I’ll admit, when it comes to Ozzy I’m a little bit of a slappy for the guy. Maybe my favorite artist. I grabbed a copy of the brand new album the day it came out, from the guys at Rock City Music Company in Livonia. I’ve had it on the turntable all weekend. It’s not as good as the new Megadeth, but there’s some highlights for sure. With the amount of legendary guests, there’s some songs that can’t miss.
The following is a review according to the order on my vinyl…..
I’m Immortal – Mike McCready – Ripper…loved it the first time I heard it. Killer phased guitar solo. Great way to open the album. Short, catchy jam to set the tone for the record.
Patient Number 9 – You’ve probably heard this one on WRIF. I was extra fired up for this album after hearing this song. The power chords around the hook got me right away! Great track to welcome people in. Jeff Beck is masterful on this track. The lyrics also fit nicely with the Madman himself.
Parasite – This song doesn’t do much for me. I guess I’ll start with the hook. Not a fan. It sounds crazy, but I think it has to do with the key of the chorus. Just a little odd. This song features Zakk Wylde. Zakk does what he does best during the solo, rip! Maybe my least favorite track on the album.
No Escape From Now – Ozzy in full form. Dark, methodical, evil. Maybe that’s because he’s got help from Black Sabbath legend, Tony Iommi. This is a Sabbath song!
One Of Those Days – This is the song Ozzy said might cause some controversy. “One of those days that I don’t believe in Jesus”, he sings throughout the hook. The guitar great Eric Clapton brings his classic style to this song in a somewhat Cream type of vibe. Quality, classic sounding song.
A Thousand Shades – A little slower song featuring Jeff Beck. For some reason it reminds me of something from Blizzard or Diary. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the Randy Rhoads like style of playing, I don’t know. The closest thing to a ballad on the record so far.
Mr. Darkness – I like this song much better than the other one with Zakk on guitars. A very classic Sabbath feel to the solo. Oh, it has TWO solos, lots of shredding on this one. This song has its ups and downs, sorta the most “epic” track on the album. I’m not crazy about how the song ends. I think there could’ve been a more crescendo ending.
Nothing Feels Right – Another track with Zakk on guitars. Decent song, not spectacular. Maybe because of the keyboard tone throughout the song, it reminds me of a song that could’ve been on Bark At The Moon. Zakk’s solo shines on this song, with even a hint of Randy Rhoads.
Evil Shuffle – It starts out the way a song called Evil Shuffle should, with thick chords reminiscent of early Sabbath. Another track helped along by Zakk Wylde. The song is ok, I’m not crazy about the lyrics. They seem a little cheesy around Ozzy’s image of a Madman. I don’t think they work like the title track.
Degradation Rules – Another track featuring Tony Iommi. I love the harmonica in this one. I’ve always been a fan of The Wizard because of that. This song reminds me of the sister to No Bone Movies off of Blizzard of Ozz. “Asphyxiation….Masturbation, Degradation Rules” Iommi, of course, rips on this one with his signature thick tone.
Dead And Gone – This one seems like another throwback to BATM to me. Not a bad song, not great.
God Only Knows – Another song that’s ok, in my book. Pretty solid solo. I do like the backing vocals layered behind Ozzy.
Darkside Blues – Just a throwaway song to end the album with some production tricks, with a bluesy feel. The shortest song by far.
Overall, a solid record. Full admission, it would take a lot for me to not be a fan of an Ozzy album. I’ll give it a 7.5 out of 10. It’s worth getting on vinyl.