Enter 'The Metallica Blacklist': St. Vincent And Jason Isbell On The Black Album : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Metallica's beloved self-titled album, they're releasing The Metallica Blacklist: a compilation featuring more than 50 different artists covering songs from the record.

Enter 'The Metallica Blacklist': St. Vincent And Jason Isbell On The Black Album

The Metallica Blacklist on World Cafe

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Playlist

  • Metallica, "Enter Sandman"
  • Metallica, "Sad But True"
  • Nine Inch Nails, "Closer"
  • St. Vincent, "Sad But True"
  • Metallica, "Nothing Else Matters"
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, "Sad But True"

Metallica's "Enter Sandman" changed the landscape of rock music after the release of the band's self-titled record in 1991. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic album, they are releasing The Metallica Blacklist: a compilation that features over 50 different artists covering songs from the record affectionately known as "The Black Album."

In this episode of World Cafe, we speak to two of the artists involved in the project — St. Vincent and Jason Isbell — both contributing their own take on "Sad But True." The two musicians discuss their personal memories of The Black Album, why they chose "Sad But True" and what the recording process was like.

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