All of the talk about Metallica's new album has had me listening to Load and Reload the last couple of days to see if they really were bad albums or not. Load in particular has always been one I'd never listened to much. Basically, what they should've done is just record the best songs off of each album and only release one album with the production from Reload. Sure, it's not Metallica of old, but it's still damn good music. The song's I'd keep (though some are based on the versions from S&M) are:
Ain't My Bitch
Until it Sleeps
Hero of the Day
Better Than You
On top of that, if Metallica could even write an album like that again I'd start buying their music again.
I pretty much hated the Load stuff, but I grew up listening to Metallica shortly after MoP came out, and before AJFA.