Ozzy Osbourne, also known as the Prince of Darkness, is at it once again. On February 21, 2020, Ozzy released his twelfth studio album titled, Ordinary Man (stylised as ØRD†NARY MAN). The album features eleven songs, combining to form the 49 minute and 21 second album. The album has numerous features including that of Hip-Hop artists Post Malone and Travis Scott, as well as 70’s pop star Elton John. "Under the Graveyard", which is song number five on the tracklist, was the first single released for the album on November 8, 2019, and it was Ozzy’s first single in over nine years. The song quickly rose to the top of the music chart, reaching number one on the US Mainstream Rock charts in December of 2019. The song made many people anxious for the release of his album.
With the release of albums comes reviews. Many of the large companies, such as Rolling Stones and The Guardian, rate the album as a 7/10. The smaller companies however, such as Evening Standard and Variety, rate the album 8 or 9 out of 10. Personally, I would consider the album somewhere in the 8 to 9 out of 10 range due to the fact that the album sounds like normal Ozzy. He sounds the same now as he did back in the 70’s with rock band Black Sabbath. Ozzy is energetic, passionate, and still going forward with what he loves most.
Unfortunately, his past has caught up to him. After years of hard drug and alcohol abuse as a young and reckless musician, the miles started to add up. In May 2005, Ozzy found out that he had Parkin syndrome, a genetic condition, the symptoms of which are similar to Parkinson's disease. He did not tell the world about this until January 21, 2020 with an exclusive interview with Good Morning America. On February 18, 2020, Ozzy announced that he will be cancelling all dates for his 2020 North American tour, “No More Tours II,” explaining that he needs time to undergo treatment for his disease.
Reporter: Myles Witte