The Unforgiven II (canzone dei Metallica del 1998)

The Unforgiven II è un famosissimo brano dei Metallica, secondo singolo estratto dall’album RELOAD pubblicato l’anno prima. Come molti successi degli anni ’90, anche questo ha un diviso i fan, soprattutto della prima era, che accusavano spesso in quel periodo il quartetto californiano di aver perso un po’ l’essenza degli esordi rendendosi troppo accondiscendente alle regole dello show business. Tuttavia il brano in questione può legittimamente essere considerato uno dei grandi capolavori di testi e musica della band.

La canzone si pone come ideale sequel del brano The Unforgiven, pubblicato nel 1991 all’interno del celebratissimo album omonimo, comunemente noto anche come “Black Album”. Di questo si condivide parte dell’intro ed anche l’incipit del ritornello che recita “What I’ve felt, what I’ve known…” e, allo stesso modo del primo capitolo, scavare all’interno del significato del testo è opera quantomai ardua: per lo più si può intuire che si elenchino una serie di delusioni amorose od in generale personali dell’autore, giocando anche con l’ambiguità del segno “II” che vale sia come numero sia come corrispondente inglese della parola “too” (anche, in italiano). La parte musicale è un grande affresco di 6 minuti senza un attimo di noia, con le strofe che viaggiano lente, supportate da un riff ben riconoscibile ed esaltate dalla voce suadente di James Hetfield, capace di modulare la voce anche da raffinato cantante pop oltre che da feroce interprete metal, fino al ritornello dove invece esplode tutto l’arsenale sonoro in pieno stile-Metallica.

Le analogie col primo capitolo continuano anche nel videoclip omonimo, dove tra atmosfere oniriche color seppia ritorna nuovamente l’attore che recitò bambino nel corrispondente video del 1991, qui naturalmente già ragazzo. La saga, se così la possiamo definire, proseguirà ancora nel 2008 con un terzo capitolo denominato The Unforgiven III contenuto all’interno dell’album DEATH MAGNETIC.

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