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Black Rain

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In February, OZZY OSBOURNE made the ground-breaking announcement that OZZFEST will be free for all this summer. In continuing to give back to his fans, a limited number of specially marked copies of BLACK RAIN (Epic Records) -- OSBOURNE's first studio album of all new material in six years -- will contain a unique code which can be redeemed for reserved seats to the Ozzfest show of your choice.

Ozzy returns with a startlingly heavy ninth studio album, a record filled with vows to continue his rock 'n' roll ways ("Not Going Away," "I Don't Wanna Stop"), meditations on the state of a world that has changed surprisingly little since Black Sabbath's early days ("Black Rain," "God Bless the Almighty Dollar") and the obligatory ballad ("Here for You," which can be read either as a letter to a lover or a love letter to his fans). With longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde providing plenty of brutal, soul-searing riffs and solos, there's no shortage of reasons to throw the horns, raise your fist, and yell. The rhythm section of Mike Bordin (drums) and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (drums) is simply the best since Randy Castillo and Phil Soussan joined up for 1986's The Ultimate Sin and fires most accurately on the title cut, "Lay Your World On Me" and "Countdown's Begun." There's no "Crazy Train" or "Mama I'm Coming Home" here but Black Rain is a more convincing statement for it. The promises Ozzy makes here are sincere, he's not going away anytime soon––and he's still got plenty of game. ––Jedd Beaudoin

1. Not Going Away
2. I Don't Wanna Stop
3. Black Rain
4. Lay Your World On Me
5. God Bless The Almighty Dollar
6. Silver
7. Civilize The Universe
8. Here For You
9. Countdown's Begun
10. Trap Door

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Scott E. Jones on June 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ozzy's latest album Black Rain, Is his best in several years. First off, his voice is stronger and clearer on this one since No More Tears. Compare this with his Under Cover album and the difference is obvious.

The tracks:

1. Not Going Away - I think this song is the weakest thing on the album and one of Ozzy's worst opening songs of all. Odd also since the first two songs are essentially about the same thing.

2. I Don't Wanna Stop - Great single and classic sounding Ozzy tune. Way better than Not Going Away.

3. Black Rain - Highlight of the album. War Pigs for the new era. Political lyrics and how long has it been since you've heard a harmonica on an Ozzy tune?

4. Lay Your World On Me - Good ballad, good lyrics. Really needs an epic No More Tears Zakk solo in it though.

5. The Almighty Dollar - Another highlight. Very bass heavy and almost funk sounding during the verses for an Ozzy tune. Blasko does well on this one. His bass is very prominent on the whole album.

6. 11 Silver - Fast song about crystal meth. Pretty cool.

7. Civilize The Universe - Good song, nothing really stands out but good anyway.

8. Here For You - The obligatory "I Love My Wife" ballad.

9. Countdown's Begun - Another one of the best on the album. Possibly Zakk's best solo on the album.

10. Trap Door - Cool Zakk riff but it's kind of repetative on the lyrics.

Bonu Tracks :

11. I Can't Save You - I Don't know why this was left off the US release it's fast and yould have made a killer opening song to the album.

12. Nightmare - Another song that shouldn't have been a b-side. Sounds more like Ozzy from the 80's which kind of mixes the album up a little.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on June 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
John Michael Osbourne (a.k.a. Ozzy Osbourne, Ozz, The Madman, The Godfather of Metal, The Prince of F'ing Darkness, etc.) Is fifty-eight years old, and thirty-six of those years have been spent making heavy metal. Recent rumors started by wife Sharon of Ozzy retiring, and rumors of this summer's Ozzfest being his last, fans were starting to wonder what would come of The Ozzman. But he has recently dismissed all retirement rumors, and with ninth studio album, this year's "Black Rain," and song titles like "Not Going Away" and "I Don't Wanna Stop," it appears Ozzy doesn't see any end in sight for his long and legendary career.

So what is his secret of lasting so long in the music industry? It's quite simple, really: Write good songs. Ever since debuting with Black Sabbath way back in 1970, Ozzy and his band have written quality, complete songs that combine excellent, crunchy riffs, killer solos, and a tight rhythm section, with memorable hooks, a keen ear for melody, and (rare in this day and age) good, well-thought-out and often thought-provoking lyrics.

"Black Rain" marks a return for Ozzy, since it has been six years since his last solo studio album, 2001's "Down To Earth." And boy, is it great to have him back! Sometimes there's nothing else in the world like a great Ozzy disc. "Black Rain" may come up a bit short in surprises, and there may be no immediate classics (i.e. 1980's "Crazy Train," 1981's "Over The Mountain," etc.), but so friggin' what? This album rocks! Listening to this album literally had me smiling from ear to ear!

"Black Rain" covers all of the bases you want from a modern day Ozzy album, so everybody who is or was at one time a fan of his music should be very satisfied with this release.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on May 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Regardless of whether or not the lyrics are included in the disk (I have been deciphering Ozzy lyrics for about 30 years, back in the days when no albums ever came with learned the words by playing the songs over and over again), this CD is excellent. And whoever says this album is lower quality because it doesn't have all the plastic covers and other things to clutter up the landfills, get a life. Every artist should start thinking of using biodegradable products to package their disks in. Don't you think there is a message there? And don't forget the people who quickly label any song they don't like right off the bat as a "filler". Whatever. We all know what opinions are like, and that everyone has one.

On first listen, you might not realize what it is you are listening to, but once you listen again you begin to see how remarkable ozzy is and always has been. His message hasn't really changed over the years, but he has a way with putting a new twist on an old phrase....for example,the line "Cross my heart until I die" from the song "Lay your world on me". This song has the soul and sound to be as big a favorite as "Mama, I'm coming home".

There are some excellent concert quality songs, as well. Songs that have the pump to wire up a live audience, and songs that compell you to sing along.

Everybody is a critic these days. Ozzy is beyond their labels or categories. Ozzy is Ozzy, saying what he came to say and doing it in his own way. Some of the songs are a little harder than his earlier songs, one of them includes a harmonica, and several of them condemn the war. He has condemned war since his Black Sabbath days, and that message is still the same.
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Those wanna bee's known as Iron Maiden happen to still be putting out great records. They have grown more musically inclined through their long career and at least Bruce Dickinsons voice isnt shot to hell as Ozzy's is. This album is an insult to Ozzy. Its time for him to hang it up. Dont you hear... Read More
Oct 24, 2007 by T. Gore |  See all 3 posts
CD skips when played on PS2!
They didn't do it at your expense. They didn't take anything from you. You bought the album. If you were in a store, you knew what you were paying for. If you bought it online and weren't informed, take it up with the store you bought it from. But nobody involved in the making of the CD was... Read More
Apr 18, 2008 by darkxsun |  See all 2 posts
Confused about the album cover artwork?
It is the picture. I too was surprised to see that they didnt release it with him on the cover. No booklet or anything either. Just the cardboard and the CD and the slip for the free tix.
May 22, 2007 by Chris M |  See all 14 posts
I'm still buying it just cause of Zakk
the packaging is due to ironically global warming. they tear down trees to make the digipaks in hopes of saving the planet when they are destorying it in the process.
Jun 20, 2007 by paris |  See all 2 posts
Has anybody been able to get Ozzfest tickets online?
I've been trying since 6PM... and still cannot get them.
I could see a screen showing my pretty good seats and timed out like 6:15PM...
and no luck so far...
Jun 8, 2007 by Kenshiro |  See all 3 posts
Black Rain reissued...again! Be the first to reply
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