The Mob Rules review by Black Sabbath

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  • Released: Nov 4, 1981
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (20 votes)
Black Sabbath: The Mob Rules
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Sound — 9
This CD was the last successful cd effort by Black Sabbath. It was also the last CD with 3/4 of the original line-up still in the band, with Ronnie James Dio fronting the band. The music in the cd is very abnormally fast paced for a Sabbath CD, with songs like Turn Up The Night and The Mob Rules. It is obvious that techno sound are starting to invade the band especially in the song E5150.

Lyrics — 10
Ronnie James Dio's classic lyrics about mythical creatures and midevil times are still as alive in this cd as they were while he was with other bands like Rainbow. Dio's voice, similar to Bruce Dickinson's of Iron Maiden, sounds better than ever, and they go along great with Iommi, Butler, and Ward's musical talents.

Overall Impression — 9
This CD is just as good as, if not better than Heaven and Hell, the first album by Black Sabbath with Diol, however, it doesn't live up to the standards of previos CDs like Paranoid or Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath. This CD spawned 3 singles: The Mob Rules, Turn Up The Night, and Voodoo. If I ever lost this CD I would definitly buy it again. It was worth every cent.

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