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Down To Earth

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005QG9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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