Technical Ecstasy review by Black Sabbath

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  • Released: Sep 25, 1976
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 8 (24 votes)
Black Sabbath: Technical Ecstasy
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Sound — 8
This CD along with "Never Say Die!" is probably the brightest sounding CD of Sabbath's time with Ozzy. During the time Ozzy was tied up with drugs, hence the title, and guitarist Tony Iommi was thinking about taking Sabbath in a new musical direction to suit America's music style. In this CD Iommi greatly increased the precence of piano in their music like in the songs "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" and "It's Alright". Bill Ward also starts his debut as a singer in the song "It's Alright," and Ozzy hasn't sounded better with his most famed song of his time with Sabbath "She's Gone."

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in this CD are also changing directions. The CD contains classic dark sounding songs like "Gypsy" and "You Won't Change Me" while introducing new successful bright songs like "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" and "All Moving Parts (Stand Still)" Bill Ward starts his debut as a singer in the song "It's Alright," and Ozzy hasn't sounded better with his most famed song of his time with Sabbath "She's Gone."

Overall Impression — 7
This CD, by Sabbath standards, is probably not the best time in their career. Although this CD contains many great songs, it doesn't measure up to standards of previous CDs like Sabotage and Paranoid. The biggest hit of this CD, "Dirty Women" is my personal favorate song of all time. I don't like the change in direction of this CD. Black Sabbath doesn't hold onto the perspective of music that made the previous CD Sabotage so famous, and instead move onto a faster-paced funk-sound.

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    freedomdeceptiv
    my favorite sabbath albums are probly master of reality and volume 4... and there is no punk sound in technical ecstasy... its faster and less dark, lacking a lot of songs in the style sabbath was famous for but it was still sabbath. the use of keyboards pisses me off tho... thats not very metal, now is it? (: sabbath kick ass!
    freedomdeceptiv
    oh, nvm... funk sound... not punk. wow, that still changes nothing, haha! how was the album in any way funk influenced? CPace, i agree with your opinion on the change in direction... bad move on tony and geezers part... but funk? wat are u on?