With the financial resources, notoriety, and clout that Ozzy Osbourne has, I was hoping he’d make amends with Jake E Lee and record a few songs with him, involve Brad Gillis, Gus G, and Zakk Wylde too.
Recorded in Los Angeles, the album features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) on bass, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. Beyond the core band, ORDINARY MAN features collaborators, including Elton John, Slash, Post Malone, and Tom Morello. Wait, fucking Post Malone?
Listening to Ordinary Man is just mostly like its title, subpar ordinary songs from someone who has brought us some of the most memorable music of the heavy metal genre. We’re lucky to have an album out with Ozzy recently reveling he has Parkinsons’s Disease and “postponed” his world tour. As we saw with Pat Torpey from Mr. Big, there’s no getting better from Parkinson’s, just worse.
For the casual fan, Ordinary Man will do good in sales because Ozzy’s name is on it. For the Ozzy purists like me who were expecting Randy Rhoads type riffs, Bark At The Moon, etc. with a possible rekindle with Jake E. Lee, I’ll take a pass on this subpar ordinary album. I am glad Ozzy is still making music, but this album, which could be his last, is disappointing with a bright spot here and there. It almost feels like they just grabbed whoever they could to record this quickly. With the Post Malone shit makes it worse.
OZZY returns to the world-famous Amoeba Records (where he last hosted an in-store in June 2010) in Hollywood, CA, at 5:00pm. To attend, purchase ORDINARY MAN (available on CD, LP, or picture disc) in-store at Amoeba Hollywood on February 21.