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Black Sabbath


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3 stars Better than you've heard

Well this is the Ian Gillan/Deep Purple Sabbath album. He always sounded a little like a fish out of water with Sabbath and yet this oft-abused release turns out to be one of their darkest and heaviest outings period.

The mix was awful and I remember reading that the wrong sub-par mix was accidentally used in the pressing instead of the clean-up mix. An amateur mistake for a veteran band and not a good sign on the surface. "Trashed" is a rip-roaring almost punkish opener that along with the thunderous rock of "Disturbing the Priest" constitute a reasonably nasty good opening. On side two, the title track "Born Again" is the highlight, a brooding and mysterious piece that I can still enjoy. It's the only song that the band really sounds like they were unified in vision and taking their time, the rest of the album sounds like they wrote it Friday night, partied on Saturday, and recorded it on Sunday morning. And yet that's not all bad. What some see as hopelessly disjointed can sound to others like a refreshingly loose approach. Iomni has some seriously crushing, tasty riffs throughout.

Despite some problem in execution "Born Again" is one of the Sabs I return to most often in my middle age days. I like the dirty raw sound, the darkness, the energy-I sense a feeling of guys who know they're getting old and are grasping at youth. That may or may not be the case but on this album they left a vibe that makes me feel that way.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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