michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — OZZY OSBOURNE

In Uncategorized on 06/24/2010 at 10:30 am

Ozzy Osbourne

Scream

(Epic)

By now, Ozzy Osbourne doesn’t seem very evil or menacing. Cuddly phone commercials and getting vexed over dog poop on TV will do that to a former Prince of Darkness. So he doesn’t try very hard to shock or scare on Scream, his tenth album. In fact, he doesn’t try very hard to do much at all. Despite some ominous-sounding titles (“Let Me Hear You Scream,” “Soul Sucker,” “Crucify”), the songs are run-of-the-mill contemporary hard rock – all thudding drums, piercing guitars, and sludgy production. Osbourne even distorts his voice beyond recognition in the opening “Let It Die.” New guitarist Gus G. provides some searing riffs here and there, but Scream is mostly a muffled whimper.

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