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Black Sabbath


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4 stars I'm not a huge Sabbath fan, but I do like to point out to classic rock fans--you know, those who believe Led Zeppelin is the best rock band in the history of the universe--that I think Sabbath's first two albums were every bit as influential and of similar quality to Zep's. And just like Zep, Sabbath moved past an interesting and creative debut album, tightened the screws, and delivered some music for the ages.

Paranoid, War Pigs, and Iron Man are all radio classics, and probably deservedly so. However, tracks such as Hand of Doom and Jack the Stripper are just as good in my opinion, though I'd never have known if I'd just listened to the radio. Looking back, it's amazing that I can still dig these tunes given how simple they really are--and how much I love the complexities in most music--just as much as when I was a kid. Solid guitar, very nice bass, and largely competent vocals and drums.

None of these guys are virtuosos, either in playing or songwriting, but they were all on board with creating some classic heavy metal anthems on this album. After this, Sabbath really falls off the radar for me, but for now I'll give my proper respects for their contribution to rock with Paranoid.

Flucktrot | 4/5 |


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