Black Sabbath Vol. 4

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1972 Ratings: #78 / 112
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Based on 432 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Vol. 4 is a less cohesive effort than its two immediate predecessors, but is all the more fascinating for it. Die-hard fans sick of the standards come here next, and some end up counting this as their favorite Sabbath record for its eccentricities and for its embodiment of the band's excesses.

30
Sputnikmusic

Despite the reverence shown towards the record, Vol. 4 can be described as nothing more than a stale, meek offering from a tired, worn out band.

Geem
75

I never actually knew that Going Through Changes by Eminem had a sample; strange. Not all that much stood out to me, other than Changes and the weird experimental interlude FX. This felt like a major step down from the previous 2 records, and even the first one. Vol.4 feels a bit more commercialized and synthetic compared to anything they've put out previously. But since the previous 2 records were so great, Vol.4 still manages to be a really good project 🦧

MasterCrackfox
72

Black Sabbath were riding a wave of momentum after three stellar releases coming into their fourth record, which ended up getting the boring Vol. 4 title instead of the cocaine-praising Snowblind. Like watering down a cool album title for something forgettable, Vol. 4 is the first instance in which Sabbath feel like they have watered down their sound, moving from experimental and influential to safe and similar.

Sure, there are moments where Sabbath step out from their usual affair on Vol. ... read more

ThomasGuy
85

I have come to the conclusion that Bill Ward is my favorite drummer of all time.

PatrycjaRachel
70

In this album, the artists paid more attention to the instrumental itself than to the lyrics and vocals, but it still sounds really good. Black Sabbath has really sophisticated riffs and an interesting sound. There is no lack of an appropriate message. Here my notes:
1. "Wheels of Confusion" - 9/10
2. "Tomorrow's Dream" - 6/10
3. "Changes" - 9/10
4. "FX" - X/10
5. "Supernaut" - 7.5/10
6. "Snowblind" - 6/10
7. "Cornucopia" - ... read more

J0eMeat55
60

This is just boring in my opinion. The style change to a more hard rock rather than heavy/doom metal creates some boring songs. Many of these songs are just bland hard rock that just doesn’t hit as hard as the stuff on their first three albums. The mixing is so crap too. Everything is so condensed and it can get mind-numbing listening to some songs. There are some songs and moments that I liked, but they by far don’t make up for the negatives. Overall this is just a basic project ... read more

JackUwU
85

Sorry for a bit of wait - That Kendrick record had me mega occupied

A completely different turn from Black Sabbath's other releases, but it works surprisingly well! Lovely instrumentals, vocal performances, and amazing pacing. Vol. 4 is a contender for my person fav Black Sabbath record so far

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Track List

  1. Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener
  2. Tomorrow's Dream
  3. Changes
  4. FX
  5. Supernaut
  6. Snowblind
  7. Cornucopia
  8. Laguna Sunrise
  9. St. Vitus Dance
  10. Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes 
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Added on: May 14, 2013