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If you listen to fools...,
This review is from: Mob Rules (Audio CD)
... the mob rules! This is way better than Heaven and Hell, and is the second to last great Sabbath album (preceding Born Again). The title track rocks harder than anything they'd done in years. This is Ronnie James Dio's second of three albums with the Sab, the third one being about a decade later with "Dehumanizer", which is an okay record. Dio tones down his Dungeons and Dragons themes slightly - but he still talks about "I should be at the table round, a servant of the crown...", which is sort of silly but that was his thing. Vinnie Appice (Carmine's brother) is a solid drummer and was, at that time, in much better shape than Bill Ward. According to Kurt Cobain, Bill was in a mental institution around this time but he may have been lying. Anyway. Geezer's still in top form, check out the bass solo of "Slipping Away" and his lightning-fast hammer-ons in "Falling off the Edge of the World". Tony Iommi's solos on this record may very well be his best. From the wah-wah excursions of "Turn Up the Night" to the soulful bends near the end of the title track to the frantic fretwork at the end of "Over and Over", Iommi's leads are amazing. The riffs are a bit darker than Heaven and Hell, which was more of a melodic album. "Country Girl" is one of the heavier tracks and has a bridge that reminds the fans of Dio's love for "Sailing" (which he mentions at least 3 or 4 times between this album and Heaven and Hell). If you like this album you may like Born Again: Deep Purple's Ian Gillan replaces Ronnie James, and Bill Ward comes back for some reason.