Ozzy Osbourne
Scream


2.5
average

Review

by Michael Philp USER (42 Reviews)
August 19th, 2010 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stop living in your dreams Ozzy.

Generally when a band’s name is the lead singer’s name, it’s assumed that the singer is the biggest asset they have. That seems logical, put your best foot forward and hope the rest keep up. So why is Ozzy Osbourne–the singer, not the band– who just happens to be the worst aspect of Scream, this album’s centre-piece? I am confident that the guitarist could produce his own solo career and do a decent job of it, and I’m also confident he’d be a better singer then no-need-to-improve Osbourne. Let’s be honest here, Ozzy is doing what he’s always done and he’s getting away with it because of his reputation. It doesn’t matter that his latest work is about as relevant to today’s metal scene as Britney Spears, his past efforts have cemented his place in the hall of fame, which is all you really need to sell records these days.

But that’s the funny thing, he’s never been good. His biggest hits (Crazy Train, for example) were only good because of the guitarist, Randy Rhodes, and he’s dead now. So what we’re left with is a B grade rock album from an aging singer, still clinging to the belief that he’s worth something. For proof of this just listen to the closing track, “I Love You All”, it’s one minute of fake ambience, basically picked guitar and then Ozzy telling us “For all these years you stood beside me, God bless, I love you all.” Make no mistake, this is not a sincere “aww, thanks guys, you’re wonderful.” It sounds more like a last attempt to reconcile his demons, which fails when juxtaposed with the opening lines from “Let It Die”: “I’m a rockstar, I’m a dealer.”

Scream might have been accepted as a typical, mainstream metal release, but it’s middle section makes that laughable. When “Digging Me Down” starts out you could be forgiven for thinking Opeth were given a guest spot and then put zero effort into it. Until the chorus comes in that is, because after that it’s more like a mid-tempo Devildriver. That’s right, the song emulates two bands and doesn’t use the best parts of either of them. Through all this, the man himself continually whines, occasionally slipping into something harsher, but never for long enough. That’s what’s most frustrating about this album, it could have been so much more if real effort had actually been put into it. If Ozzy had really let loose in “Digging Me Down”, it would have saved the song, and if he didn’t sound so pathetic on the last track… Actually, if the last track didn’t exist at all, the album would be better. The centrepiece here, Osbourne, is so annoying that when he says he loves us, I truly can’t believe it. If he did then why is he churning out these bottom-of-the-bargain-bin releases?

That being said, there are redeeming features. When taken as a typical, mainstream metal release, the album succeeds. “Let It Die” is actually pretty catchy, as is “Soul Sucker”. Those are the kind of songs that I’ll return to when I want a bit of fun in my listening schedule. The new guitarist (Ozzy dropped Zack Wyld because he “fancied a change”), Gus G, isn’t that bad. His solos, as well as his riffs, are quite enjoyable from time to time. He’s still got a long way to go before he reaches legendary status, but considering he’s only 30, potential is imminent.

It’s time for Ozzy Osbourne to admit that he’s no longer relevant, that he’s pissing on his legacy (which shouldn’t have been his in the first place, but that’s another issue), and that he’s lost the respect of most of the metal world. Well, except for Slash, but he’s just as bad.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Eclectic
August 20th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wanted to insult the fan base, but one of my friends (the one who requested this review) is a fan, so it seemed bad to insult him.

Ire
August 20th 2010


41795 Comments


agreed with this for the most part

AtavanHalen
August 20th 2010


17927 Comments


It doesn’t matter that he’s about as relevant to today’s metal scene as Britney Spears


Without Sabbath you wouldn't have most metal today.

Eclectic
August 20th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album, however, is not relevant, and that was my point.

Awesomesauce
August 20th 2010


1084 Comments


Great review. And you're right, Ozzy himself was never any good.

AtavanHalen
August 20th 2010


17927 Comments


You said he, not the album

Eclectic
August 20th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Poor wording, I respect that, I'll fix it up.
Done

Lakes.
August 20th 2010


28364 Comments


This review is hilarious and well-done. pos.

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

shindip
August 20th 2010


3536 Comments


prefer this over black rain, even though theyre both extraordinarily average

bailar11
August 20th 2010


2433 Comments


5 it bro

Lakes.
August 20th 2010


28364 Comments


hbu 5 it enrique

bailar11
August 20th 2010


2433 Comments


has to be below 2.0 usually for an enrique obligatory 5

Lakes.
August 20th 2010


28364 Comments


i think taylor is sorely missing you : (

bailar11
August 20th 2010


2433 Comments


worry not. enrique is here to stay. he could never abandon teh sputnik

Lakes.
August 20th 2010


28364 Comments


go to the btbam thread then

Nagrarok
August 20th 2010


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

But that’s the funny thing, he’s never been good.


Sabbath would never have been so good if it weren't for him, even if he didn't do anything about the songwriting.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2010


8371 Comments


Good review Michael. One thing, his previous guitarist's name is Zakk Wylde, not whatever version you put up there ;)

Eclectic
August 22nd 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sabbath would never have been so good if it weren't for him

Really? I've always considered him the worst part of Sabbath, am I missing something?

Good review Michael. One thing, his previous guitarist's name is Zakk Wylde, not whatever version you put up there ;)

Thanks for the pick up and the pos (and to Lakes too for that matter).

Eww/

So you're the one that neg'd it then?

Locrian
August 22nd 2010


1003 Comments


Nice review, I never liked Ozzy much.

Nagrarok
August 22nd 2010


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Really? I've always considered him the worst part of Sabbath, am I missing something?


Their classic sound was partially defined by Osbourne, and although he's a pretty bad singer, his voice was the perfect fit for their eerie music. Take War Pigs, Ozzy's'vocals are pure gold on that song.



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