Friday, 21 March 2014

Top 50 of 2013: No.38: Black Sabbath - 13 (Vertigo)

Let’s face it, no-one was expecting this album to be this good, it’s why I kind of respect Zeppelin for refusing to do new stuff, it’s because they know it wouldn’t be a patch on their old material and it’d pretty much ruin their legacy, so that’s what I was expecting of this. Amazingly Sabbath have pretty much managed to pull it off, I mean it’s no Paranoid, but it definitely stands up to their early work ‘Zeitgeist’ even comes off as this albums own ‘Planet Caravan’ and for a man ill of health Iommi doesn’t show any sign of weakness on the guitar front, ‘Loner’ kicks off with his unmistakable riff style, Geezer’s lyrics occasionaly veer into the cringeiness, but let’s face it ‘Iron Man’ was no lyrical masterpiece, so while this isn’t up there with their best, it would have made the top 5 easily if it was, it’s still an outstanding album from what are technically pensioners.


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