Album Review: Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man

Posted in Reviews on March 9th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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And like a lot of digital reboots, there’s much about Ordinary Man that is inarguable. While Ozzy himself, as a persona, is well past being the coked-up madman of his earliest post-Black Sabbath days — lest we forget that his classic solo debut, Blizzard of Ozz, turns 40 later this year — and he’s mostly shed the “prince of darkness” image (this cover art notwithstanding), he remains inarguably and grandly charismatic. There are moments throughout Ordinary Man where he feels almost superfluous. Songs like “Under the Graveyard” or “Today is the End” carry an unmistakable mark of his work and style, and yet one almost has to search to hear Ozzy himself — his actual voice — within the shroud of the massive amount of production surrounding. Yet these tracks are, again, unfuckwithably tight and they and others surrounding them are likewise-proportionate in their catchiness. Meticulously, impeccably constructed, from the opening “Straight to Hell” onward, they very purposefully cast forth an Ozzy record for “today’s world.”

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If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the 1990s marketing obsession with things being “x-treme.” From fast cars to kids’ yogurt, everything had to fuel an “x-treme” lifestyle, even as the entirety of Generation X was accused by their Baby Boomer elders of being slackers — great times, and familiar in many ways. As we enter a new decade and the 2020s remain as yet undefined, Ordinary Man nonetheless carries with it the hallmarks of 2010s popular culture, even down to the simple fact of its existence. It is a thing that has been essentially made before being remade in a polished, lens-flare-laced and palatable way for a different generational audience. Its tracks are frontloaded in terms of putting the best material first thinking that the listenership won’t last the entire 49-minute stretch — which many won’t — and it is built around several key singles and “focus tracks” that serve a basic and relatable theme.

Perhaps most in the spirit of the modern reboot, Ordinary Man tells a story, and “storytelling,” from a marketing standpoint, is essential. In songs like “Straight to Hell,” “All My Life,” “Goodbye,” “Ordinary Man” — the new video for which seems to be Ozzy actually watching a movie of his life; indeed much of the album seems to be selling a screenplay for a heavy metal biopic that, almost sadly, will probably be pretty good despite igniting a fire of internet complaints when Geezer Butler is never mentioned — as well as “Under the Graveyard,” “Today is the End” and even “Holy for Tonight,” there is an ongoing frame of examining mortality across the proceedings. Osbourne, whose diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease was recently unveiled on Good Morning America, has canceled tours owing to health problems and injuries, and has amassed a hard-lived 71 years, and is well within his rights to say something like, “Don’t know why I’m still alive” on the title cut. Some cucumbers are just better pickled, I guess.

But all of these elements — the songwriting, the soaring guitar solos from Watt, who comes across as no less a shredder than any of the esteemed shoes he might be filling in that role, the digitized, pitch-corrected ‘layers of Ozz,’ the dopey but fun “Scary Little Green Men” and the who-actually-let-him-use-the-word-“defecate”-in-these-lyrics of the opening track — all combine to make a record that is undeniably Ozzy Osbourne circa 2020. Will Ordinary Man be the work for which Ozzy is remembered after he’s gone? Not a chance; his legacy was set decades ago. But it is probably the most relevant work he’s done since 1995’s Ozzmosis, even though the last 25 years accounts for three studio albums — 2001’s Down to Earth, 2007’s Black Rain and 2010’s Scream — and the 2005 Under Cover covers collection, and if it is to be his final outing, then the energy brought to it by Watt and McKagan and Smith, as well as a number of keyboardists and the other players involved, has not been misused, and doing some of your best work in a quarter-century isn’t a bad way to go out.

Will “the kids” dig it? More likely they’ll just wonder who that old guy is on stage next to Post Malone shouting at them to “go fucking crazy” (yes, even that catchphrase makes it onto the record), but whatever. A few resonant hooks, a lot of familiar pieces put together in familiar ways, and Ozzy himself at the center of it. It’s got enough of everything to make for a successful franchise reboot. The only question that remains, then, is what’s to be done about a sequel.

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Ozzy Osbourne Sets Feb. 21 Release for Ordinary Man; Preorders up Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 15th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

I’ll admit I’m somewhat back and forth on the prospect of the new Ozzy record. Of course, it’s the first one in a decade, so that in itself is an event considering he is who is he is. There have been a few songs put out, and I haven’t listened to the title-track of Ordinary Man yet — I’ll get there — but both “Straight to Hell” and “Under the Graveyard” are maddeningly catchy. If it’s the best Ozzy Osbourne since Ozzmosis — which seems like a realistic best-case-scenario, as his earliest solo work is just never going to be topped and I think we all know it — well, that was 25 years ago, so that’s not nothing, right?

At the same time, the use of “defecate” in “Straight to Hell” is laughable and the video for “Under the Graveyard” looks like a treatment for one of the new generation of bio pics à la James Brown, Freddie Mercury and Elton John — can David Bowie be far behind? — so it’s not like either one comes without its hitch. Still, L.A.-type guitar prodigy/producer Andrew Watt seems to have done a good job reinvigorating Ozzy‘s signature style, which was nothing if not ripe for a reboot. I’d go see the tour if I was cool enough to get a photo pass, which I don’t think I am. So it goes.

