Ozzy Osbourne
Scream


4.0
excellent

Review

by dragoth USER (31 Reviews)
November 17th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ozzy returns to us with a great metal album, full of memorable riffs and songs foiled mainly by production.

Ozzy Osbourne, aka The Prince of Darkness a legend of a man whose career has spanned the decades, starting with Black Sabbath, and then a solo career. Here he returns with his tenth outing Scream a rather underated album signifying Ozzys return to heavy metal greatness from the weak outing of his last few albums.

Band line-up:
Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
Gus G - Guitar
Rob Nicholson - Bass
Tommy Clufetos - Drums

So Ozzys tenth outing, what went well. For a start the vocals, Ozzy still sounds as great as he always did, his wails and shouts sounding great. There are some effects even employed, on songs such as Let It Die which works great and adds a great atmospheric addition to the song. Though the effects can give the impression of been quite overproduced at times and can sometimes harken to the vocals of Black Rain heading into a sort of mechanical area, this doesn't stop the delivery of a great performance by Ozzy which makes for great delivery. His style does vary a bit on the album, from the wailing tone that fans of Ozzy have loved since the Sabbath days, to the shouted chorus of Let Me Hear You Scream Ozzy has really gone for it on this album.

Next, the band. To start of with, Gus G is a great addition to the band. The heavy riffing that can be heard on the album harkens back to the early days of Sabbath, but with a modern heavy metal twist, the opening riff of Let Me Hear You Scream and Fearless been great examples of this. The technicality that is employed in the album is wonderful and really shows of talent, Ozzy has always known how to pick good guitarists and Gus is no exception. The only sad thing is that sometimes Ozzy sings to much on the songs and doesn't give enough time over to the band, particularly the guitar. The bass and drums on the album both have moments to, both having moments in the light to demonstrate their respective abilities.

But on the downside, the album is quite frankly overproduced, it loses some magic and that rawness that people want from a metal album, Ozzy has made the album sound exactly how he wanted it to, but has taken some fun from it. And there are some worse of songs, with I Love You All not bearing thinking about, and Diggin' Me Downs religious lyricism making me cringe a little whenever I hear it. And finally there are points on the album where it feels like its been held back, some songs could of been more, with Crucify been an example, it has a sound that could of been more had it been let a bit more loose, that being said, it is still a good song.

So overall, Ozzy returns with a great metal album, not quite up there with the likes of Blizzard of Ozz but still a great album that should be a welcome addition to any fans collection.

Recommended tracks:
Let It Die
Let Me Hear You Scream
Soul Sucka
Crucify
Fearless



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Comments:Add a Comment 
skoopy48
November 17th 2012


1536 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Terrible album sorry

Ikarus14
November 17th 2012


544 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No.

FrozenVain
November 17th 2012


2445 Comments


Lets me hear you SSREAM!

VermicideReloadead
November 17th 2012


1433 Comments


This album is just a mediocre effort, sorry dragoth, a big part of ozzy's work until no more tears is very good, but albums like this and black rain are dull. The single is catchy and enjoyable. I will give him credit for that.

Rastapunk
November 17th 2012


740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loved that album!

Mike08
November 17th 2012


608 Comments


So Ozzys tenth outing, what went well.
- So what went well on Ozzy's 10th outing?

I don't like how you've written the second paragraph. Use fewer sentences, and consolidate your thoughts. Also, stop using repetative words such as great and harkens. Use a thesaurus if you must.

Ozzy still sounds as great as he always did, his wails and shouts sounding great.
- To start, Ozzy's wails sound as great as ever, though sometimes overproduced as in Let it Die. His vocals might sound mechanical harkening back to Black Rain days, but are still stout. (Just one example).

You need to transistion your thoughts from paragraph to paragraph, as it is like hitting a wall with each new parargraph. I see you have broken the sections by bandmembers, but try to smoothly transition your thoughts by expanding previous thoughts while exploring new themes. Its hard to provide examples because it is an art. I recommend reading a featured review.


Keep writting

dragoth
November 17th 2012


237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Mike08 thanks for the feedback, ile try to take it into account next time.

breakingthefragile
November 17th 2012


2961 Comments


Get rid of the band lineup, that's not necessary at all. Other than that you have a pretty good review.

ViperAces
November 17th 2012


12466 Comments


suxsuxsux

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

awful album

Digging: Lo-Pan - Colossus

KjSwantko
November 17th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album was bad. Gus made himself look dumb by even doing this (although I'm sure he's rich now so I can't blame him).

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2012


6202 Comments


Last Ozzy album i really enjoyed was Ozzmosis

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

none
November 17th 2012


1100 Comments


shit



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