Metallica is gearing up to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of The Black Album, one of the most successful and iconic albums of the 90s. That celebration will come in the form of a massive album called The Metallica Blacklist: numerous covers of Black Album songs from over 50 artists including Phoebe Bridgers, Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket, Moses Sumney, St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Cage the Elephant, Chris Stapleton, Kamasi Washington, J Balvin, Weezer, PUP and so, so many more. The press release accurately describes it as a “truly staggering, at times mystifying assemblage of musicians.” None of these acts have much in common with each other — it’s hard to imagine any other context in which you’d find Stapleton and St. Vincent on the same project — but they’ve definitely all felt Metallica’s impact. And hey, in the end, nothing else matters!
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First up is a cover of “Nothing Else Matters” led by burgeoning covers queen Miley Cyrus with an assist from Yo-Yo Ma, Elton John, WATT, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith. Cyrus is building a nice career as a cover-artist-in-demand, given her versatile vocal stylings and willingness to just kinda go along with things. Yo-Yo Ma’s involvement won’t surprise anyone whose followed his career, given the man’s interest in a huge range of music. And, yes, Sir Elton is here too — a man who, by the way, just announced his farewell tour.