The Devil You Know

  • Record Label: Rhino
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2009
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27

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  1. BobR
    May 4, 2009
    3
    I listened to this release twice through. There is nothing very memorable on this CD. This is coming from a long time Sabbath fan, Dio fan and Ozzy fan. I have all their albums, all the various Sabbath incarnations, and this CD might be the most disappointing of them all. Born Again is a close second. Thumbs down.
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63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. While the Osbourne-fronted and Dio-fronted versions of Black Sabbath are, again, very different bands, this is an album that matches its moment every bit as perfectly as "Paranoid" did back in 1970.
  2. There is a small group of Black Sabbath fans who believe the band produced its best work after singer Ronnie James Dio replaced Lord of Darkness/future variety-show host Ozzy Osbourne in the late '70s. Alas, their case will not be aided by their new album.
  3. Heaven and Hell excel at ye olde power-dungeon plod. Too bad Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler's most churning riffs tend to last mere seconds, before getting buried under attention-deficit arrangements and Dio's theatrical mythopoeia--which gets tiring when so many songs exceed six minutes.