Review: Ordinary Man by Ozzy Osbourne

by Christian Decker

I wasn’t sure how I’d react to this album. After all, it’s been about 20 years since Ozzy’s last solo album and the guy hasn’t been in the best of health. Not to mention trying to understand him speak is incredibly difficult. I have to say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised when I gave the album a listen. It’s a nice blend of metal, classic rock, ballads, and even a little rap and pop. Collaborations from popular artists like Post Malone and Travis Scott make it all the more interesting and timelier. It’s also surprisingly depressing. The main themes of the album involve getting older and fading out of relevance. The title track features Elton John, which actually works pretty well, and discusses Ozzy and Elton’s desire to not be remembered as ordinary men, but as unique individuals who were doing what they wanted to do.

Other songs like, “Holy for Tonight” talk about the loneliness that the rock star life has afforded Ozzy. He laments that he will not be remembered when he dies. To be honest, most of the songs on the album are like that aside from a few more dark and sinister rock songs in the fashion of the Prince of Darkness. I don’t know about everyone, but I don’t think that Ozzy will fade out of relevance in my mind. He, along with Tony Iommi and the rest of Black Sabbath essentially created metal and spawned a whole new genre of music. I’m not so sure I’d be here without them. As Ozzy takes a dark turn in his music, it’s good to know that he can still get our brains turning, even after all of these years.

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