Sound — 8
This album differs from Black Sabbath's other albums. After volume 4, the band wished to try something abit different. You will still find classic style sabbath songs like the title track and "A National Acrobat". You will also find sme very different style songs like "Sabbra Cadabra" which is an up-tempo rock song featuring some of the catchiest riffs Iommi has ever made, although the instrumental "Fluff" is a bit boring. The production on the album is a bit of a let down though, the recording quality sounds really poor. Like previous album it features Geezer Butler's awesome bass lines and Bill Ward'ds monstrous drum fills. Also, Ozzy's voice is not the creepiest as it used to be but he is still at the top of his game.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics and this album are slightly more diverse then on other sabbath album's. "Sabbra Cadabra" is a happy go-lucky love song with some pretty great lyrics that are very different from other sabbath songs. "A National Acrobat" is about life after death, and the title track is about frustraion and the feeling of betrayal. The lyrics fit the songs very well, if t's a dark depresson song, Iommi delivers the right riffs to suit the situation. Ozzy's vocals are very clear on this album, and he manages to hit some very high notes on "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Killing Yourself To Live".
Overall Impression — 7
Out of the first 5 Sabbath album's, this is the first to strive away from Sabbath's ussual sound while still delevering the goods to older fans, it is much more diverse then any of the albums before it. The album starts off great with "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "A National Acrobat" but the instrument "Fluff" is abit boring, although very chill. "Killing Yourself To Live" definitly has it's moments but the album goes downhill from there. The only thing I really hate about this album is how it's starts off great and then just goes downhill. the songs near the end of the album aren't bad, they're just very different from the normal Sabbath style and takes awhile for them to grow on you. I would recommend this to someone who is lookinf for something that is diferent from you would normally expect from Black Sabbath.