|Review: Ozzy Osbourne - Scream|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 1.64/5 (32.8%) (25 Votes)
Hard to believe but this is Ozzy's 10th studio album, originally titled Soul Sucka, and as far as I'm concerned, that best describes this disc. Scream starts out with "Let it Die", a track filled with vocal effects, a necessity given his age, and it is an accurate preview of the crap presented here. That's because with the exception of "Let me Hear You Scream" this thing is composed of slow songs or ballads – yes, fucking ballads. Starting from the third track to the last, you can name any song and it will be a good attempt at lame commercial mainstream hard rock.
The only redeeming factor here is the inclusion of Gus G.. I was very glad that the annoying, overrated, pinch harmonic-obsessed piece of garbage that is Zakk Wylde is no longer in this band. But considering that the guitar has considerable similarities to what Wylde has been doing for the past two decades, I doubt that Gus had anything to do with the songwriting (at least for his sake I hope so). Other than the guitar leads (where he does a good job), I really don't see how he could have influenced the album. Ozzy's performance hasn't really changed at all (even though he uses lots of vocal effects). As is always the case with his voice either you like it or you don't, so if you weren't enamored with his style, this album won't change your opinion. The rest of the band is a bunch of capable musicians but considering how shitty the songs are, it is a moot point how skillful these people are.
As much as I tried, I cannot say many good things about this record. I tried to listen to it objectively a bunch of times, but it just dragged on and on and on, making it a chore to hear this repeatedly. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece or a return to his heyday but what I did not anticipate was the colossal waste of time that this is. The first two songs are the only tracks that Ozzy should/can play live (and that is only for promotional tour purposes), there is nothing here that resembles anything like his glory days and the only reason that anyone must have this is because they want his entire discography. Avoid this at all costs, and if you decide to buy this, don't say that I didn't warn you.
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