Jan. 30th, 2011

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A Song From My Favorite Album

I have a lot of favorite albums, so I'm picking one from the first album I ever called my favorite, Black Sabbath's eponymous debut. I first heard it when I was in sixth grade, and I immediately fell in love with everything about it -- the sound, the darkness of the lyrics, the album's cover. To me, Black Sabbath were like a Hammer horror film set to music, and I loved those Hammer films. "N.I.B." closes out the first side and has such a wonderful groove to it. There's nothing fancy, nothing flashy, and nothing particularly difficult in terms of musicianship, but it rocks. It's pretty much one sludgy riff, repeated over and over while Ozzy (or Ossie, as he still spelled his name then) sings about how he's Lucifer. It's like proto-grunge, only so much better. And man, that album cover . . . it still gives me chills.

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