Saturday, 19 July 2014
CD Review: Born Again, by Black Sabbath (1983)
Black Sabbath self-administer a lobotomy, and the outcome is a shockingly bad album called Born Again.
The album consists of seven meaningful tracks, of which only one, opener Trashed, is anywhere near to being worthy of a second listen, and then only because it rips off the Paranoid riff. The other six songs range from rubbish (Digital Bitch) to annoying nonsense (Hot Line, Zero The Hero, Disturbing The Priest) to the tolerably average (Born Again, Keep It Warm). Most of the tracks smell of quickie writing jobs to rush out a product, and the album's production values are amateurish, even for the early 1980s era.
Gillan squeals, screams, screeches and laughs hysterically, all to no avail. No amount of vocal pyrotechnics can hide the horrid content. Born Again dies a quick, miserable, and well-deserved death.
Tony Iommi - Guitars
Ian Gillan - Vocals
Geezer Butler - Bass
Bill Ward - Drums
Keyboards - Geoff Nicholls
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Trashed - 8
2. Stonehenge - n/a (short instrumental)
3. Disturbing The Priest - 6
4. The Dark - n/a (short sound effects)
5. Zero The Hero - 6
6. Digital Bitch - 5
7. Born Again - 7
8. Hot Line - 6
9. Keep It Warm - 7
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