Ordinary Man - Ozzy Osbourne

Give the dog the man peace

The just-cancelled No More Tours 2, which should have brought Ozzy a (maybe) last tour in north America, reinforces the impression that the long end for Ozzy. The Ordinary Man does nothing to change the fact. On the contrary it is mind-boggling, as experienced forces can come together to make such a touch. Give the dog the man – and us – peace. Sadly, if this is to be Ozzys swan song.

Marionetdukken John Michael Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne – The Prince of Darkness himself, no introduction necessary and all that – has just posted a new solo album, Ordinary Man, on the street, the first since the Scream from 2010. Do you belong to those who are thinking about staklen not soon can get peace and enjoy a well-deserved retirement, as you well forget about it, Sharon is not finished with him yet. It's hard to believe anything other than that Ozzy more than ever, is Mrs. Osbourne's puppet, and that she is behind, that he once again, pulled around in manegen. On the other hand, one can argue that what should he even get the time to go with as a retiree? In any case it is hard to imagine Ozzy Osbourne play golf, write books, or stand and share the soup out in a hostel in Birmingham. So the alternative is, of course, to record albums and go on tour, and the next step in the cycle is thus the Ordinary Man.

No ordinary man

The Ordinary Man is of course a strange title, for there is something Ozzy is not, then it is, of course, common. Behind him on the new album, he has also an extraordinary all-star band with, among others, Duff McKagan, Chad Smith and, not least, guest appearances from Slash, Tom Morello, the painter Sir Elton John and rapper Post Malone. The album opens with "Straight to Hell", which was released as a single last year. It is a glorious rocker with Ozzys distinctive and classic "All right now"-cry in the beginning and a delicious, up-tempo Tony Iommi-riff. But, but, but... the Choral singing and so many autotune effects on the vocals can't hide the fact that it seriously sounds as if gebisset is loose on the Black Sabbath legend. Once you have got the idea, it is unfortunately impossible to shake off again when you listen to the album.

The quiet intro on the next song, "All My Life", confirms, unfortunately, only dentures-theory. What the hell is going on? Have the people in the studio forgot to click "anti-dentures-checkmark" in their autotune settings? "All My Life", otherwise, even a classic, heavy riff, a nice melody and an approved, if somewhat cliché-influenced solo. The solo is Andrew Watt, and he plays not just the guitar on most of the album, but is also both the producer and the primary songwriter. Watt is thus, in addition to Ozzy himself, of course, primarily responsible for the outcome of this album, which, despite an approved start on the first few numbers quickly shows itself to be quite problematic.

"Ordinary Man" is a duet with Elton John, and seems like a deliberate attempt to create awareness with a little extra star quality. It was more fun when Elton was playing klaverbokser on the Saxons "Party til You Puke", but of course it is a different story. "Ordinary Man" is a 100% klichefyldt trouble, that seems like something that is cooked up quickly in a hit-lab, and you can sense again Sharon sit ready at the cash register. The whole is rounded off with a bad copy of a Slash solo. Or at least, it was what I thought, until I found out that it actually IS Slash, who plays the shit! "Ordinary Man" gonna get in cigarette lighters and smartphone flash en masse in arenas in the UNITED states – if Ozzy otherwise, will ever be fresh enough to tour again – but it is so generic and artificial, that you get opkastfornemmelser.

One of the other singles, "Under The Graveyard", shows that, despite everything, are the professionals who are behind this album. But even though the chorus is both heavy and immersive, it sounds so artificial and digital, that will never be torn with for real. And it is unfortunately the case for the entire album. The production is as far from an analog studio, as you can possibly get, with one more artificial effect after the other laid across both Ozzys vocals and all instruments – especially guitar. Ordinary Man appears thus as a straining attempt to be modern, and it may even not an excellent rhythm section with Chad Smith and Duff McKagan change. Andrew Watt can be described as a "cross-over"musician and producer who has roots in rock music, but which also stands behind a large number of rap and hip-hop releases, among other Cardi B's grammyvindende album from 2019, the Invasion of Privacy. Cross-over there is in principle nothing wrong with, and there are also plenty of examples that it can succeed. On this album works all the artificial effects just forced and, frankly, pisseirriterende. The worst of it is probably on the "Scary Little Green Men," where not even one of my heroes, Tom Morello, can do anything to get it to appear appropriate or interesting. "It's a Raid" with the rapper Post Malone jumps we just completely over, like Ozzy, Malone, and Watt would have done as they worked on the Post Malones pophit "Take What You Want" from last year.

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