Ozzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chewbacca USER (32 Reviews)
June 28th, 2005 | 97 replies | 28,459 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist


8 of 8 thought this review was well written

There are few artists that have come about that can make parents cringe at just the mention of their name. Ozzy Osbourne, after his departure from the metal gods Black Sabbath, wandered for a year looking for exceptional musicians to work with and make a solo album. Ozzy had met the then unknown Randy Rhoads, a local guitarist that was in the band Quiet Riot, who had released a few albums in Japan, and were rather popular there. Ozzy had chosen him only after tuning up and playing some riffs and scales. From then, metal history was made. Blizzard of Ozz is Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo album, and remains a favorite of the metal community to this day, spawning popular songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley," that even people who don't listen to metal or Ozzy's music could recognize after a few measures.

The sound on Blizzard of Ozz is mainly based around Ozzy's rather nasal voice, and Randy Rhoads' scooped-out guitar tone. The bass sound usually seems rather hollow, and the drums provide solid beats without too much flair, and seem to be rather danceable (i.e. "Crazy Train"'s drum beat during the verses). Randy also provides a lot of classical influence, especially in his solos. Although there have been some guitarists to hint at classical in the past, Randy was fixated on classical playing. The solos and fills add great amounts of melody to the songs. A great example of his classical playing is the solo acoustic perfomance "Dee", and fantastic ballad "Goodbye to Romance".

Throughout the album, though, Ozzy also hints at themes that were ever-present on Black Sabbath albums. "Suicide Solutions" is a warning of how alcoholism can ruin your life, and can even be a method of suicide. There is a part that people have claimed as subliminal, where it sounds as if he's saying "shoot" or "do it," but it was ruled out of court as a combination of sounds that formed to make those sounds. (On the Ozzy Osbourne Behind the Music, though, he claims that it was just him joking around in the studio, obviously stoned). The song itself is vicious in its approach, with a very simple drum beat. It contains no real solo, though. There is also the song "Mr. Crowley," which hints at themes of Aleister Crowley, famed satanist and developer of the tarot cards (Correct me if I'm wrong about that). The song also starts off with a very memorable, yet haunting organ part, and contains several mind blowing solos. It is one of the highlights of the album.

Blizzard of Ozz, though, isn't a perfect album at all. Ozzy's voice is extremely nasal at some points, and on "Crazy Train," it sounds as if there's a roomful of lambs bleating out constantly. The guitar tone, also, can sometimes be annoying. "No Bone Movies" is an absolutely dreadful song, whether it is about pornography or horrible horror movies. The guitar playing is absolutely boring, with cliched pseudo-blues riffs, and a horrible slide solo. Over all of that, Ozzy does his "lamb bleating" thing, and it is extremely annoying. "Steal Away (The Night)" is another bad song, although I can't really put my finger on it. To me, it sounds like a ripoff of Van Halen's "Running With the Devil," and the song just sounds too "poppy" and out of place on the album.

Overall, this is a rather good metal album. It is a milestone of the 80s, and kickstarted the 80s with a bang. It contains some of Ozzy's best songs, and some of Randy's best guitar work. It isn't without it's flaws, though, and that's why I have to give it four stars instead of a higher rating.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Killtacular
June 28th 2005



1314 Comments


Another great review. I had this on my compy, but had since deleted all of it except Crazy Train and Suicide Solution. I never really listened to it.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 28th 2005



2125 Comments


Good review. This is a seriously great album.

Priestmetal
June 28th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is deffenetly a classic. AKA it deserves a 5/5.

masada
June 28th 2005



2733 Comments


Edited.This Message Edited On 06.28.05

Priestmetal
June 28th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0



^^^^^^ Hey, im just saying wut i thinkThis Message Edited On 06.28.05

apocalypse13
June 29th 2005



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ozzy's MoP. Definietely a classic.


masada
June 29th 2005



2733 Comments


I honestly think that Diary of a Madman is better.

SkodaATOM
September 15th 2005



69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Other than "No Bone Movies", I think this album is awesome. "Revelation (Mother Earth)" has some amazing lyrics. "Dee" is beautiful.

Priestmetal
October 30th 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like Ozzy's voice. He might not be the best vocalist or anything but i think his voice is cool. Also now after fully listening to and reviewing Diary of a Madman I think that you, Mr Vague are crazy for thinking that Diary is better. But to each his own I guess.

masada
December 12th 2005



2733 Comments


Randy Rhoads is still amazing.

But the songs aren't.

Thor
December 12th 2005



10185 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Dee" should have been longer. I always loved that guitar part, and then the song ends. That really disturbed me.

masada
December 12th 2005



2733 Comments


I think Tribute has a longer studio version.

SkodaATOM
December 13th 2005



69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tribute doesn't really have a longer version.....they are just outtakes of when Randy was fucking up on a few different guitar parts. I guess they just had to punch him in again and again.

Storm In A Teacup
February 20th 2006



12708 Comments


I've always found a hard time finding much of anything worthwhile in terms of overall albums when it comes to Ozzy.

sabbath-fan-666
February 24th 2006



31 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great Review, this is my fav. Ozzy album

Bfhurricane
February 24th 2006



6197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is simply classic. Randy Rhoads is my guitar god and does a spectacular job on this album. Every song is good

blekzebbed
March 8th 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Do you guys think, randy was a better guitarist than iommi?
he died way to soon

Diabulus in musica
March 8th 2006



485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yeah he is better.....iommi is good but he plays way to simple riffs....but rhoads was incredible

MyRamona
April 1st 2006



1074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brilliant album. Mr.Crowley and crazy train are my personal faves. Yeah Randy Rhoads was a better guitarist. good rewiew.

ajmm268
April 22nd 2006



51 Comments


randy rhoads was better i think but iommi was much more revolutionary



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