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2.0 out of 5 stars They're not even trying...., 11 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
Before I start, I would like it to be known that I'm a huge fan of Ozzy-era Sabbath, they are rock legends and have released some of the heaviest, darkest and most powerful rock music of all time. I was very excited about this release but unlike many fans, I refuse to give the band a free pass (lets face it, some fans are so desperate for new material they would hail it a masterpiece before even listening to the record).

As for me, I didn't hate it, I just found it tedious and in all honesty a bit dull. It doesn't really sound like they're even trying. There's only so many ways you can recycle the riffs to War Pigs, NIB and Black Sabbath before it just gets embarassing. Black Sabbath albums used to be so eclectic and varied, but this is just straight up doom metal, each song blending into the next with no real identity of its own.

It isn't completely without merit, Pariah is a decent enough track and Dear Father offers a much needed tempo change, but it's not even close to any of the other Ozzy-era albums. And anybody who says this is better than Never Say Die or Technical Ecstasy is kidding themselves.

I think what irks me most is that it could have and should have been so much better. It's not that it isn't good but the whole premise for the album seems so contrived. I blame Rick Rubin for that. You can't and shouldn't even attempt to re-create an older sound. Genuine inspiration doesn't work like that, any songwriter will tell you that. You create what comes naturally to you and you let the muse take you where it wants to go. That's how the old Sabbath albums were created, not with some douchebag producer breathing down their necks telling them how it should sound. If I was Ozzy or Tony I'd be like "who the hell are you to tell us how a Sabbath album should sound?".

I think the results would've been so much better if they had just gone into the studio and created whatever came naturally to them at their age. It probably wouldn't sound anything like Paranoid, Master of Reality or Black Sabbath (album), but then neither did Sabotage or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and they were amongst Sabbath's best work. The best records are never contrived and are usually born out of the artist feeling free to experiment and come up with new ideas. Trying to re-capture past glories is not only an impossible feat, it is also incredibly disingenuous.

Ah well. Next...
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2013 22:52:29 BDT
This album absolutely walks all over never say die and technical ecstasy.

Posted on 12 Jun 2013 08:23:37 BDT
Phil On says:
There's a lot of truth in what you're saying. But still the quality of the album and the musicians would bring it to at least 3 stars for me. It's not THAT bad!I don't think it's an easy album to get into.
More than being dissapointed in BS, I think that Rick Rubin failed to push the lads to deliver the best of themselves!
Look at what Bob Ezrin did with Deep Purple on Now What?!: a miracle! I was sort of hoping for the same here.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2013 01:26:19 BDT
Better than TE maybe. NSD no!!!

NSD was lively!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2013 22:37:31 BDT
JPJPJ says:
I totally agree with you, Pesto. I've listened to TE plenty of times to try to find something good but just can't. NSD, on the other hand, has got loads of good tracks on it (mostly on side 1) - a much underrated album, I think.

Posted on 24 Mar 2014 17:31:14 GMT
Dunnstorm says:
Exactly how I feel about this album
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