Picks and Pans Review: Bark at the Moon

updated 02/13/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1984 01:00AM

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy provides rock's answer to Stephen King—horror with a wink. On his first LP in two years, the ex-Black Sabbath singer imagines himself as a werewolf who has been possessed and pushed in front of the microphone where, among other things, he pleads: "I'm just a rock 'n' roll rebel." Most of the tunes toy with dark-heartedness, but beneath the scary mask remains the class clown. If his hard rock music, belted out in that distinctive pub tenor, has become somewhat ossified, Osbourne does season his wham-bam tunes with B-grade monster-movie sound effects—a Phantom of the Opera organ on Centre of Eternity, for instance. The only real stylistic departure is So Tired, which is not the laconic old Pearl Bailey tune but a surprisingly sedate love song almost reminiscent of the Beatles. (Epic)

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