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Down to Earth

Ozzy OsbourneAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

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Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman are landmark albums that took metal in a new direction in the early 1980's, inspiring whole new generations of rock bands and fans. "Crazy Train," the first single from Blizzard of Ozz, has become one of Ozzy's musical signatures, a perennial on the rock playlists and as part of Ozzy’s live performances.

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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005QG9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gets Me Through
2. Facing Hell
3. Dreamer
4. No Easy Way Out
5. That I Never Had
6. You Know...(Part I)
7. Junkie
8. Running Out Of Time
9. Black Illusion
10. alive
11. Can You Hear Them?

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For the first five minutes of Down to Earth, one feels like cracking open the champagne to celebrate a triumphant return. To a deliciously dirty blues riff that sounds like Led Zeppelin getting hot and sweaty with prime Black Sabbath, "Gets Me Through" finds Ozzy deconstructing his showbiz persona in a Robbie Williams-turns-rock-god style: "I'm not the kind of person you think I am . . . I try to entertain you the best I can." It's a brilliant track that's at least partially a parody, yet it rocks like a bastard. The rest of the album, however, isn't quite up to the opener's high standards. "Facing Hell," while a fine foot-stomper, is stuffed with horror clichés. The same goes for "Black Illusion" and "Can You Hear Them." The album really goes off the rails, though, with "Dreamer" where Ozzy weeps about global warming and "You Know," in which our hero apologizes to his kids. But even at its worst Down to Earth displays enough eccentricity to keep one entertained and brimming with respect. --Ian Watson

