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CD Review
Ozzy Osbourne - Scream

Ozzy Osbourne

Record Label: Epic Records
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Review by Aaron Manogue
October 2010

After 40 years of screaming his black heart out, most would think Ozzy’s vocal transmissions would have faded, but The Prince of Darkness has managed to keep his trademark sound alive and well in his 10th album, “Scream.”

Opening with a touch of Ozzy’s past swagger in “Let It Die,” silky guitar riffs accompany tenacious double-kick drums to launch this musical missile on the right path. In “Diggin’ Me Down,” Ozzy kidnaps you and takes you on a melodic journey that starts with a deceiving yet pleasing acoustic intro, and then erupts into a combination of ravishing guitar riffs and drum beats. “I Want It More” puts the ass kicking stamp on the record, with catchy lyrics and thick riffs.

The most notable change in the new album is the absence of legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde. When Ozzy stated that he “wanted a change,” fans were skeptical of the quality of guitar play that would follow. New guitarist Gus G falls far short of a change, as his riffs and solos on “Scream” sound reminiscent of Wylde’s style and unique shredding, since much of Wylde’s writing remained on the album.

No one can deny his uncanny ability to surround himself with musical talent that boasts the best support for his timeless vocals. “Scream” is a solid statement by Ozzy that his vocal talents will live on in rock n’ roll eternity.

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