Black Sabbath
Technical Ecstasy


4.0
excellent

Review

by IAJP USER (42 Reviews)
March 31st, 2005 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist


Black Sabbath-Technical Ecstasy.

This album gets a lot of hell, from Sabbath fans, and music critics alike. Why" I really fail to see people's problem with this classic album. Technical Ecstacy, released in 1976, at a time of growing pressure, Sabbath had just released their so-called "Masterpiece", Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and were expected to come back with an album in the same vein as SBS, fans were shocked however when 1975's Sabotage was released, as it contained some extended numbers, and a re-soundedly 'Proggy' atmosphere. The next release, would shock global Sabbath fans, Technical Ecstacy, but I don't see why it's hated.

#1:Back Street Kids.
This is a familiar sound for Sabbath, and accumulatively, not the sound of this album as a whole. It is a great album opener, a real hard rocker, and has some nice instrumentation. The lyrics arenn't particularlly good, but as anything to do with Sabbath, it's all about emotion and not the lyrics. A great track, with good variation in central instruments.
4/5.

#2:You Won't Change Me.
This is a toughie, to be quite honest. If you are a fan of Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP, or Genesis, then this woul dbe rigth up your street, and seeing as I am, I love it! But it's understandable as to why Sabbath fans were slightly annoyed at the band, with their departure from heavy metal and arrival at, almost space-aged atmospheric Prog Rock, as this track is synth-driven. It's a slow burner, but all in all a good song.
4/5.

#3:It's Alright.
This, like many other Sabbath style ballads, is very slow, and dare I say,a slight sentimental. It's driven by Bill Ward's vocals, and his driving drum-beat. It's again, slightly Proggy, but I couldn't imagine the album without it. It gets quite heavy towards the end with more of a guitar bass and drum led influence. A great song.
4/5.

#4:Gypsy.
Deffinitley a stand-out. This track starts off with Bill Ward's bombastic drumming, and is interupted by Tony Iomi's blasting power-chord riffing. Ozzy's vocals pierce all of this, coming together in a great musically mixture. For this track (and Dirty Women) Sabbath seemed to have gone back to classic style, which is bassically riffing, allthough there is a great instrumental break half way through.
5/5.

#5:All Moving Parts (Stand Still).
This always sounded like a Spinal Tap song to me, it's a great song anywho, with a clear blues influence. I like this song a lot, and it remained my favourite song off the album for a long time, again, Sabbath return to their roots with some bombastic style blues riffage courtesy of the fretboard wizzards.
4/5.

#6:Rock 'N' Roll Doctor.
The name, as it suggests, is pretty much a Kiss song, it has a cool driving beat to it, but I can never really take a lot of the lyrics seriously, musical wise, it's great, but I just don't like the cheesiness of it all "I went to see a rock 'n roll docta'! I gotta see him! See him today! He gonna blow me away!". Deffinitley a low point in an otherwise good album.
3.5/5.

#7:She's Gone.
A haunting ballad, possibly the softest of all Sabbath ballads (And we've all heard Changes, right"). This song has some very heartfelt lyrics, maybe which reflect on real-life experiences. Anywho, this is a violin led song, and doesn't have (any") guitar in it at all. So for all you hard rockers, this is a no go. Otherwise a good song.
3.4/5.

#8: Dirty Women.
Woot! Dirty Women, for me, get's the prestigious "best song off this album" spot. As with a few other numbers, this is a hard-blues-rocker. Through and through. A fantastic song, with a really fun guitar part. Deffinitley my favourite.
5/5.

So there you have it, Technical Ecstacy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Priestmetal
July 8th 2005


542 Comments


O DIRTY WOMEN!!!! Such a great song... havnt heard the rest of the album though.

masada
July 8th 2005


2733 Comments


This album is horrible.

ChrisD
December 19th 2005


44 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dirty women....gotta love that breakdown riff!!

"It's alright" is a good song as well.

blekzebbed
March 30th 2006


65 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There is guitar in she's gone, it already starts after about 15 seconds. I love this album. If you compare it with other metal albums instead of other sabbath albums you'll see it's not bad. Not a classic, Gypsy should have been a hit song!

frasermiller
May 3rd 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is a masterpiece

frasermiller
May 3rd 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it is so evil and has the most haunting guiatr solos with an amazing.

frasermiller
May 3rd 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sound.

frasermiller
May 3rd 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is my favorite album of all time

tom79
May 12th 2006


3659 Comments


^whoaa quadruple post.

Anyway, I have this on vinyl, and I think its is pretty underrated as far as Sabbath albums go.

Digging: Band of Horses - Everything All the Time

dudeinthepassinglane
March 14th 2007


192 Comments


Buh, just on Frasier's impression, I may have to give this album a chance, although the only one I've heard is Dirty Women, which everyone seems to love... I didn't care for it.

freudianslipknot
April 3rd 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is my least favourite Sabbath album ever - including the Tony Martin era.

kygermo
October 11th 2008


1007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Its actually quite freakin good.

Nagrarok
March 28th 2009


8588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ozzy's vocals on here are horrible. They drag the album down. Although he's not a talented singer, he was brilliant on tracks such as War Pigs, but I just can't stand him here.

Meatplow
April 29th 2009


5524 Comments


I don't mind it, I dislike the prog tendencies enough to not listen to it much though. This was just before the end of my original obsession with Black Sabbath, Never Say Die wasn't enough to convince me to go further. Which of course, was a very silly thing to do ;)

mentalmidget666
June 25th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album really has nothing to offer except You Wont Change Me and Dirty Women. All the rest are really lacking in creativity and quality, consisting of uninteresting riffs thrown together and Ozzy singing about god knows what. A band of 10 year olds could have written Rock and Roll Doctor.

ConorMichaelJoseph
June 25th 2009


1870 Comments


Nah its pretty good actually. So there

Meatplow
July 19th 2009


5524 Comments


I've been listening to this and Never Say Die a lot today, i'm in the mood for this era of Sabbath lately.

It's really not that bad at all. I prefer Never Say Die more though.

Piglet
July 19th 2009


7810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it just doesn't match Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Paranoid and so on

Piglet
July 19th 2009


7810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haven't listened to that midget yet...

Piglet
July 19th 2009


7810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

okay, he's not a midget.



he's a talented midget.



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