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Bark At The Moon? Well, It Doesn't Bite... - 57%

asklater, December 14th, 2004

Did you know that Ozzy's discography has now been remastered and reprinted for a second time? Don't ask me how he manages to sell all this stuff; I guess he brainwashes the kids who watch his show, or something.

Bark At The Moon, Ozzy's third album and first since the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads, is really quite mediocre, although new guitarist Jake E. Lee isn't the one to blame. It starts off on a high note, with the well known title track, but really isn't a memorable effort like Blizzard of Ozz was.

While Blizzard is considered a timeless classic, BATM sounds quite dated, to be honest. The (over)use of synthesizers and backing vocals make evident the fact that this record came out in '83. In making a record that conformed to the trends of the day, Ozzy also made sure that Bark At The Moon wouldn't hold up 20 years later.

Mind you, there are some good tracks on this one, namely the title track, fourth track Rock 'N' Roll Rebel, and fifth track Centre of Eternity, which stands out stylistically from the rest of the album. While the other tracks are typical 80's pop metal, Centre of Eternity almost sounds like Ozzy era Black Sabbath playing speed metal, which is kinda cool.

One thing that really kills any momentum this album has, however, is the fact that the three good tracks are followed by mediocre ballads. Second track You're No Different is murdered by a horrible synth, and, at a painful 5 minutes 49 seconds, is the longest song on here. And Rock 'N' Roll Rebel and Centre of Eternity both come before So Tired, the record's softest track. While the Ozzman did have some decent balads on No More Tears and Ozzmosis, he obviously hadn't honed his ballad writing skills back in '83, cuz neither of the ballads on Bark At The Moon are even listenable.

As a whole, the songs on BATM are all quite long, with none being less than 4 minutes long (save bonus track One Up The "B" Side), and most being over the five minute mark. In fact, when Bark At The Moon was first released, it only had eight tracks on it. While Ozzy's first wave of remasters (released in '95), didn't contain any bonus tracks, there are two on this record, Spiders, and the aformentioned One Up The "B" Side. As with the last two tracks, Slow Down and Waiting For Darkness, neither are memorable in any way.

Bark At The Moon may be better than the ballad heavy Ozzmosis, but it's not nearly as good as Blizzard Of Ozz, or No More Tears, for that matter. For ten bucks, it's not a terrible purchase, but I'm glad that I didn't pay any more than that for it.