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Ozzy Osbourne Is Extraordinary On His New Album 'Ordinary Man'

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By Jalyn Reed

Ozzy Osbourne has seen his fair share of health issues recently. Amidst the recording of his new LP, Ozzy was recovering from a severe fall, a life-threatening staph infection, and had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2019. The legendary rocker was grappling with misery when writing the songs and, as a result, they have been more revealing and intimate than his past work. While you can hear his struggle in his voice on the songs, they are highlighted by heavy riffs and sensitive acoustic ballads, making for a meaningful project.

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Ordinary Man is Ozzy Osbourne's first album since Black Sabbath's reunion album, 13, and his first solo project since Scream in 2010. Since then, Ozzy has been through more personal struggles as of late. However, the bat-biting madman has always been one to bounce back from trials and tribulations. After Black Sabbath kicked out their frontman because of his excessively harmful vices, Ozzy came back as the solo heavy metal madman that we know today, establishing himself as the seemingly indestructible artist that isn't so easy to bend.

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Although the album is an existential one, this isn't the first time Ozzy Osbourne has tackled the subject of death. "I'm 71 and I don't fuckin' understand how I got there," Ozzy said in an interview with Apple Music. "I can remember times when I've fuckin' woken up, puke down me. I've fuckin' woken up with a bed full of blood, when I've fallen down and banged my head." The prospect of an imminent end has been a theme Ozzy has explored since his debut with Black Sabbath fifty years earlier.

Ozzy Osbourne and Post Malone
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When Ozzy Osbourne was struggling with his health earlier in 2019, he needed a distraction. Around this time, Kelly Osbourne asked her father if he would do a song with Post Malone, an artist Ozzy had never even heard of before. The two made the hit "Take What You Want" and it was here that Ozzy bonded with Post Malone's producer, guitarist Andrew Watt, and asked him to help make his album. The duo recruited an all-star team to help make the project with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith on drums and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan on bass.

Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne
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Ordinary Man brings out a new side of Ozzy Osbourne, a more personal and intimate man who has been humbled by his health mishaps, not just recently, but over the course of his career. He laments on his wild past with songs like "It's A Raid" and "Goodbye", while expressing his realization that his wild journey will end sooner or later with lyrics like "Sitting here in purgatory, not afraid to burn in hell/All my friends are waiting for me, I can hear them crying out for help." The Prince of Darkness proves once again just how resilient he is as a person and how, as an artist, he is anything but an Ordinary Man.

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