Ozzy Osbourne
The Ultimate Sin



by clairvoyant USER (24 Reviews)
January 10th, 2007 | 63 replies

Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ozzy's debut into the glam metal world proves to be suprisingly strong thanks to several key tracks.

The album released at the height of the 1980's "hair-metal" faishon, at a time where many bands began to follow suit in the current trend. Unfortuantely, Ozzy would be one of them. This album would be Jake E. Lee's second with the band, and it would also be his last, leaving shortly after the album's release. The Ultimate Sin had a fair amount of hype to it, seeing as how Ozzy had not released a solo album since 1983's Bark At The Moon, the question is, did it live up to the hype?

Many fans will tell you no, in fact, many fans also believe this is Ozzy's worst album. Even Ozzy himself appears to not like this album! While it may have some weaker, stereotypical hair metal songs, some of the genious that is Ozzy Osbourne continues to shine through on some songs, making this a fairly good and somewhat underrated album.

1. The Ultimate Sin (3:43)
Beginning with a solid drum intro, this was a quite heavy song by Ozzy at that time. It has a fairly solid hook to it, with a good riff and some excellent melodies by Ozzy. With the traditional bass thumping, this is really more like a 80s influenced Ozzy song, rather than a hair metal Ozzy song. Although nothing is standing out to make this a great song, there is nothing bad about either.

2. Secret Loser (4:08)
In my opinion, this is one of the best tracks on the entire album. With a very catchy guitar riff and being one of the faster songs on the album, it seems meant to be a classic. With the striking chords of the verse bringing in a very strong atmosphere to Ozzy's emotional vocals, and leading into the great melody of the chorus, this is a very complete song. Every part of this song stands out in a very positive way, from the very intense and heart-pounding bridge, which leads into a very chilling octave-chord lead by Jake E. Lee, it makes a great set up for a fast paced guitar solo, with a great lick at the end to lead things back into the chorus. The final verse brings the pace back down, only to explode back into the chorus which eventually fades out. A great song, in my opinion one of the most underrated Ozzy songs ever.

3. Never Know Why (4:27)
Now this song could be considered one of the hair metal Ozzy songs, but yet it is extremely catchy, and actually somewhat fresh. Once again with the traditional bass line, providing a great complete to the intro riff. Ozzy's melodies in this song are very catchy and really bring attention to the song, with what appears to be a chorus made for crowd singing at concerts. My favorite part of the song is probably the opening notes of Jake E. Lee's outro solo, fitting the song in a flawless manner. A fun rock n' roll song which really seems to bring about the great mood of the 1980s.

4. Thank God For The Bomb (3:53)
Another upbeat rock n' roll song by Ozzy, and featuring another intro riff with a slight effect added to it for some extra catchyness. This song however, with a definite theme to it, about the cold war and the nuclear bombs. It appears to be a clashing lyrical theme and music style until you reach the chorus, which has a very unpredictable feel, like the feeling during the Cold War of uncertainty. In my opinion, the song does a good job telling how some see war as "just another game", and then brings the song to a more serious mood as the realization of war comes true. Solid effort in my opinion.

5. Never (4:20)
While I do enjoy the intro riff and the verse riff, the rest of the song just doesn't seem to do much for me. At first it appears to be another good rock song, but I feel like the chorus maybe displays too much 80s for me, or it could just be that the song may be weaker in general. Now that doesn't mean it is a bad song, as it still has its good vocals by Ozzy and some interesting drum beats in the verse at times, it has some good moments. But sometimes I feel as if the song may be too generic at times.

6. Lightning Strikes (5:12)
Now this song is clearly a hair metal Ozzy Osbourne song. The intro riff may be slightly reminiscent of Crazy Train, the rest of the song feels far too reminiscent of KISS! I have a hard time finding many good qualities about this song, as it is easily the weakest on the album. The biggest highlight is definitely another solid Jake E. Lee solo, one department which he never fails in.

7. Killer Of Giants (5:41)
Now this is where the album starts to get good again. This very serious and moody song about the cold war, has in my opinion some strong lyrics, such as "If none of us believe in war, then can you tell me what the weapon's for?". With a very strong clean guitar intro, it turns into a nice fingerpicked piece with the verse, which leads into one of the pre-choruses Ozzy has ever written. Very chilling and can really put a realization on some of the topics in the song. The chorus once again proving the song's strength, in lyrics. In my opinion, this song also contains one of Jake E. Lee's best solos ever, too. Fitting the song perfectly, every bit of it flows well with no unnecessary speed runs, and a great arpeggio ending to the solo. This leads into the quickests part of the song with a very upbeat feeling to it, and turning right around into the chorus, bringing this epic-like song to a thrilling close.

8. Fool Like You (5:18)
Yet another strong song, this one much darker than the earlier rock-ish songs on the album. Solid intro and a great cohesive effort by the band altogether. The verse does an excellent job of building up momentum throughout the song, assisting the serious mood of the song with some excellent melodies from the timeless Ozzy. But what is the highlight of the song and the most climatic part is the outro, with a repetition of the verse and another excellent guitar solo from Jake E. Lee, which helps bring the song to a perfect close.

