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4.5 out of 5 stars
Down To Earth
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on 19 October 2001
First of all it has to be said that Ozzy is possibly singing better on this album than he has ever done. Couple this with the return of Zak Wylde on guitar and the ingredients to a classic album are laid. This is a heavy album but complimented brilliantly with some classic ballads that would have graced Ozzy's last solo album of note, 'No More Tears'. 'Dreamer' in this time of world turmoil is a hit waiting to happen (but won't) and one runs out of superlatives to describe 'Facing Hell' and 'No Easy Way Out', just heavy metal at it's best. More than anything, this is a very autobiographical album that charts so many of Ozzy's low points. In short, a masterpiece worthy of a performer who will endure and make great music for some time to come. Thank you.
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on 18 October 2001
At last a new OO album and it does not dissappoint. The "Evil One" is back with a vengance - eat you heart out Robbie Williams - this is what a legend is all about!. From the first track to the last the songs are strong and refreshing and show Ozzy at his heaviest and best. Hints of early Sabbath and away from the slushy songs like "Mama I'm coming home". Long may the godfather of heavy metal reign.
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on 18 October 2001
Ozzy, puts the worlds longest farewell pantomime (Black Sabbath)behind him, to produce a stunning and varied solo album. The best since the classic ultimate sin, showing there's life in the old dead dog yet. Tracks such as Junkie and Get Me Thru are good old rockers, while Dreamer and Running Out Of Time are lovely power ballads about death and rejection, eat your heart out Celine Dion. Well Worth the wait
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on 17 October 2001
I really wanted to like this. After the dissapointment of 'Ozzmosis' in 1995 there was much talk of a return to the class of 'No More Tears'. The return of Zakk Wylde, whose incendiary playing set NMT alight, was also a hopeful sign.
However, its all about the songs, and there aren't any here. Ozzy's descent into humourless self-parody, which began with 'Ozzmosis', appears to continue unabated. The album oscillates between lamentable 'Ozzmosis' cast offs ('Gets Me Through') and dodgy Sabbath B-sides ('Black Illusion'). Wylde's riffs are derivative and unconvincing, while the soulless co-writes with hit-maker Marti Frederiksen (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith) will send this record straight to the bargain bin after Christmas. This record does nothing for Ozzy's reputation as a purveyor of patchy records. Lets hope the ongoing Black Sabbath sessions in Wales produce something more valid than the dross offered up here.
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on 2 August 2011
Ozzy Osbourne released his eighth studio album Down To Earth in 2001, which was his first work as a solo artist in six years, and his second album since his planned retirement from music after No Mo Tears.

Zack Wylde is on board as the guitarist, filling the album full of pinch harmonics and metal riffs. Faith No More's Mike Bordin handles the drums and Rob Trujillo plays the bass.

For the most part, Down To Earth is full of either mid tempo metal songs with a Black Label Society sound or big ballads with keyboards and string arrangements. Highlights include the famous single `Gets Me Through,' as well as `Facing Hell,' and `Running Out Of Time.'

The album is fairly strong, if a little unremarkable, a bunch of good but not life changing post-millennial metal songs, all of mid-level-heaviness and most played at mid tempo. When you are listening to the album you'll enjoy it, but not a lot of it will carry through with you afterwards.

On the positive side, there is a lot to enjoy guitar wise, with big guitar solos going off regularly, which kind of makes up for the slight overproduction on Ozzy's excellent vocals.

There is more good to say about it than bad, and overall Down To Earth is certainly worth a look for Ozzy fans; not exactly his best work nor anywhere near his worst, but absolutely worth a shot if you are already a fan.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 23 November 2014
The distance in time between Ozzy's 'Ozzmosis' album and his comeback 'Down to Earth' was six years, and although I wouldn't rate this as among his best solo offerings - it's still a solid CD from the big man.

The heavy opener 'Gets Me Through' is a real head-banger, and the John Lennon-isque 'Dreamer', a thought provoking song with brilliant lyrics, which sees Ozzy wishing and hoping for a better life and future for his children, is right up there with the Prince of Darkness's greatest ballads, and one of those tracks that will probably appeal to music listeners outside of Ozzy's fan base. A song on here which is similar to 'Dreamer', only with darker lyrics is 'Running Out Of Time', one of the album's strongest tracks, and worthy of being a single.

The rest of the songs are of good quality, but the three aforementioned are the real highlights. For me, this 2001 album remains Ozzy's Osbourne's' last four star album to date, and overshadows the rather sub standard 'Black Rain' and 'Scream', both of which came later, by a mile.
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on 6 April 2012
'I'm not the Anti-Christ or the Iron Man' declares Ozzy on his eighth studio release, seemingly attacking his own image. Anyone unfamiliar with his reputation and familiar with 'The Osbournes' will know him as a coffee addicted, befuddled comedian, certainly not rock's 'Prince of Darkness', infamous for biting the heads of bats, snorting ants and urinating on the Alamo. That he is a rock icon is beyond doubt and this album proves that he still has something to offer the world of heavy music. This solid effort featuring Zakk Wilde (on his fourth album) and Mike Bordin and Rob Trujillo on their first is a big improvement on Ozzy's previous lacklustre release, Ozzmosis. What we have here is nothing new, expect hard rockin' songs, casually sprinkled with Ozzy's trademark rock ballads. Down to Earth is full of Zakk's trademark riffs and licks while Ozzy's unique vocals have never sounded better on heavier songs such as 'Get's Me Through', 'No Easy Way Out' and 'Alive' proving he still has what it takes.
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on 3 March 2017
Brilliant and quick delivery
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