My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Paranoid was recorded over six days in June of 1970 and released in September of the same year.
What I think: As a non-metal fan, I would still consider this a pretty good album and I do remember listening to my sister’s copy as an adolescence. I really only remember the singles, and that is where the highlights are, but there is some other decent stuff here too and most of the songs aren’t lacking riffs and pound rhythm sections.
Part of what makes this album good are some huge changes in the sound compared to the first album. The blues stuff is gone and replaced with what are now traditional heavy metal guitar. The lyrics get further away from the Satanic stuff (though there is some) and focus a lot on the Vietnam war, drugs and apocalyptic themes.
I was amused that the song “Paranoid was under three minutes, because that seemed really short. By the end of it though, I was thinking that it was too long.
It’s funny that this album probably not only 1000’s of metal bands, but with “Planet Caravan” it could have inspired Phish as well.
And that riff on “Iron Man” is killer.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I don’t know if the first album should have been here, but this no doubt deserves a place.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (44/194)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%
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