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  • Ozzy’s new “Down to Earth” album is a triumphant return to the Ozzy of old. It has a sound somewhere in between “No More Tears” and “No Rest for the Wicked”. Great guitar riffs and rhythums. Decent guitar solos. Ozzy must have learned something from all of the Ozzy Fests. But can we blame him for trying to make a mainstream album back in ‘95 when the music industry had turned to bands like David Matthews and the like? Well maybe not, but he has finally gone back to his ripping melodies and classic Ozzy vocals.Most of the songs are good unlike what Amazon had to say. Actually I found that the “Gets Me Through” single isn’t as good as the rest of the album. The second song, “Facing Hell” is good. It contains a good guitar rhythum. “Dreamer” is a ballad of sorts like “Momma I’m Coming Home” was. “No Easy Way Out” totally rocks with a cool guitar riff going on. In fact that song was a seller in itself to a friend of mine. “That I Never Had” is pretty good. Decent guitar rhythums. “You Know…(Part 1) is a short light song of what about I don’t know. Confused on that one.”Junkie” is pretty good as well. “Running Out of Time” starts out kinda like an acoustical ballad, but then electrifies later on in the song and is actually quite interesting. The last three songs, “Black Illusion”, “Alive”, and “Can You Hear Them?” all are excellent rockers. Great guitar rhythums and solos.The only thing I found strange was that the “clean” distinguishable bass sound is not at all prevalent in this album as I believe the bass is used quite a lot in a rhythum guitar mode.The band members are Ozzy on lead vocals of course, Zakk Wylde on Guitar, Robert Trujillo on Bass, and former drummer from “Faith No More”–Mike Bordin on Drums. I think Mike Bordin is somewhat responsible for the change in sound on this album. Although I could be wrong.

    Posted on January 29, 2010