I was initially disappointed when Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath and replaced by Ronnie James Dio...and the same when Ian Gillan replaced Dio...but with each new singer and album...I felt they STILL had that "Sabbath sound"...just a fresh approach ! It also helped that I love Dio and Gillan's vocals with their other bands.
"Born Again" to me is underrated because of the expectations and previous shoes to fill...I suppose...but the work of Tony Iommi...Terry Butler and Bill Ward (welcome back albeit briefly at the time)...is EXCEPTIONAL here...and Ian Gillan sounds...well...like Ian Gillan...I enjoy his work! I think Ian overdid the sinister laughter and screaming on "Disturbing The Priest"...it almost sounded like he was making fun of the Sabbath "sinister" reputation...but it's a GREAT song ! Other standouts are "Trashed"....based on Ian having a few and then trashing a go-cart if I remember my story correctly..."Zero The Hero"...with some of the best guitar and rhythm ever done on a heavy metal album...a very catchy song...also the title song "Born Again" stands out for me. It has a very spooky...haunting feel to it. The rest of the songs are okay...but this Castle label release sounds pretty good to me...and there's a nice booklet with photos inside.
Of course Bill Ward didn't tour due to health reasons that year...and taking his place was ELO drummer Bev Bevan...and odd choice to me...but a great drummer...and friends told me the tour was pretty good !
This album may not be for everyone or for all Sabbath fans...but it's good....just for the fact that three of the four origional members are back together on it and played well !