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Most tracks are not as different from the earlier stuff as some might claim!
on 19 October 2014
I was very wary of buying 'Technical Ecstasy' because I thought it would shatter my perception of Black Sabbath. Indeed, until recently I had never heard it - even 38 years after it was originally released! Well, I took the plunge, and I'm glad that I did, because it didn't seem to me to be quite as different from the previous albums as had often been claimed.
It's interesting how just one or two tracks can change one's perception of a record. The two that stick out here are 'It's Alright' which sounds very different not least because of Bill Ward singing the vocals, and 'She's Gone' which is a nice song but a bit lightweight for me. Really though these are the only tracks that are that different from the previous Sabbath style.
The other six tracks this album, 'Back Street Kids', 'You Won't Change Me', 'Gypsy', 'All Moving Parts', 'Rock 'n' Roll Doctor' and 'Dirty Women' are all full-on with a great heavy guitar sound and actually sound like a natural follow-up to 'Sabotage' which itself was a substantial progression from say, 'Black Sabbath' or 'Paranoid'.
If you like the first six Sabbath albums then definitely don't be afraid to get this. You may like all eight songs on it, after all they are all good. But if you don't, do not let the one or two lighter ones put you off, just play the rest of it. It rocks!