Diary of a Madman is the second solo studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 7 November 1981, and re-issued on CD on 22 August 1995. This is the last Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake. An altered version appeared in 2002 with the original bass and drum parts removed and re-recorded. In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
Flying High Again—-This second solo outing from Osbourne finds him in great voice and backed by a stellar band…perhaps classic is the best word. The feel of the music…helped usher in the hair Metal feel of the later 80’s. The slight vocal manipulations make the vocal seem so strong…..but it is the guitar delivery from Rhoads that defines the release. This is a classic and enduring track.
You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll—-Wonderful and beautiful guitar chords usher in this track….classic in sound and filled with the quintessential sounds of the 80’s. Soaring guitars and classic melancholy vocals….amped up mid stream with huge electricity and power riffs. this is a fantastic track….I love the sentiment and the mood of the song, This is fantastic.
Believer—-A great Sabbath style bass line introduces the track that seems to evaporate into a pile of momentary noise before the clarity of the guitar clears things up a bit. Osbourne delivers a vocal and mood that would have fit perfectly on any Sabbath record…this is a kind of odd track…all the sound effects in the production take away from the potential power of the song.
Little Dolls—-A great drum intro ushers in more classic sounding metal that defined the 80’s. Osbourne sounds in such great voice…the overlays on his vocal give the tone an almost menacing tone. This is a great song I never paid much attention to. the guitars and the slight squeals that are produced are fantastic. The double tracked vocal is awesome…..great track.
Tonight—-Returning to full on ballad mode, the intricate guitars are fantastic. Osbourne sings with an expressive quality that sucks you in and makes you feel the words. The bridge/chorus is a huge affair that is just classic ballad Metal. This is really nice….Ozzy at his best.
S.A.T.O.—-Full throttle Metal that really does not fit the entire meaning of the song….the initials standing for Satan Always Takes Over…..the track is not nearly as menacing or evil. This is blistering if only for the great guitar work from Rhoads…..who seems to make the guitar sounds literally soar above your head and take flight. This is fantastic….instrumentally and vocally…lyrically it falls a bit short.
Diary Of A Madman—-Again with the quiet and genial guitar intro, this release is a lot of promise but takes a bit to get used to. When the guitars really kick in on this track I am hopeful…but the electricity quickly dies away for a more acoustic feel again. Where is the power and the grit??? Where is the Metal. Half of this release is near ballad material. I remain disappointed.
*** out of 5