Carson gave this album
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.
|1||War Pigs/Luke's Wall||5||Electric Funeral|
|2||Paranoid||6||Hand of Doom|
|3||Planet Caravan||7||Rat Salad|
|4||Iron Man||8||Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots|