No Rest For The Wicked
The arrival of guitarist Zakk Wylde is unmistakable on this fifth album from the premier metal singer. Wylde immediately put his stamp on Ozzy's band with a flurry of tripped-out pedal effects and masterful precision. The addition seems to energize Ozzy himself -- "Devil's Daughter" is better than anything on The Ultimate Sin. Elsewhere, an unprecedented bluesy feel emerges on "Demon Alcohol" and "Crazy Babies," presumably a result of Wylde's influence. Longtime fans can rest assured though, as "Tattooed Dancer" could easily have been on Diary of a Madman.