After ten years of touring, reuniting with the band that brought him fame, disbanding said band again, surgeries, and battling Parkinson’s disease Ozzy Osbourne has released a follow up to 2010’s Scream.
The ironically titled, Ordinary Man is filled with the same fatalism that defined David Bowie’s swan song Blackstar but with a healthy dose of Osbourne’s trademark tongue-in-cheek attitude.
With the likes of Guns n’ Roses’ Duff Mckagan on bass and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Chad Smith on drums as well as an assortment of collaborators including Slash, Tom Morello, Elton John and, weirdly enough, Post Malone – who played a huge role in getting the whole thing going – offering their services, Osbourne has created an album that shows the The Great Ozz still has gas in the tank.
At first glance you’d think this album is all doom and gloom with the riff-laden “Straight to Hell,” the glam-rock tinged “All My Life,” and the seething “Goodbye” getting things started and you’d be right, to a point.
While a good portion of the songs reflect on a colourful life and come to terms with mortality there’s a lot more going on. “Eat Me” combines Osbourne’s hatred of vegan meat alternatives and the case of a German cannibal who managed to find a willing victim online – into a sardonic tirade and “Scary Little Green Men” is an almost-serious warning about a subversive alien invasion.
“It’s a Raid” is a frenetic recount of a night involving the police, copious amounts of cocaine, and an accidentally pressed emergency button before “Take What You Want,” the first instance of The Prince of Darkness and Post Malone working together, brings the curtain down.
If there’s anything to be learnt from Ordinary Man it’s that Ozzy Osbourne is as fascinated with death as ever and that he can still turn that fascination into a solid album.