Friday, 25 February 2011

CD Review: No Rest For The Wicked, by Ozzy Osbourne (1988)

Zakk Wylde joins on guitar, Bob Daisley returns on bass, Randy Castillo finds his mojo behind the drum set, and immediately there is an injection of power and purpose to the band. With a noticeable up-tick in the quality of the songwriting, and Wylde quickly establishing himself as a new guitar hero, No Rest For The Wicked is one of Ozzy Osbourne's stronger outings.

Gone are the aimless compositions that littered so many previous albums. Every song on No Rest For The Wicked establishes a meaningful presence with depth and balanced contributions from all the band members. Ozzy finally seems to be in synch with his band, and comfortable sharing the spotlight. Compared to the limp The Ultimate Sin, the songs on No Rest For The Wicked have variety, interesting structures, and an overall sense of mature and confident metal.

Miracle Man kicks off proceedings with a no-nonsense driving riff to introduce Wylde's immediate impact and stature. It's also a terrific condemnation of snake oil salesman pretending to be television's men of religion. Bloodbath In Paradise, about the Charlie Manson murders, is the other terrific track on the CD, once again Wylde's guitar leading from the front with a fast and accurate assault. Tattooed Dancer provides good support and keeps the accelerator floored as Ozzy gives Zack a lot of room to showcase and have fun.

The other six tracks on the album are not special, but neither are they weak. No Rest For The Wicked is made of solid metal, and while it may not always glitter, it is certainly not dull.


Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
Zakk Wylde - Guitar
Randy Castillo - Drums
Bob Daisley - Bass

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Miracle Man - 9
2. Devil's Daughter - 7
3. Crazy Babies - 7
4. Breaking All The Rules - 7
5. Bloodbath In Paradise - 9
6. Fire In The Sky - 7
7. Tattooed Dancer - 8
8. Demon Alcohol - 7
9. Hero - 7

Average: 7.56

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Keith Olsen.
Mixed by Keith Olsen.  Engineered by Gordon Fondyce and Gerry Napier.

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