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Ozzy By The Numbers
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.