Ozzy Osbourne
No More Tears


4.5
superb

Review

by ReturnToRock USER (303 Reviews)
September 15th, 2005 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


In 1991, when No More Tears was released, Ozzy Osbourne was in a lot of sh*t. He still hadnít found a permanent replacement for the deceased Randy Rhoads; Bob Daisley was threatening to quit his band; his relationship with Sharon was in tatters; and his well-known drug abuse problems were starting to get the best of him. So it wasnít in the most cheerful of moods that he set out to do this album. However, it would prove to be as fine a therapy as the best shrink could prescribe.

For the inception of No More Tears, two all-around rockíníroll legends teamed up, since Ozzy had precious assistance from his long time friend Mr. Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy co-wrote the lyrics to several songs on the album, including apologetic ballad Mama Iím Coming Home, dedicated to Sharon. Another precious helper, and source of inspiration, was soon-to-be Ozzy bassist Mike Inez. He came up prior to the completion of the album and, in the audition, laid down what would become the title trackís world-famous bassline. As a result, and although Bob Daisley is credited as bassist, Inez earns a slot in the booklet under ębass and creative inspirationĽ.

Another big problem Ozzy solved with this record was the matter of who his next guitarist would be. Since Rhoads had passed away, Ozzy had worked with both Jake E. Lee and Brad Gillis. However, none of them had fully satisfied the Madman, and he was short of a guitarist for his new album. Then along comes Zakk Wylde. Ozzy liked what he saw, and not only was Zakk hired for the spot, he has kept it to this day, with No More Tears marking the beginning of one of the most solid relationships in contemporary rock history.

So things were definitely picking up for Ozzy, who exorcized all his demons in this albumís songs. Nearly every other track talks about how the world always blames Ozzy and how he feels bad about it all. However, the Madmanís experience and savoir faire keep these lyrics from sounding like the typical whining that we associate with nu-metal, for example, and instead makes them classy pieces of songwriting.

Musically, this album is as heavy as hard rock gets. Zakkís multiple influences, ranging from stoner rock to death metal, help him achieve an unique guitar style which greatly helps these songs. His soloing is very technical and his riffs are monumental, helping make songs like Mr.Tinkertrain (a phaedophile anthem) and Hellraiser colossal blasts of pounding heavy rock.

However, as good as the heavy tracks are, itís in the ballads that this album really shines. There are three, all of which top notch material (although Time After Time is weaker than Mama, and certainly weaker than Road To Nowhere. All three are beautiful, introspective, but by no means mellow moments, and once again Zakkís guitar style adds to this.

But it would be unfair not to mention the other member of the band, drummer Randy Castillo. His steady tempos help give the songs a much-needed consistency, adding to the overall quality of this record.

However, No More Tears is not without its flaws. A.V.H and Zombie Stomp are pure filler, with uninteresting choruses and musical patterns. However, all is forgiven by the scorching solo on Mama Iím Coming Home.

The recent reissue of this masterpiece comes with two bonus tracks, the midtempo Donít Blame Me and the ripping, roaring MŲtorheadian romp Party With The Animals (perhaps influenced by Lemmy). Both fit in well and enhance an already very good album, that every hardíníheavy fan should definitely look into.



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razorsedge
September 15th 2005


41 Comments


good review on the album. Haven't heard much of it but what i have i liked. Also where are all the other ozzy reviews there is barely any.

temporary
September 15th 2005


207 Comments


I've only heard the title track its pretty kickass. Very good review.

Storm In A Teacup
September 15th 2005


25020 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Black Sabbath is so much better than Ozzy's solo stuff.



The only thing that is Ozzy that is worth picking up is The Ozzman Cometh if you can find not overcharged.



A lot of his stuff is all like $15 where I live.

..Jesus..
September 15th 2005


1 Comments


this album kicks ass man

Priestmetal
September 15th 2005


542 Comments


Ok just to let you know Zakk Wylde joined Ozzy Osbourne's band in 1988, and is featured in the album No Rest for the Wicked (which I have reviewd if you wanna check it out). Just for you to get your facts straight...

ReturnToRock
September 16th 2005


3446 Comments


oops! okay, okay, i forgot no rest... i knew zakk was in on that album too. my bad...

also, zakk could have been just another throwaway guitarist. this album marked his debuut as a long-term ozzy guitarist. This Message Edited On 09.16.05

Priestmetal
September 17th 2005


542 Comments


I dont think so. Zakk was pretty good and he definitly impressed Ozzy. My impression based on the CD booklet which includes some comments from Ozzy on the album and stuff is that he was here to stay.

Cousin_Ed
November 22nd 2005


17 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I LOVE ZOMBIE STOMP!!!



not much of a solo, but totally jive-n >_>



Zakk performed on No rest for the wicked btw which was in 1988.



I love this album, i think its non stop action from the pedophile song to the end.This Message Edited On 11.22.05

ThroneOfAgony
May 14th 2012


3485 Comments


There are so many good tracks here, this is easily one of my favorite Ozzy albums

KjSwantko
May 14th 2012


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

back when Zakk Wylde was good

BigPleb
September 10th 2013


56004 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules.

Digging: Azusa - Heavy Yoke

KjSwantko
October 21st 2013


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Some of this is so fucking manly.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 21st 2013


7598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"back when Zakk Wylde was good"



So there WAS a period when Zakk was actually a good guitarist ?



Damn...

sapient
February 28th 2014


2407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Zakk Wylde actually is my personal favorite Ozzy guitarist. Although I do love a lot of Randy Rhoads

stuff too

JaySPNJ
April 5th 2014


69 Comments


S.I.N is amazing. No more tears and no rest for the wicked rule

RunOfTheMill
May 11th 2014


3882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

T/t is pretty sweet

Digging: Outrage (JPN) - Black Clouds

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2014


17866 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Possibly the tastiest bassline of any Ozzy song

RunOfTheMill
May 11th 2014


3882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't listened to much of his stuff, but that bass line and those synths, agree mmmmmm-mmmmmm good

sapient
May 12th 2014


2407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mike Inez is a great bass riff writer

RunOfTheMill
May 18th 2014


3882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is exactly the kind of cheesy melodic metal I love. The production adds a lot to what are otherwise lackluster songs and makes them fun listens. Great album.



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