Tuesday, 15 February 2011

CD Review: Diary Of A Madman, by Ozzy Osbourne (1981)

More of a lost soul wandering the wilderness abandoned by creativity than a madman, Ozzy Osbourne's second solo album finds him floundering to latch on to meaningful compositions. Diary Of A Madman is the second and final Ozzy Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads, who would die at age 25 in a light aircraft crash four months after the release of the record.

With an ace guitarist at his disposal but no seasoned band members providing complementary songwriting depth, Ozzy unfortunately comes up for the most part dry in the inspiration department.

S.A.T.O. (most likely referring to Sail Across The Ocean) is the exception, the one track with complexity, energy and intensity. Interestingly, it is also the track where Ozzy pauses for a long instrumental passage in the heart of the song, allowing Rhoads to showcase his talent in the centre circle rather than at the end with a meek fade-out.

Over The Mountain is a muscular opener, full of intent and the promise of purpose and power that is rarely delivered in the rest of the album. Closer and title track Diary Of A Madman is saved by a harrowing ending that does indeed take us to an asylum in the midst of a takeover by the lunatics.

The rest of the album has a lot of Ozzy emotion overburdening flimsy melodies that simply cannot take the weight, and end up crushed into a tangle of indifference.


Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
Randy Rhoads - Guitar
Robert Daisley - Bass
Lee Kerslake - Drums

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Over The Mountain - 9
2. Flying High Again - 6
3. You Can't Kill Rock And Roll - 7
4. Believer - 6
5. Little Dolls - 6
6. Tonight - 6
7. S.A.T.O. - 10
8. Diary Of A Madman - 8

Average: 7.25

Produced by Max Norman, Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads.
Engineered by Max Norman.

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