ALBUM REVIEW: Ozzy Osbourne “Scream”

Label:  Epic
Release Date: 11.06.2010

With the return of Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness, his tenth studio album “Scream” should be a celebration of everything rock edged with Osbourne’s own unique vocals and style. The only problem is that “Scream” never really lives up to the hype – which actually makes me really sad!

The album starts off with “Let It Die” and the first single “Let Me Hear You Scream”, which are both quite similar tracks. Loud, big guitars, Ozzy’s unique vocals, and basically pretty decent rock tunes. In particular the opening track “Let It Die” is easily my favourite track – from the slow build-up to the slightly anthemic chorus which you have to assume a number of crowds will be singing along to in the near future.

Following on from what should be considered a good opening, things become a little difficult, with some monotonous elements creeping in. For some reason the tracks are lost behind the guitars more so than they should be in a rock album, even to the extent that Ozzy sounds over-produced, distant and electronic. And this problem only further develops the closer you get to the end, there just seems to not be an element of experimentation in the album. I wouldn’t want to say that the Osbourne PR machine and the Osbourne name is going to sell a lot of copies of this album – but undoubtedly that is what is going to happen.

Now with the Greek-guitar-legend-in-the-making Gus G on lead guitar, we can only hope that the next Ozzy album (which will undoubtedly/hopefully happen) be something energetic, revolutionary, and an album that pushes at a few boundaries. Some have suggested that producer and writer Kevin Churko not lead the album design, not withstanding Shania Twain’s “Up” (everyone has their moments!), Churko is an excellent producer and we are all hoping that Gus G pushes Ozzy into the future.

Overall, should you get it? Well, in the age of iTunes and other software, you have the luxury of picking individual tracks. Use it!

Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Constantinos Kypridemos

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