Carson gave this album 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes on 2007-11-20.

Paranoid has to be one of the most defining albums of the Heavy Metal genre. Songs such as "Iron Man" and the title track, "Paranoid", still get a lot of radio-play on classic rock and metal stations. "War Pigs", "Paranoid", "Planet Caravan", "Iron Man" and possibly other tracks have been covered - some of them numerous times. If emulation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then Black Sabbath should be extremely proud of their second album.

I admit, there are a couple of songs of this album that just don't move me, namely "Hand of Doom" and "Rat Salad". Overall though, these tracks do not detract from the album as a whole as the other songs are phenomenal; the driving guitar of "Paranoid", the distortion of "Iron Man", the ambiance of "Planet Caravan", and the humor of "Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots" mean that there is something for everyone.

For those who like social messages in their music, "War Pigs/Luke's Wall" in all of it's eight minute glory should satisfy. If apocalyptic messages are more your thing, then "Electric Funeral" will fulfill your request admirably.

To reiterate, Paranoid is a solid album with few downsides; a wide range of tempos and heaviness levels, as well as a bit of humor thrown in, should have at least a couple of songs to satisfy almost everyone.

TrackNameCarsonKatherine   TrackNameCarsonKatherine
1 War Pigs/Luke's Wall 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes     5 Electric Funeral 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes
2 Paranoid 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes     6 Hand of Doom 2 notes2 notes
3 Planet Caravan 3 notes3 notes3 notes     7 Rat Salad 1 notes
4 Iron Man 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes     8 Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots 5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes5 notes

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