Ozzy Osbourne returns with Ordinary Man his first studio album of original material in a decade. The record was released on February 21,2020, through Epic Records and was produced by Andrew Watt
The album features a star-studded cast of collaborators, including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagen and Post Malone producer Andrew Watts handling the backing band throughout the record. On top of that, Ordinary Man boasts cameos by Slash, Tom Morello, Elton John, Post Malone and Travis Scott.
In my opinion Ozzy's twelfth studio record is his best since 1991's No More Tears. It has everything fans would expect; eerie atmospheric vibes, heavy riffs, plenty of hooks, great melodies, a ballad or two and Ozzy’s unmistakable vocals.
The one thing that really sets this record apart from Ozzy's past releases is the energy level. It really sounds like everyone involved had a fun time making this album. That vigor just leaps at you making Ordinary Man a very entertaining listen.
Highlights on the record include ; the hard rocking Straight to Hell; the reflective ;Under the Graveyard, the somber ;Holy For Tonight; the piano-led power ballad title track; and the Sabbath-esque Goodbye.
Despite all that Ordinary Man has to offer, the album does stumble with the inclusion of a couple of weaker tracks; Eat Me and Take What You Want. In my opinion they are "filler" tracks and offer very little to the overall listening experience.
Still, Ozzy Osbourne's latest is a very enjoyable listen despite a few weaker spots. At 71, Ozzy is still ''Flying high Again'' on the ''Crazy Train'' with his best solo record in two decades.