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Black Sabbath


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4 stars Still being a good Black Sabbath album, it is a bit of mixed bag.

Recorded in California during musicians heavy drugs using period, it sound a bit unfocused. They found great success formula, and explore it there. All instruments are mixed in one heavy pulsating wave. No more acoustic excellence in sound of their debut. Sound is more soft and a bit rounded. There is acoustic guitar and even ballade on this recording! They changed direction from heaviness to lighter and less aggressive sound. They even aren't so angry anymore?!

I like Ozzy's voice there, and some new elements, as acoustic guitar sound. But too often songs sound repetetivous, uninspired. There are good songs and boring songs in proportion around 50/50.

If in band's best albums you're listening every song, every sound with interest and pleasure, there you will like some songs and just will skip others. Still good album, but far from their best.

Somewhere between 3 and 4.

snobb | 4/5 |


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