Ozzy: out of the ordinary
At 71 years old, the ex-leader of Black Sabbath delivers a powerful tour de force featuring Elton John, Post Malone, Slash, Duff McKagan, Charlie Puth and Chad Smith...
After Scream in 2010, Ozzy Osbourne is back with an album that has all the qualities of swan song. Etched with plenty of melancholy, this latest exploit Ordinary Man is surprising by the unexpected quality of its composition.
With Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses on the bass, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers on drums and Andrew Watt from California Breed on the guitar alongside him, Ozzy is on top form. Songs like All My Life, Goodbye and Ordinary Man seem to come from someone who is signing off permanently. Andrew Watt, also a producer on the album, brings an organic and grandiose dimension to the music, emphasising certain crazy moments from musicians that appear to be more inspired than ever before (Chad Smith’s mastery on Eat Me comes to mind).
Post Malone lends his talents to the surprising final track It’s A Raid, which sees Ozzy devilishly turn up the volume to deliver a final message which is almost in poor taste but is so characteristic of his sense of humour. Other guests on this new record include Slash, Charlie Puth and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine.
This always impressive album makes you want to laugh but also cry at times, a true journey led by the Black Sabbath singer. If Ordinary Man really is the last time, we have to recognise one thing: Ozzy Osbourne always gets it right!