9. Shot In The Dark (4:16)
In my opinion, easily the best song on the album, with the most complete band effort on the entire record. With what could be considered to be Ozzy's greatest vocal performance ever, this was a solid pick to be the single off the album. A very mellow song, from the chilling verse, with some excellent melodies brought forward by Ozzy. The pre-chorus does an excellent job of leading into the anthematic chorus, all helped by a brilliant peformance from Ozzy. This song in my opinion culminates all of the ideas in the album, and draws them all to a close. With an amazing performance by Ozzy, I don't see how one can dislike this track!

Unfortuantely, very songs were played off of this album in future tours, the only one being Shot In The Dark. However, Ozzy even eventually dropped this song from his setlists, leaving a solid album, The Ultimate Sin, unrepresented at his concerts.

But all in all, this is a underrated album, while not the best though. I reccomend that any fan of Bark At The Moon with tolerance for 80s hair metal pick this album up.

The Ultimate Sin (1986) - Ozzy Osbourne's 4th solo album

Ozzy Osbourne (vocals)
Jake E. Lee (guitar)
Phil Soussan (bass)
Randy Castillo (drums)

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January 10th 2007


Very solid review my friend. I love Ozzy but I don't have this album, yet...

Shot in the Dark is such an awesome song!

January 11th 2007


Album Rating: 1.5

"Shot in the Dark" is really the only song on this album that's really any good. There are a few others that are okay, but for the most part this is a pretty lame listen. This is one of the first CD's I've ever had, and in the twelve years or so that I've had it, I've maybe listened to it a grand total of three times.

Not a bad review.

January 11th 2007


Solid review! I havent heard very much from this album, im gona check it out!

Seek and Destroy
January 21st 2007


I actually really like this album too, despite most people not liking it.

Killer Of Giants, Shot in the Dark and The Ultimate Sin are my favourite tracks.

Great review too.

April 10th 2010


Killer Of Giants is a masterpiece.

June 24th 2010


bad album

August 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

It's probably the best ozzy record with jake.e lee perhaps more guitar driven than it's predecessor bark at the moon.

September 15th 2010


This is my least favorite album from ozzy.

Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

A little bit US cheesy for the die hard fans but I always loved this record, specially Jake E Lee performance (underrated). My favourite songs here are The Ultimate Sin, Secret Loser, Lightning Strikes and Killer of Giants.

An absolute classic.

Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off



December 24th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It's a great album, if you're a "80's Lover" (Yes, I'm talkin' 'bout: Poison, Ratt, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, Skid Row etc.) or simply you're 'indulgent' with this Rock-era, You'll have no problem with this album. Lyrics are simply wonderful, altought, Ozzy shows himself as "80's Glam Metal Icon", He was really so far of that (a fool who just matters "Sex, Drugs & Rock N' Roll") You can see that in: "Secret Loser", "Killer Of Giants" and "Thank God For The Bomb".

But, You cannot hide or ignore all the tracks on the album: "Lightning Strikes", "Never Know Why", "Never" and "Fool Like You". There are, they're 'poppy' and 'Hair' and You cannot change that... So, just enjoy'em or skip'em. Anyway, a great job by Ozzy and Jake E. Lee

PD: I remember the first time when I heard "Shot In The Dark" in concert, It's an EPIC MOMENT! See Ozzy Osbourne in concert it's just an experience that no-one (Metalheads) should miss out.

December 24th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

No it's definitely not a 5. It's correctly rated at about 3-3.5 to be honest with ya....but welcome to Sput!

Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"I remember the first time when I heard "Shot In The Dark" in concert, It's an EPIC MOMENT!"

It must be dude. Never had the chance to see Ozzy live.


December 29th 2011


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off


Yeah, :D the first time, We were waiting Ozzy for many years, and at the end, He promised to come back (I hope with Black Sabbath in 2012/2013 Tour)

March 26th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Wait the fuck this has a 3? WHAT THE BALLS MAN

December 29th 2012


i heard this album before. I didn't like it much with exception of two or three songs. Killer of giants it's hardly only one that impressed me. Lighting strikes has really good guitar playing but has a terrible and cheasy lyrics. I'm suprised that 3 is the rating of this album.

October 22nd 2013


Killer of Giants is a cool jam.

October 30th 2013


Album Rating: 2.0

What a boring album this is...

November 3rd 2014


Album Rating: 4.5


I'm surprised you don't like this.

This is truly a great record - the video for Shot In The Dark kicks ass as well.

December 21st 2014


Album Rating: 5.0

Some of the reviews are pretty rough on this one. I'm a big fan of Jake E lee, to me this is one of the best Ozzy albums. Yes it is a glossed over hair metal piece. I think the way the album was produced and mixed has a lot to do with some people's dislike.

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