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4 stars What you think about "Never say die" depends a whole lot on where you come from. If you like me started off with the early stuff or even the Dio-years I suspect you'll find "Never say die" a bit tough to chew. God knows I did. I took me years and years to come to grips with it. But like all other "hard to break"-albums the reward is greater than the effort when you see the light. I seldom or ever meet anyone who gets the same kicks out of this album as I do. It's simply a question of seeing it in another light. You cannot see it as the equivalent of "Sabbath, bloody sabbath" or "Heaven & Hell", you've got to see it as an album in itself, not comparing it with other releases. And I gúarantee it, if you get past that obstacle you'll find alot to cherish.

"Never say die" is for me one of the top albums in the Sabbath discography. The music stems out of frustration and anger, which makes the music so raw, despite it's well produced and sometimes slick, jazzy sounds. It may be a confused album in the sense that the band kind of lost it's way in a haze of drugs and alcohol but still it's both concise and together in a way that astounds me. What you have is a progressive, jazz-tinged heavy rock-album, far from the bluesy debut or the furious "Master of reality". Well, that's only just true. The jazz and progressiveness of Sabbath was always there but this is slicker and clearer. I can honestly say I love every track on the album but adore "Junior's eyes", "Air dance" and "Shock wave". It's a marvellous album. Bloody marvellous. Sit yourself down, drop your conventions and listen to the last breath of the Ozzy-era (so far, at least) and be amazed at it's greatness. It may be the last stand of an epoch buth what a last stand it is!

GruvanDahlman | 4/5 |


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