OZZY OSBOURNE — Ordinary Man

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Album · 2020

Filed under Heavy Metal
By OZZY OSBOURNE

Tracklist

1. Straight to Hell (3:45)
2. All My Life (4:18)
3. Goodbye (5:34)
4. Ordinary Man (5:01) feat. Elton John (piano,vocals)
5. Under the Graveyard) (4:57
6. Eat Me (4:19)
7. Today Is the End (4:06)
8. Scary Little Green Men (4:20)
9. Holy for Tonight (4:52)
10. It's a Raid (4:20) feat. Post Malone
11. Post Malone - Take What You Want (3:49) feat. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott (vocals)

Total Time 49:21

Line-up/Musicians

Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals, harmonica (tracks 6, 12), composition

Additional musicians

Andrew Watt – vocals, guitars, keyboards (tracks 2, 4-10), piano (track 4), bass (track 7), programming, production, composition, instrumentation, string arrangements, choir arrangement, back cover photography
Louis Bell – keyboards (track 10), production, engineering, programming, composition, instrumentation, vocal production
Duff McKagan – bass (tracks 1-6, 8-10), composition
Chad Smith – drums, percussion (tracks 1-10), composition
Slash – guitar (tracks 1, 4)
Tom Morello – guitar (tracks 8, 10)
Charlie Puth – keyboards (track 1)[21]
Elton John – piano and co-lead vocals (track 4)
Post Malone – co-lead vocals (tracks 10, 11), composition
Travis Scott – vocals (track 11), composition
Kelly Osbourne – background vocals
Michael Dore – bass
Nicholas Garrett – bass
Peter Snipp – bass
Richard Pryce – double bass
Stacey Watton – double bass
Charlie Schein – guitar
Happy Perez – keyboards (tracks 5, 8), additional production, instrumentation, programming
Ali Tamposi – vocals, composition
Billy Walsh – composition
Holly Laessig – background vocals
Jess Wolfe – background vocals



John Bowen – tenor vocals
Christopher Hann – tenor vocals
Gareth Treseder – tenor vocals
Hannah Cooke – alto
Jo Marshall – alto
Amy Lyddon – alto
Clara Sanabras – alto
Sara Davey – soprano
Grace Davidson – soprano
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange – soprano
Lizzie Ball – violin
Perry Montague-Mason – violin, strings
Mark Berrow – violin
John Bradbury – violin
Jackie Hartley – violin
Patrick Kiernan – violin
Boguslav Kostecki – violin
Gaby Lester – violin
Dorina Markoff – violin
Steve Morris – violin
Everton Nelson – violin
Tom Pigott-Smith – violin
Christopher Tombling – violin
Deborah Widdup – violin
Susan Dench – viola, vocals
Julia Knight – viola, vocals
Peter Lale – viola, vocals
Andy Parker – viola, vocals
Ian Burdge – viola, cello
Nick Cooper – viola, cello
Vicky Matthews – viola, cello
Chris Worsey – viola, cello



Additional personnel

Andrew Dudman – engineering
Dominik Gryzbon – engineering
Paul Lamalfa – engineering
Matt Still – engineering
Matt Jones – engineering asistance
George Oulton – engineering asistance
Kevin Peterson – mastering engineering asistance
Mike Bozzi – mastering
Dave Kutch – mastering
Manny Marroquin – mixing
Alan Moulder – mixing
Caesar Edmunds – mixing assistance, instrumentation, programming, synth programming (track 1), synth bass (tracks 2, 3, 6, 9, 10)
Scott Desmarais – mixing assistance
Robin Florent – mixing assistance
Chris Galland – mixing assistance
Tom Herbert – mixing assistance
Jeremie Inhaber – mixing assistance
Kaan Gunesberk – programming (track 11)
Wil Malone – choir arrangement, string arrangements, string conduction
Amy Stewart – strings conduction
Jon Contino – illustrations
Jeff Schulz – art direction, design
Terry Edwards – choir, chorus master
Ben Parry – choir, chorus master
London Voices – choir, chorus
Sam Taylor-Johnson – photography

About this release

Ordinary Man [p] Downloadable, Streaming
2020 Digital File Epic
Ordinary Man Picture Disc
2020 Vinyl LP
Ordinary Man
2020 CD
Ordinary Man 140 gram, 33 rpm
2020 Vinyl LP
Ordinary Man 140 gram, 33 rpm, Colored Vinyl, Gatefold
2020 Vinyl LP
Ordinary Man Deluxe Edition, Paper/Cardboard Sleeve
2020 CD Epic / 194397184624 Europe
Ordinary Man Bonus Tracks, Deluxe Edition, Gatefold, Paper/Cardboard Sleeve
2020 CD Epic / 19439718462 Germany

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Released to no inconsiderable amount of hype, 2020’s Ordinary Man is Ozzy Osbourne’s 12th full-length studio album.

There’s been a veritable whirlwind of press about it, which you’ve probably read already, but the salient facts are these: It’s a star studded affair full of collaborations, it was written and recorded really quickly during a period of ill-health, and it is better than anyone expected.

The most relevant guest appearances to rock fans are Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Duff, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morrello, Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Chad Smith and of course, Elton John. However, read the Wikipedia article if you want a Chinese Democracy’s worth of further participants.

It was produced by Andrew Watt (remember him, from California Breed, the Black Country Communion spin-off ?) who has since gone on to all sorts of success in the mainstream music world. Watt also contributes much of the lead guitar, as neither Gus G nor Zakk Wylde were involved in the record.

Stylistically, the album doesn’t feel like a continuation of the previous albums Scream (2010) or Black Rain (2007) but rather, its feels like a strange midway point between No More Tears (1991) and Ozzmosis (1995). Well, for the most part at least, its also really diverse and a little unfocused and not really any one thing.

There’s a few ballads, one or two mid paced rockers, a big album centrepiece in the varied ‘Under The Graveyard’ and then the weird punky closer ‘It’s A Raid’ which also has a guest appearance from rapper de jour, Post Malone.

Interestingly, this album ends with the line ‘Fuck You All’ which contrasts Scream, which ended with ‘I Love You All.’ This makes the album end on a less soppy note, which it easily could have, as the title track and a few others definitely bare the hallmarks of being written during a health scare and having the ‘this is my last album’ vibe to them. Luckily Ozzy has since stated that he intends to make another record.

The general consensus among fans, critics and the general public has been that this album is way better than anyone expected. Some people have started throwing around ‘’best album since…’’ statements.

I would have to agree with this consensus, but also preach caution on the ‘’sinces.’’ Don’t buy into the unrealistically positive hype. It doesn’t live up to that high bar. There are flaws (the lyrics for one, and the production for another). This probably won’t turn out to still be many people’s favourite Ozzy album 10 years from now.

It is however, a brief, refreshing and entertaining hodge-podge of loose, sometimes ‘90s-sounding Ozzy and a few ‘’fuck it, lets just have fun’’ moments. In summary; Its simultaneously better than you’d expect, but realistically not as good as people say it is.

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