10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The unexpected death of guitarist Randy Rhoads left Ozzy Osbourne in a difficult position. Rhoads had helped Osbourne find his voice in the post-Black Sabbath years of the early ‘80s and contributed mightily to Osbourne’s first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Osbourne found the perfectly competent Jake E. Lee to take his place, but the shift in sound was noticeable. Guitars were now being merged with keyboards to create a more radio-friendly sound, while Ozzy himself still viewed himself as an outsider being crucified by the non-believers. The werewolf of the title track is quite fun, but it’s with “Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel” that Osbourne feels the need to explain that he is not, in fact, a Satan worshipper. “You’re No Different” is a sympathetic ballad that further shows how Osbourne would really like to be considered a normal person.  “Centre of Eternity” is the album’s obvious highlight, a fast and furious hard-rock tune that best exhibits Ozzy’s veteran status, while “So Tired” and “Slow Down” suggest that Ozzy’s excesses are taking their physical and psychological toll on the legendary frontman.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The unexpected death of guitarist Randy Rhoads left Ozzy Osbourne in a difficult position. Rhoads had helped Osbourne find his voice in the post-Black Sabbath years of the early ‘80s and contributed mightily to Osbourne’s first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Osbourne found the perfectly competent Jake E. Lee to take his place, but the shift in sound was noticeable. Guitars were now being merged with keyboards to create a more radio-friendly sound, while Ozzy himself still viewed himself as an outsider being crucified by the non-believers. The werewolf of the title track is quite fun, but it’s with “Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel” that Osbourne feels the need to explain that he is not, in fact, a Satan worshipper. “You’re No Different” is a sympathetic ballad that further shows how Osbourne would really like to be considered a normal person.  “Centre of Eternity” is the album’s obvious highlight, a fast and furious hard-rock tune that best exhibits Ozzy’s veteran status, while “So Tired” and “Slow Down” suggest that Ozzy’s excesses are taking their physical and psychological toll on the legendary frontman.

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