Hetfield explores these same areas in more on-point songs previously on both albums. In short, I suppose I appreciate what they're trying to do with the song, but it loses its impact due to sounding like so many of the songs that preceded it, both albums included. So, considering I tend to appreciate variety over cursory-level meaning, it still wouldn't make the cut in my book.
Although, one thing I do find quite interesting about it is those screeching bends during the riff. Those would have probably worked really well on a less sleekly-produced album.