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For the first five minutes of Down to Earth, one feels like cracking open the champagne to celebrate a triumphant return. To a deliciously dirty blues riff that sounds like Led Zeppelin getting hot and sweaty with prime Black Sabbath, "Gets Me Through" finds Ozzy deconstructing his showbiz persona in a Robbie Williams-turns-rock-god style: "I'm not the kind of person you think I am . . . I try to entertain you the best I can." It's a brilliant track that's at least partially a parody, yet it rocks like a bastard. The rest of the album, however, isn't quite up to the opener's high standards. "Facing Hell," while a fine foot-stomper, is stuffed with horror clichés. The same goes for "Black Illusion" and "Can You Hear Them." The album really goes off the rails, though, with "Dreamer" where Ozzy weeps about global warming and "You Know," in which our hero apologizes to his kids. But even at its worst Down to Earth displays enough eccentricity to keep one entertained and brimming with respect. --Ian Watson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I started this album thinking it was going to be another No More Tears or Ozzmosis, and I was disappointed upon the first listen. I wasn't expecting to get out if it on the first listen what I actually did get out of it on the second listen. This album sounds almost nothing like anything else in Ozzy's solo career. There's no fast, glam metal guitar, there's not as many screeching, catchy Randy Rhoads or Zakk Wylde guitar riffs. What makes this album special is the fact that it sounds more like a vintage Black Sabbath album than it does an Ozzy Osbourne solo album. It comes complete with all of the tuned-down, heavy guitar riffs and crunches that sound a little too suspiciously like something Tony Iommi would dream up. The lyrics on the strongest songs, "Can You Hear Them?" "No Easy Way Out" and "Alive" are also more mature and twinged with creepier, gothic imagery.
I think some of this has to do with the fact that almost none of it was written with the help of Zakk Wylde. Instead, it was almost completely written with guitarist Joe Holmes, so it doesn't have a lot of Zakk's style.
My only complaint is that this album has too many acoustic ballads. "Dreamer" sounds too much like Lennon's "Imagine," and compared to songs like "Road To Nowhere" and "Mama, I'm Coming Home," the ballads on this album just fall completely flat. Still, when this album picks it up and kicks out the metal, it rocks. "Can You Hear Them?" I think is the strongest track on the album, kicking in with a strong beat and the type of smart, doomy lyrics that the Disturbed and Godsmack listeners of today would really enjoy.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just forget Ozzmosis ever happened. October 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ozzy's new "Down to Earth" album is a triumphant return to the Ozzy of old. It has a sound somewhere in between "No More Tears" and "No Rest for the Wicked". Great guitar riffs and rhythums. Decent guitar solos. Ozzy must have learned something from all of the Ozzy Fests. But can we blame him for trying to make a mainstream album back in '95 when the music industry had turned to bands like David Matthews and the like? Well maybe not, but he has finally gone back to his ripping melodies and classic Ozzy vocals.
Most of the songs are good unlike what Amazon had to say. Actually I found that the "Gets Me Through" single isn't as good as the rest of the album. The second song, "Facing Hell" is good. It contains a good guitar rhythum. "Dreamer" is a ballad of sorts like "Momma I'm Coming Home" was. "No Easy Way Out" totally rocks with a cool guitar riff going on. In fact that song was a seller in itself to a friend of mine. "That I Never Had" is pretty good. Decent guitar rhythums. "You Know...(Part 1) is a short light song of what about I don't know. Confused on that one.
"Junkie" is pretty good as well. "Running Out of Time" starts out kinda like an acoustical ballad, but then electrifies later on in the song and is actually quite interesting. The last three songs, "Black Illusion", "Alive", and "Can You Hear Them?" all are excellent rockers. Great guitar rhythums and solos.
The only thing I found strange was that the "clean" distinguishable bass sound is not at all prevalent in this album as I believe the bass is used quite a lot in a rhythum guitar mode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Underrated And A Metal Classic May 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many other reviewers on this site complain that Ozzy has recorded a piece of garbage, and that it is a sellout. Nothing could be further from the truth. On Ozzy's 8th studio album, he takes the crunching metal rhythms of No Rest For The Wicked with the odd, sweeping landscape of Ozzmosis and gives them a contemporary feel. The album starts off with a bizarre piano piece on Gets Me Through which leads to a Led Zeppelin-esque thunder riff. Facing Hell, the next track is great and so are the rest. Go and buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facing The Hell That Is Today's Top 40 October 27, 2001
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We are in dire need of artists like Osbourne today. "Down To Earth" proves that a man over 50, with kids, can still rock hard and have something to say. Where is Mr. Osbourne on the radio?? Do we only get to hear old Black Sabbath and "Crazy Train"? As Ozzy shows us here, he has more to offer such as "Get Me Through", "Facing Hell", "Dreamer" and "Junkie". Ozzy needs to put these bland musicmakers like Creed, Nickleback, Staind, Lifehouse and Tool six feet under, R.I.P. One more thing Ozzy has going for him and his music unlike all these new bands--HUMOR! Open up the cd booklet and you can tell he doesn't take himself all that seriously! It's refreshing to have an old friend like Ozzy back again. Now if we could only get him to create more albums more often...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ozzy since No More Tears October 24, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Now, sure, some may argue that No More Tears wasn't the best Ozzy album ever, but I'll go on record as saying Zakk Wylde made that album as hot as it was.
Well, Zakk's back - and so is Ozzy, in a big way. Backed up by Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies) on bass and Mike Bordin (Faith No More) on drums, Ozzy's got an amazingly tight and solid band behind him.
The plain, simple truth is that Zakk is the best metal guitarist on the scene right now. After the two studio albums from his Black Label Society, this is pretty much undeniable. Combined with the distinctive voice of Ozzy, the two of them create a signature sound that is instantly recognizable and very, very welcome amidst the dredge of rap-rock that's on the radio nowadays.
You will not be disappointed by this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Solo Effort By Ozzy Osbourne
If you are a fan of Ozzy Osbourne's solo work then you love this solo work. The songs are really good. I don't think any of his fans will find anything to complain about here.
Published 2 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Be Fair
I’m going to stray from the usual music reviews. Ozzy has been making albums throughout most of my life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mjs
5.0 out of 5 stars down to earth
this cd is simply Ozzy! In 2001 Ozzy went in a new direction internally best songs No Easy Way Out Dreamer , Junkie That I never Had awsome cd! Ozzy
Published 7 months ago by christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars OZZY RULES!!!!
DOWN TO EARTH Is a great album from the prince of darkness, the legendary OZZY OSBOURNE.....All the songs rocks like FACING HELL, GETS ME THROUGH, RUNNIN OUT OF TIME and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by FLUMINENSE
4.0 out of 5 stars A great effort by ozzy and zakk co!
What can I say about a hard rock, classic rock, metal legend. Some many albums solo and with black sabbath. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Josh Bosely
4.0 out of 5 stars Another jewel from the Ozzman himself
Ozzy Osbourne released his eighth studio album in 2001. "Down to Earth" is Ozzy's first new material in over six years, and what a return to form this album was for Ozzy as... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jonathan Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
I love this ozzy record, maybe it's not diary of a madman or blizzard of Ozz but its a great cd, nice sound, great guitars, very nice production this is a great cd
Published 13 months ago by A. Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
I loved my cd I am impressed of how well it plays and it was brand new just like they said they didn't say that but it was brand new thank you I highly réclame need by this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by kirkland
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
This album is my favorite so far of Ozzys stuff. Ive heard some bad things about but it still is a really good album. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Josh Lockard
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this record
Bought this back in '01 and still listen to it after all these years. Lots of great songs on this album (Facing Hell, No Easy Way Out ,That I Never Had, Junkie, Black Illusion... Read more
Published 20 months ago by raker
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