No More Tears is the sixth studio album as a solo-artist by British heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and one of the first CDs I ever bought with my own money. It was released on September 17, 1991, and sold more than 5 million copies to date.
As a teenager, I used to get my rock information from Vanessa Warwick through MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball Europe, and I remember watching the video to No More Tears for the first time on a Sunday night and thinking for myself how awesome that bass line sounded. I had just started playing the bass a few weeks prior and told myself that I had to know how to play that line, so I went off the next day to get the album.
Every song on No More Tears is excellent, but a few songs just stand out for me:
Track 2: I Don’t Want To Change The World
Track 3: Mama, I’m Coming Home
Track 5, No More Tears
Track 7: Hellraiser
Track 9: Zombie Stomp, a song with another totally awesome bass line!
Even though Ozzy is often portrayed as a madman, I feel his lyrics are superb. Especially on this album. Just a few highlights, “You know it ain’t easy, You know it ain’t fair, So don’t try to please me, Because I really don’t care” (I Don’t Want To Change The World), “Times gone by, seems to be, you could have been a better friend to me. Mama, I’m coming home”, “I’m living on an endless road, Around the world for rock and roll, Sometimes it feels so tough, But I still ain’t had enough” (Hellraiser). The album is full of honest lyrics that might make you laugh, cry, happy, sad, or simply make you stop to take a moment and reflect on your own life. Seriously, fascinating what Ozzy created here.
I wasn’t really into Ozzy before picking up No More Tears, but when I pushes play for the first time and Zakk Wylde’s guitar riff blasted out of my stereo after the toy-play intro, it was a revelation. There was not one song I didn’t like. Also, that was when I fell in love with Zakk Wylde’s guitar playing; I actually fell in love with the whole band. Bob Daisley on bass, Randy Castillo on drums and John Sinclair on keys are all fantastic. And having Lemmy from Motörhead as a guest vocalist on Hellraiser and Mike Inez as musical director just gives extra value to Ozzy’s music. Not to mention the fabulous production by Duane Baron and John Purdell that underlines the greatness of the album.
Total grade: 9.25/10
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