So, none other than the Prince Of Darkness himself has returned with a brand new solo album called “Ordinary Man”. Pay close attention to the title… because it does an adequate job of describing a lot of the songs on this album. “Ordinary” is what I’d call most of this album. That’s really unfortunate for me because I’ve always been a big fan of Ozzy’s solo work as well as the legendary Black Sabbath.
The album starts off fairly strong with “Straight To Hell”. It’s a solid rocker that embodies a lot of what we’ve come to expect from Ozzy’s sound. Slash adds some nice guitar work to push it over the top. However, on the rest of the album, as good as Andrew Watt is on guitars, I really miss Zakk Wylde’s signature sound in the mix. “Under The Graveyard” is another single release, which is also one of the best songs on the album. “Scary Little Green Men” is a decent rocker that features some cool guitar work by Tom Morello, but unfortunately doesn’t exceed expectations. The song “Ordinary Man” seems like Ozzy’s version of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”. Having said that, it’s alright, but I’m not going to be putting it on repeat like the heavier stuff.
One of the worst songs on the album for me is “It’s A Raid” which features hip-hop artist Post Malone. I just don’t like anything about it. To me, Ozzy stepped too far out of his element. While the closing track, “Take What You Want” is considerably better for a hip-hop collaboration, it seems like a weak modern-day attempt at his hit song with Lita Ford “Close My Eyes Forever”.
In my humble opinion, Ozzy didn’t need to incorporate hip-hop into his sound. I suppose that’s my biggest complaint about “Ordinary Man”. While there are a few gems sprinkled throughout…It’s just too ordinary and mediocre. It seems like Mr. Osbourne is trying his best to remain relevant in today’s music scene by trying to appeal to a younger audience. While there is nothing wrong with that, I think he needs to careful not to alienate his existing fanbase, some of which might feel abandoned by this sudden sharp turn.
This is easily my “least favorite” of all of Ozzy’s solo albums. I’m going to chalk this uneven and bad outing up to the many medical issues that he has been facing over the last few years. I was disappointed to hear that he recently canceled his “No More Tours 2” dates. However, let’s all hope that Ozzy gets the medical help that he desperately needs and comes back with an album truly fitting of his abilities.
Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
Album: Ordinary Man
Genre: Melodic Metal / Hard Rock
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: February 21, 2020
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron
01. Straight to Hell
02. All My Life
04. Ordinary Man (feat. Elton John)
05. Under the Graveyard
06. Eat Me
07. Today Is The End
08. Scary Little Green Men
09. Holy For Tonight
10. It’s A Raid (feat. Post Malone)
11. Take What You Want (by Post Malone feat. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott)
Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals
Andrew Watt – guitars, production
Duff McKagan – bass guitar
Chad Smith – drums
Slash – guitar (tracks 1, 4)
Charlie Puth – keyboards (track 1) Elton John – piano and co-lead vocals (track 4)
Tom Morello – guitar (track 8)
Post Malone – co-lead vocals (track 10, 11)