The Prince of Darkness is sober, kids, and it doesn’t make a lick of difference. His new record rocks.
Everyone has an opinion. Me? Oh, thanks for asking! I think he’s an unstoppable rock force, a legend whose sense of what works is pretty infallible indeed. Detractors say he’s a doddering, drug trip-addled and incoherent mess, that age has taken away his title of metal god, or that he’s just a lapdog to his queen bitch wife Sharon (all opinions I’ve heard before, not my own thoughts).
So here comes his latest effort, Black Rain. I had so much fun listening to this record. It’s all here – the inimitable Ozzy vocals, the rip-your-head-off histrionics of Zakk Wylde’s guitar attack, the clear and pounding one-two KO punch of the bass and drums… Just awesome.
I love the way this album opens. The first two tracks are heavy enough to blow out your speakers if you play them loud enough (and you will, oh yes, you will). What a guitar sound! And there are plenty of other tracks here that will knock you back a pace or two, too.
As with every later-era Ozzy album, there are the slower (but still heavy) adventures too, and each one is exactly the way rawk ballads should be played. Formulaic? Hell yes! Get your lighters out!
I loved this record, and if you’re an Ozzy fan at all, especially one who’s well aware of just how great No More Tears was (and still is), then Black Rain is going to put a huge grin on your face. It’ll be a record you return to for years to come, and I’m willing to bet that no matter how many times you play it, it’ll always get your head banging and your fist pumping in the air.
Turn it up!
01 Not Going Away
02 I Don’t Wanna Stop
03 Black Rain
04 Lay Your World On Me
05 The Almighty Dollar
06 11 Silver
07 Civilize The Universe
08 Here For You
09 Countdown’s Begun
10 Trap Door