Anywho, Ordinary Man is out Feb. 21 on Epic and preoders are up. Here’s some info and the songs that are currently available from it:

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OZZY OSBOURNE’S ‘ORDINARY MAN’ SET FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 RELEASE ON EPIC RECORDS

ALBUM WAS RECORDED IN LOS ANGELES WITH ANDREW WATT, DUFF MCKAGAN AND CHAD SMITH

SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE ELTON JOHN, POST MALONE, SLASH AND TOM MORELLO

ORDINARY MAN AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has set Friday, February 21 as the release date for his new ORDINARY MAN album. Marking his first new solo music in almost 10 years, the album has been preceded by the release of two singles, the title #1 rock track “Under The Graveyard,” which was followed by “Straight To Hell” featuring Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. The album’s track will be available instantly with any pre-order of the album. Pre-order the album here: https://ozzy.lnk.to/OrdinaryMan

ORDINARY MAN will be available as a standard CD, deluxe CD, black vinyl, deluxe gatefold swirl color vinyl, picture disc and digital album. In addition, all physical copies of the album will include a unique code that will allow the purchaser to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of over 300 OZZY prizes (including an official OZZY laminate to get into any show on the 2020 “NO MORE TOURS 2,” meet and greets with OZZY, a gift certificate to the OZZY global store and much more!) All details on the sweepstakes can be found at www.ozzy.com.

“It was a lot of fun to do though it’s a lot different from my other albums,” OZZY says of the album. “We recorded it quickly, which I haven’t done since the first Black Sabbath album. This made it a different process, which I actually enjoyed.”

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 a who’s-who of OZZY friends and collaborators including Elton John, Post Malone, and Tom Morello.

“It all just came together,” OZZY explains of the guest stars. “Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton. When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man,’ it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and play piano on the song.”

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Judas Priest Unveil Firepower Preorders; Post “Lightning Strike” Video

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 8th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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I’ve said on multiple occasions that I consider classic metal within the purview of capital ‘h’ Heavy, and if you’ve got a problem with me covering Judas Priest, I don’t really know what to tell you. The metal legends are set to release full-length number 18 — 18! — on March 9. It’s up for preorder now, called Firepower, they’re touring like mad to support it in North America and Europe and no doubt beyond, and they’ve got a new video for the track “Lightning Strike” that, if you can deal with flashing lights and that sort of thing, showcases a truly badass song.

Make no mistake, it’s Priest sounding like Priest, but again, if that’s an issue, the issue isn’t with the band.

I’m stoked on this one. Hope you are too. Here’s the latest from the PR wire:

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JUDAS PRIEST FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS WITH BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM – ‘FIREPOWER’

Judas Priest could easily rest on their laurels at this stage of their highly successful and influential career. However, the legendary metal band – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis – refuse to do so as evidenced by the arrival of their eighteenth studio album overall – ‘Firepower,’ which can be pre-ordered via the link http://smarturl.it/Firepower.

Set for release on Friday, March 9th, 2018 via Epic Records – the album is comprised of fourteen tracks of pure and highly inspired metal. And to mark the occasion Priest has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as ‘Unleashed in the East,’ ‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ and ‘Defenders of the Faith’) and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.

“Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” explains Halford. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” “Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense,” adds Hill. And according to Travis Priest returned back to a recording method that worked incredibly well on the band’s earlier classics – “We went back to the organic way of recording where it’s all of us in a room and we got to play together.”

The album’s first single, ‘Lightning Strike’ will be available worldwide on Friday, January 5, 2018, and on the same day the song’s music video will be premiered. Full album pre-order and a PledgeMusic pre-order (https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/judas-priest) will also begin the same day which includes exclusive limited autographed colored vinyl, autographed vinyl test pressings, an exclusive Judas Priest t-shirt and an extremely limited number of Judas Priest autographed guitars.

With the impending arrival of ‘Firepower’ and its ensuing tour (which kicks off on March 13th), THE PRIEST IS BACK!

‘FIREPOWER’ TRACKLISTING:
1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never The Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising From Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red

Firepower 2018 North American Tour Dates
March 13 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
March 15 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
March 17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
March 18 Washington, D.C. The Anthem
March 20 Newark, NNJ Prudential Center
March 22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 23 Worcester, MA The Palladium
March 25 Ottawa, ON The Arena at TD Place
March 27 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
March 28 Oshawa, ON Tribute Communities Centre
March 30 Orillia, ON Casino Rama
March 31 Detroit, MI Detroit Masonic Temple
April 03 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
April 05 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
April 08 Bloomington, IL Grossinger Motors Arena
April 10 Casper, WY Casper Events Center
April 11 Loveland, CO Budweiser Events Center
April 15 Kent, WA ShoWare Center
April 17 Portland, OR. Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 19 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
April 22 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
April 24 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
April 26 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
April 28 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory
April 29 Sugarland, TX Smart Financial Centre
May 01 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum

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