Ordinary Man, Ozzy Osbourne’s first solo album in nearly a decade, has officially landed.
Despite the album’s title, the ten-track LP is evidence that the Prince of Darkness is anything but. It arrives a month after Ozzy revealed he was diagnosed with what he described as a “mild form” of Parkinson’s disease. “Yes, I’ve been a bad guy / Been higher than the blue sky / And the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man,” Ozzy sings on the emotional title track, which features Elton John on the piano and backing vocals.
But the follow-up to 2010’s Scream isn’t all depressing. Elsewhere on Ordinary Man, the 71-year-old rock star keeps things truly Ozzy: carefree and downright batty. The chaotic “Straight to Hell” kicks open the album while “It’s a Raid,” Ozzy’s latest collaboration with Post Malone, closes out the record on a riotous note.
In an interview with The Sun last September, Ozzy gave credit to Posty for inspiring him to get back to making music, after they had worked on the rapper’s 2019 record, Hollywood’s Bleeding. “I’d never even heard of this kid. He wanted me to sing on his song ‘Take What You Want,’ so I did and then one thing led to another,” he said. “I was just lying in my own self-pity for months. [Ordinary Man] is the greatest album I’ve done.”
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