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NOT AS BAD AS THEY SAY,
This review is from: Forbidden (Audio CD)
It can't be denied that Forbidden has a pretty bad reputation. Many people and websites will tell you that this 1995 effort is Black Sabbath's 'worst' studio album. However, being the 'worst' Sabbath album doesn't mean that it's a bad album in itself... just not great when compared to some of Sabbath's earlier stellar offerings! It may seem rather uninspired and contrived in places, especially on first track The Illusion Of Power, but the band (the 1990 Tyr-era line-up reunited) do manage to produce some very good, powerful songs such as Get A Grip, I Won't Cry For You and Kiss Of Death. Tony Iommi's guitar work is top-notch as always and Tony Martin gives a fine (if not as good as on 1994's Cross Purposes) vocal performance. If you're an exclusive Ozzy and/or Dio devotee, Forbidden probably isn't for you. If you're new to Sabbath, there are far better albums to start with than Forbidden. However, if you're willing to approach Martin-fronted Sabbath with an open mind and/or enjoyed previous Martin releases, Forbidden is worth a try.