Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon

Deke and I are doing a dual review of this one! He’s gonna be a helluva smarter and more in tune about it than I ever will be, so GO READ HIS EXCELLENT POST RIGHT HERE!!

Right, so I don’t even know where I got this CD, but it was probably in the $5 bin at Wally World. I’m a sucker for a bargain.

We open with the title track, and it’s a stone classic. Everyone knows this song, right? Of course you do! It’s a fun Ozzy greatest hit with a killer guitar solo section. You’re No Different slows things down a bit, Ozzy all 80s ballady though it can’t quite hide its metal leanings. Now You See It (Now You Don’t) brings back the rock with a really satisfying bluesy chug.

Rock ’n’ Roll Rebel keeps the stomp alive with another distinctive kick-ass rocker that only Ozz could muster. Center of Eternity starts off with some chanting and bells ringing that leads to a big church organ… is this a nod to his Sabbath days in some way? When the song kick in it’s another kick-ass rocker. Nice one!

Up next is a 3-fer of song titles that would make one believe Ozzy wanted a break. So Tired is a bit of a plodding ballad. The title’s pretty apt! The strings give it lift, but the backing vocals made me giggle. Still, it’s a pretty tune that’s just a wee bit too fast for a slow dance at the high school prom. Slow Down does anything but, pummeling us from the get-go and refusing to drive less than 100 mph. The synth stabs were a bit cheesy, though I suppose it was the times. This would sound great on some 80s fighter jet movie soundtrack. Waiting For Darkness brings us back to hard-hitting Ozzy mid-tempo rocker mode, with a synth line that screams L.A. cop movie circa 1985. It has good energy, and I like the orchestrations.

Spiders is suitably slinky and creepy and still rockin’ as you’d expect. The bassline makes this track, and is front and center. And finally, One Up The ‘B’ Side rounds out the album with another Ozzy rocker. Fun times.

In Sum:

I liked it! Ozzy in 1983 is fun, light, and a little cheesy. There’s enough crunchy guitar and big hairy riffs to keep me satisfied, but I only heard the one certified greatest hit in the whole lot (the title track). Ah well, it’s not like it mattered. Ozzy has a sound, and he milks it for all it’s worth. My favourite parts of the album were probably the orchestra/string sections.

18 thoughts on “Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon

  1. J. says:

    I don’t know any Ozzy solo stuff other than the Ozzmosis album (meaning I’m one of the few that doesn’t know Bark At The Moon!). Keep meaning to check out more, but I’m led to believe the solo stuff is patchy.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      It may be patchy, I don’t know! I’d ask Mike and Deke for knowledgeable opinions. 🙂 Myself, I only have a couple of the solo albums. I would recommend No More Tears, I have a soft spot for that record. I generally see an earlier solo record in the $5 bin every so often, I imagine you would too. Keep your eyes peeled!

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  2. mikeladano says:

    You know what, I think Ozzy did want to take a break. Randy Rhoads was barely cold in the ground. I’m sure the last thing he wanted to do was audition hundreds of guys and find his replacement, then write a new album, record it, and tour. Ozzy never seemed happy to me during this period.

    But, it’s as you said a remarkably light fun and cheesey album given that! Overall not as instant as the first two Ozzys but still a damn good Ozzy record.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          It’s a fine line. I mean, you have to grieve and it sucks. Have to. But you also have to get back on the horse and keep going. You can’t ignore your pain, and you can’t wallow. How much time between one and the other is a personal thing.

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          1. mikeladano says:

            There are some in fandom, myself included, who feel Sharon has perhaps pushed Ozzy to more than he should have. I think Ozzy could have used a break, but momentum is a very real thing too. He was on a roll. Things change fast in music. Dio had a solo album coming out. Ozzy had to prove he could find somebody as good as Randy. He was on every drug in the world in the middle of all this.

            Probably Sharon did the right thing. Keep him busy. Keep him from falling into a rut. But still this was not a happy time for Ozzy. He really buries this entire period.

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Yeah that’s why I was saying it’s a fine line. Throwing someone right back into the soup is a horrible idea, and letting them wallow is also bad bad bad. I dunno, what’s an appropriate mourning time.

              Weird to think Ozzy would have cared what others were doing and releasing. He had his own fan base, even then, and could have taken some time and come back strong.

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  3. deKE says:

    Awesome…I like how we have a total different slant on the use of the strings ….Me the Metal Head(One Trick Pony) Yourself (as the Melting Pot!)….
    This was fun….

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha you know I was listening to that and wondering what you’d think about the strings parts! Now I know!

      This was absolutely fun, Deke. And thanks for getting me to give this another spin and write it up. I’m up for another one anytime, let me know!

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