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Technical Ecstasy
Technical Ecstasy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Victims of their own success?, 26 July 2001
This review is from: Technical Ecstasy (Audio CD)
Technical Ecstacy, Sabbaths 7th album, had the misfortune of following 6 brilliant albums so when people have a go at it i think thats a bit unfair. It is really a pretty good album which should be judged solely on its own merits.
The overall sound is of a band changing its scope, trying out different approaches, afraid of getting stuck in a rut. So therefore this album has a freshness and looseness that hangs well together. there are some really great tracks present, though some of them are let down by Ozzys vocals which don't sound as good as they used to be. Nevertheless Dirty Women is absolutely brilliant and ranks alongside any other great Sabbath song, Butlers bass is awesome. Rock and Roll Doctor is good-time rock music, Gypsy is a strutting rythmic track while Its Alright (sung by Bill Ward) is charming. He deserves his chance to shine. Many of the other tracks are competent, but no world -beaters. Even so there are no godawful tracks present here, the worst ones are just plain average. If you like Sabbath (and who in their right mind doesnt?) then i would have to say go for this album. just because lots of critics say this album is poor doesnt make it so. Judge it for yourself. There is definately something on this album for everyone.


Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
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Price: £14.94

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, life-enhancing brilliance., 26 July 2001
This review is from: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Audio CD)
I first got SBS in 1993, absolutley loved it, and still do! It's certainly my favourite Sabbath album, it works as a whole though its not a concept album. Each song offers something different, really showcasing the ability they have. Everyone is on great form, i really think this features Iommis best guitar playing, from the archetypal metal riff of the title track to the electronic wash of who are you, he is powerful but never overbearing the others. the pairing of looking for today with spiral architect is the albums highlight for me. Two really great songs, which i never tire of listening to, they finish the album on a uplifting mood. when you hear the applause at the end you just feel stunned at how good the album has been and wonder how 40 minutes can fly by so fast!


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