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The Ozzy Asylum: Album Review - Bark at the Moon

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Bark at the Moon

Track List:

  1. Bark at the Moon
  2. You're No Different
  3. Now You See It
    (Now You Don't)
  4. Rock 'n' Roll Rebel
  5. Centre of Eternity
  6. So Tired
  7. Slow Down
  8. Waiting for Darkness
  9. Spiders in the Night
    *Bonus Track on Most Copies

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Buy Bark At The Moon [Remaster] [6/25]

This is personally my favorite Ozzy album (and it's my favorite album by any artist, too). The sudden death of Randy Rhoads was a major blow to Ozzy's music, but Ozzy has enlisted an array of guitarists throughout the years who all helped Ozzy make some of the greatest albums of all time. Bark at the Moon is one of them, in my opinion. The first song on the album, the self-titled "Bark at the Moon" clearly shows that Jake E. Lee was a suitable replacement. The song is powerful, using some of the strongest riffs you'd ever hear in an 80's song. "You're No Different" is not as fast and rambunctious as "Bark at the Moon" but it carries a very pleasant rhythm, though it still rocks at times. It's the first Ozzy song that my sister listened to and gave a good complement on (She liked the beat); she's an Ozzy fan now. There's something about "Now You See It (Now You Don't)" that really brings back fond memories. The song rocks, not as hard as "Bark" but more than "Different". In the middle of the song, Ozzy sings out the line "Now you see it-now you don't", in 2 occasions, each having the line sung 3 times. When Ozzy's voice sings out the word "don't", during the second time the line "Now you see it-now you don't" is sung out... something about it really strikes something inside of me. I don't know what it is (Does this happen to anyone else or is it just me?). The beauty of this album is that the songs don't sound identical. Most rap songs sound strikingly similar; this album does nothing of the like. Take the song "Rock 'n' Roll Rebel". This song doesn't quite sound like the first 3 songs, but it does sound slightly similar to "Slow Down", though "Slow Down" is a bit faster. "Rebel" says it all like it is-Ozzy's "just a rock 'n' roll rebel". I have 3 favorites from this album; though I love the entire album, there are only 3 songs that stick out as my favorites. "Bark at the Moon" is one of them. "Waiting for Darkness" is another-more on that song later. And the third would easily have to be "Centre of Eternity". It starts out slow but then it does a 180-degree turn and becomes as fast (if not, faster) than "Bark at the Moon". The lyrics are thought provoking: "The time is coming, but also going/And it's leaving, never to return/It can be forever; it may be heaven/But if it's hell then you can watch me burn" I will admit fully that I didn't like "So Tired" from a first listening. I used to skip it. But after awhile, I started listening to it and now, I can say that I like the song. It's a soft ballad, which is well-placed, considering "Centre of Eternity" is right in front of it; people need something to calm their eardrums after that song, anyway. Moving on: When I first read the lyrics to "Slow Down", I thought that it wouldn't be anything like, say, "Rock 'n' Roll Rebel" but after listening to it, I found out that the song is rather similar to "Rebel", as I mentioned above. And the last song on the album, "Waiting for Darkness", is the perfect way to end a perfect album. The music is nothing like any other song on the album: like the entire album, a keyboard is used throughout this song. The effect of the keyboard and the guitars alone make this song the perfect album-closer but the lyrics are yet another treat. From the lyrics, the song seems to be saying "I'm waiting for death" but I guess it depends on how you interpret it. This album seems kind of underrated, probably because Randy Rhoads never played on it. But the album is still top-notch perfect. I do wonder sometimes... would the album be even better if Randy played on it? We'll never know, but one thing is certain-this album isn't only for Ozzy fans-it's for rock and roll fans.
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