Sound — 9
Obviously & undoubtedly one of the most classic and influencial albums of all time. Paranoid was the 1970 release that Sabbath put out with Ozzy, which contains timeless classics such as "Iron Man", "War Pigs", and of course, the title track. At the time of its release, it was probably one of the heaviest-sounding albums around, thus making it a pioneer in the world of metal, along with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Iommi plays with sheer brilliance both in leads/solos & in terms of riffage. I first heard this album a few years back on an old, scratched up vinyl, and it still sounded great! The guitar world, and world of metal would not be what it is without this album which is pretty much why I'm attached to this album so much.
Lyrics — 7
Personally, I've never been a fan of Ozzy's vocals, no matter what part of his career you're talking about. And this album is no exception. However, some songs proved to be effective both lyrically (particularly) and vocally as well, such as the title track, and in "War Pigs" as well. Ozzy really seemed to push himself on this effort, and for that I truly respect his input on these recordings, therefore I would have to rate this above a 5 (7) for this album.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is most definitely one of Sabbath's best (if not THE best) album they've ever put out. Great tunes, as well as classics and some interesting (somewhat filler) back-up tunes thrown in as well. Who can argue with that? My personal favourites would have to be "War Pigs", "Iron Man" and dare I say: "Fairies Wear Boots". Basically, most of the tunes are great in their own respective right of course. If this album were stolen, I'd definitely replace it since, it's inexpensive, and is really such a milestone of an album as far as rock/metal goes. This is a must-have for a classic/pioneer metal fan, and Ozzy fan of course.