Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. It was produced by the band and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September 1973.
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath—-Moving into a more mainstream sound and truly helping to define the term Heavy Metal, this is a nice jump forward for the band. There are both levels of pure rock n’ roll feelings and a true mastery and musicianship to the delivery with this track. I love the whiny quality of Ozzy on this track…like he is begging you to pay attention. This has mood swings…technical elements and an unmistakable melody and lyric line.
A National Acrobat—-A nice deep and sludge driven sound begins the track…..the sound is predictable and dark. The voice in great on this track….Ozzy sounds literally driven to deliver his message…..the overlay ed voice gives the song a new layered texture that has been missing on earlier releases. The music is predictable……but the voice is stellar. Ozzy never sounded better or more demented.
Fluff—-Further cementing the belief among non believers that the talent was real and firmly intact, the band surprises again with a beautifully layered melodic track that is a true favorite of mine. This is full of class…allowing you to simply lose yourself in the Majesty of the music and forget what is happening around you. I listen and feel sunshine….water and a peaceful calm Remarkable.
Sabbra Cadabra—-Sounding really under produced and a bit thrown together, it is rare to hear Sabbath this much in jam mode. I don’t like this very much…there is very little structure to the song. The vocal is nice…but even that seems pushed out the way and placed in the rear.
Killing Yourself To Live—-Letting the rhythm section take the lead at the onset, the track has a nice groove to it. The music is not nearly as dark as you would expect…and the higher tones of the voice make the song a bit brighter. Not that this is a happy go lucky song….the content is pretty dark…..but Ozzy delivers his voice in a way that takes that all away. I love this….a definite high point of the release for me.
Who Are You?—-With a nice slow and plodding delivery, you notice the added effects to the song that give it a more modern feel. I mean….this plays really well today…..despite all the changes in technology available today. This is stellar…..Ozzy seems to have 4 voices all at the same time…the song feels huge to me. Fantastic!
Looking For Today—-Very odd at the onset…lol. This track is a bit more steeped in the blues feeling of the early English movement. I like how Osbourne manages to find a magic melody in his voice that just seems to glide right over the music…..becoming the star of the show. The music matters…but at this time….Ozzy was the star of the show. I think i even hear some flutes or something on this. Stellar!
Spiral Architect—-Ending this release with yet another surprise, the beauty and the intricacies of the music is almost overwhelming. Just when you think you are comfortable, the jam session ensues and the rhythm section takes over the band while Osbourne tells tales of witchery and snow laden hills. This is fantastic…a beautiful layered track…..it left me wanting more.
***** out of 5