OZZY OSBOURNE — Blizzard Of Ozz (review)

OZZY OSBOURNE — Blizzard Of Ozz album cover Album · 1980 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
"Blizzard of Ozz" is the debut full-length studio album by UK heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne. The album was released in September 1980 by Jet Records. Not being content to rest on his laurals, Ozzy Osbourne soon decided to start a solo career after he left/ was kicked out of Black Sabbath. He brought in a couple of experienced gentlemen in Bob Daisley on bass, Lee Kerslake on drums and Don Airey on keyboards but maybe his greatest find was the young and talented guitarist Randy Rhoads who along with Bob Daisley and Ozzy Osbourne co-wrote all the music on the album.

The music on the album is traditional heavy metal. Most tracks on the album are pretty straight forward rockers/ metal tracks but actually out of 9 tracks you´ll find two ballad type tracks ( "Goodbye to Romance" ( note how Beatles influenced those melody lines are) and "Revelation (Mother Earth)") and a short acoustic guitar instrumental ( "Dee"). Highligts here for me are "Crazy Train", "Suicide Solution", "I Don't Know" and the dark "Mr. Crowley". The rest is standard to good but seldom reaches excellence. As a whole the album comes off a bit inconsistent and unfocused.

With such experienced musicians on board the musicianship on the album is of course impeccable but it´s the "new" man Randy Rhoads that steals the show with his inventive playing and neo-classical ideas. The songs are always in focus here though, so don´t expect a guitar hero album.

"Blizzard of Ozz" is actually not as good as I remembered it to be ( it´s been years since my last listen) but it´s still a good album by Ozzy Osbourne deserving a 3 - 3.5 star rating.
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