Ordinary Man

Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #248 / 589
User Score
Based on 234 ratings
2020 Ratings: #803
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February 21, 2020 / Release Date
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Epic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

Ozzy Osbourne is having an absolute ball on ‘Ordinary Man’, and he’s not afraid to explore corners of the graveyard he’s hitherto untouched.

90
The Young Folks

This album is Ozzy Osbourne hosting us to his finest entertainment and at the end of the day, it’s a hell of a good listen too.

90
Spill Magazine

Ultimately, Ordinary Man sets the bar for hard rock records for the next decade and not only lives up to, but exceeds, Osbourne’s legendary status, 50 years later.

80
AllMusic

How he's making music this strong after riding the crazy train for more than half-a-century is anyone's guess, but the better songs here rank among his best.

80
Kerrang!

This is an album to celebrate. There’s life in the old dog yet, and what’s more he’s learned some new tricks, which can only be applauded at this point.

80
The Arts Desk

Ordinary Man is the most poignant, deranged and high-volume album about growing old you're likely to hear.

80
Classic Rock

If this is Ozzy’s swansong – and his lyric sheet, advancing age and postmillennial work rate suggest that’s not inconceivable – then, like Sabbath’s 13, it’s a credible end to an extraordinary career.

75
Consequence of Sound

There’s strong songwriting, both musically and lyrically, with a handful of infectious choruses throughout the album. If anything, Ordinary Man suffers from being too crisp and too polished.

70
Metal Sucks

It’s nice to hear Osbourne feeling engaged and energized again — something lacking on his last few releases. If it is, indeed, his final testament, it’s not a bad note to go out on.

70
musicOMH

It succeeds in its rawness, its slapdash cobbling together of predictable riffs and lunatic poetry. It falls down on its inability to break free from the template Ozzy laid down with Randy Rhoads a lifetime ago

70
Exclaim!

The record is easily the most captivating music he's made on a solo record since the early '90s, and despite small flaws with select songs, he's created another record worthy of people's attention.

70
Rolling Stone

Some of the songs are elegiac, some are packed with comic-book laughs, but throughout the album he sings with a youthful vivacity that seems at odds with his seventy-something years.

70
Clash

It's silly, it's sad, it's an eternally clumsy man bowing out with as much grace as he could ever muster.

70
Metal Injection

While the album may be entitled Ordinary Man, Osbourne has come through with a record that proves that even in his old age, the Prince of Darkness can still be unpredictable.

66
Sputnikmusic

The end result is an engrossing number of tales written and smothered by slapdash and generic songwriting, which is a damn shame when you look at the bigger picture.

65
Pitchfork

On his best album in decades, the most famous man reaches again for big hooks and big statements, with help from new friends like Post Malone.

60
The Guardian

Ordinary Man may have its lachrymose moments lyrically ... but that’s not true of the music.

Doublez
65
What to expect from an Ozzy Osbourne album in 2020? I see nothing but pleasure

Ozzy is a legend that we owe a lot to and we'll never be able to thank him enough. First of all, we owe him mainly Heavy Metal, with his band Black Sabbath, notably with 2 innovative albums released 50 years ago just this year (offbeat of course) to name but a few, then of course his solo career where he offered us so many wonderful things in the 80s. So when I heard that he had cancelled his tour, that he was ... read more
Doofy
22
First there was Ozzmosis, now get ready for Ozzteoporosis
JustSomeGuy
70
Ozzy's new and final release is pretty much what you would expect from him at this late stage in his career, but that doesn't make it any less of a joy to listen to.

Ordinary Man is a very enjoyable and highly emotional album. Seeing as this may be his last ever studio effort, you can really tell that he wanted to make something special here. Realistically, he could have ended his studio output off with Scream and no one would mind, but he went the extra mile and made an album he could be ... read more
TreyLikesBands
71
THE OZZ! Former leader of Black Sabbath and heavy metal extraordinaire drops his final album in the year of our lord 2020. Alongside the usual gimmicks that come along with cliche, dark heavy metal records, Ozzy’s vocal performance here is drowned in overproduction, which isn’t a bad thing because he sounds great. Even though he was probably wigging out on drugs during the entire making of this record, I’d say the outcome is what I would expect!

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Plats
70
An Ozzy album in 2020 could've been a nightmare, but it's surprisingly decent. "Ordinary Man" is most likely his goodbye, however, as he has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's and canceled a whole tour because the condition will progressively worsen his voice. It's kinda sad that we're not gonna see him for that long, but let's see the positives of this here album. Ozzy's voice, despite his age, still holds up, the instrumentation is fun and the emotional aspect is handled ... read more
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Track List

  1. Straight to Hell
  2. All My Life
  3. Goodbye
  4. Ordinary Man (feat. Elton John)
  5. Under the Graveyard
  6. Eat Me
  7. Today Is The End
  8. Scary Little Green Men
  9. Holy For Tonight
  10. It's A Raid (feat. Post Malone)
  11. Take What You Want (feat. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott)
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Added on: November 8, 2019