Posted on November 17, 2009 -
This is one of the most enjoyable albums from Black Sabbath, Ozzy even says so! Just like another legendary U.K. band Deep Purple, they made a great album without Gillan and Blackmore called “Come Taste The Band,” well Sabbath did the same, without Dio or Ozzy. But of all people, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan!!! The voice of Jesus Christ Superstar. A strange pairing, but it really does work. Born Again is much closer in spirit to the early 70’s albums with Ozzy, and Gillan comes off sounding like a mad man, and a drugged up party animal leading Sabbath’s original trio down a path of true hard rock high jinx. I find that I reach for this Sabbath album more than any other, not because I’m a Gillan fan, but because of it’s inspired vibe, which gives the very best Sabbath albums a run for the money.
The only thing holding back the album from 5 stars is the muddy sound quality. Gillan blames bassist Geezer Butler for this. Story has it, Gillan heard the rough mixes (and still has them) and they sounded great, then Gezzer mixed the album with way too much bass. The remastering is actually pretty good, cleaning up some of the problem. Hopefully one day it will be re-mixed, or Mr. Gillan will release the earlier mixes.
Highlights: Trashed, Disturbing The Priest, Digital Bitch, Born Again & Keep It Warm
~ Black Sabbath: 4 1/2 stars