Ozzy Osbourne: Ordinary Man Review

The self proclaimed Prince of Darkness returns with his first album in 10 years.

Unlike the albums title, Ozzy Osbourne is no ordinary man. The Black Sabbath frontman has been making songs about death, horror, psychedelic thoughts and demons for over 40 years because he shares a strong passion and love for all things ghoulish. And even now on his 12th album, he has not changed one bit.

Ordinary Man still sounds very heavy and intense, as it features sensational guitar riffs and powerful drums which are then accompanied by dark and powerful vocals from Osbourne himself.

One of the main highlights of the album is it’s opening track, ‘Straight To Hell’, which instantly gets you hooked with its dramatic pace and Osbournes impressive vocal ability. With fierce lyrics like: “I’ll make you lie, I’ll make you steal and kill, I’ll make you crawl until your final thrill”, certainly makes this one of the most memorable songs on the album.

Emotion kicks in on the track ‘Goodbye’ where Osbourne pays tribute to his fallen friends, such as former Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The song goes through at a very slow pace until it gets towards the end where we’re met with crashing drums and dramatic guitar riffs.

Then there is the very unique collaboration between Osbourne and pop/rock icon Elton John on the self-titled track ‘Ordinary Man’. Both the pace and the lyrics of the song are very similar to one of Osbourne’s most well-known singles, ‘Changes’, which he sang with his daughter Kelly Osbourne. Much like a lot of Elton John’s music, ‘Ordinary Man’ is an epic piano-ballad that sinks you in until it you get to its grand finale, but it’s the lyrics from Osbourne that really stand out on this one. “Don’t forget me as the colours fade, when the lights go down, it’s just an empty stage”, truly some of Osbourne’s most honest material in many years.

Then there is perhaps one of the most surprising collaborations we’ve seen in the music industry for some time, ‘It’s a Raid’, where Osbourne teams up with popular American rapper, Post Malone. The track follows through at a fierce speed with both artists feeding off the others impressive vocal abilities. Osbourne sounds amazing here, and Malone also impresses on this heavy track too.

Ozzy Osbourne proves on this album that despite his recent health scares he is very much still alive and well. For someone who helped modernise heavy metal, Ozzy is still able to pull out some very impressive tricks under his sleeve.

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