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Keyboard-driven misdirected mishmash (with great vocals...),
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This review is from: Sacred Heart (Audio CD)
The most underrated voice in rock, a stickler for top production and surrounded by top-flight session players at all times, Dio basically can't put out a "bad" album. But there's a wide range between "pretty decent" and "superb" and this is at the lowly decent side of things. A couple of standout songs are lost in a sea of keyboards and over-simplified radio-friendly riffing -- uncharacteriscally upbeat drivel, but it still sounds good. Just little to get excited about. The first two Dio albums are absolute classics of metal; Dream Evil is among the best guitar-oriented albums of the late 80s as well. Recently Dio's stylistic missteps have been to become too harsh and apocalyptic, but in the mid 80s it was trying too hard to score radio hits. Hopefully with Magica Dio is getting back to the Last In Line/Dream Evil style of which he is the undisputed master. Not bad, but not essential. Non-fans who want to check Dio out should start with Holy Diver, Dream Evil, Last In Line, or one of the import collections. Also Rainbow Rising, Rainbow On Stage, and Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell...
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Initial post: Jul 17, 2010 12:09:12 PM PDT
Funny, but I was pretty much a non-fan until I heard one of his 'harsh and apocalyptic' albums of the '90s, "Strange Highways." I loved it, and that album alone brought me into the Dio fold. I now own all of his albums and enjoy them all, but among my favorites are his three '90s albums, "Lock Up the Wolves," "Strange Highways," and "Angry Machines." Go figure. I do agree with your assessment of "Sacred Heart" though. It's good, but certainly not among Dio's best.
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