Ordinary Man is the 12th solo album from Ozzy Osbourne and his first since 2010. Ozzy’s has had a rough few years. He’s had to cancel tours due to his recently publicized Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis and the tour behind this album was just recently cancelled. Ozzy recently said goodbye to Black Sabbath when they finished their final album 13 in 2013 and the final tour in 2017. Ozzy recently mentioned that Ordinary Man is the only album he’s ever recorded 100% sober.
Ordinary Man will likely be Oz’s last studio album. Although he’s already talking about a follow up. Two of the early release singles, Under the Graveyard and the title track are already hits on the rock charts. Ozzy brought some big name artists to the studio with him. Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers play on the full album and get writing credits on the majority of the songs. Slash plays on two songs and Tom Morello and Elton John are each featured on one song each. Rapper Post Malone appears on the final two tracks. I don’t really consider the final song to really be a part of the album because its a Post Malone song that already came out. If Post Malone’s involvement in this album scares you it shouldn’t. His appearance on Its a Raid is really pretty solid. I just don’t think we needed his song at the end just because it features Ozzy. Its a Raid was recently released as the 4th single. I’m surprised that after Ozzy’s reconciliation with Zakk Wylde that he is nowhere to be found on this album.
Ordinary Man is a classic sounding Ozzy album. It gives his fans exactly what they are looking for with one of his albums. I haven’t listened to a full Ozzy album since like No More Tears but many critics have praised it as his best work as a solo artist in a couple of decades.
This album is a pretty good indicator of where Ozzy is at this point in his life. The lyrics are quite reflective. I will admit that Ozzy’s lyrics are never really that revolutionary, but you can tell this an album coming from the artists “twilight years”, but it doesn’t dwell on it too much. Its still a really energetic effort and Osbourne’s voice sounds as good as it ever did.
The horror themed/Black Sabbath style lyrics are still plentiful on more than a few songs. Mostly with a sick sense of humor thrown in. Scary Little Green Men and Eat Me are probably the two best examples of this. I loved the short harmonica intro to Eat Me as well. It reminded me a lot of Black Sabbath’s The Wizard from back on the debut album.
If this ends up being it for Ozzy I think this is a great record to go out on. Its nostalgic without going too far, and its more genuine than most of the Ozzy songs I’ve heard in the last 10-20 years. I’d give this one a 7.5 out of 10 and would probably up it to an even 8 if I keep coming back to it.
Have you listened to any of the new Ozzy album?