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Thrilling for the most part. - 96%

Face_your_fear_79, March 16th, 2016
Written based on this version: 1995, CD, Sony Music (Reissue, Remastered)

There are few artists that have come about that can make a huge portion cringe at just the mention of their name. Ozzy Osbourne, after his departure from the great Black Sabbath, wandered for a year looking for exceptional musicians to work with and make a solo album. Ozzy had met the then unknown Randy Rhoads, a local guitarist that was in the band Quiet Riot, who had released a few albums in Japan, and were rather popular there. A man in Randy Rhoads who was just born to play the guitar. Osbourne had chosen him only after Rhoads tuned up and played some riffs and scales. From then, metal history was made. Blizzard of Ozz is Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo album, and remains a favorite of the metal community to this day, spawning popular songs like Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley, that even people who don't listen to metal or Ozzy's music could recognize after a few measures.

The sound on Blizzard of Ozz is mainly based around Ozzy's rather nasal voice, and Randy Rhoads ultra heavy guitar tone. The bass sound usually seems rather hollow, and the drums provide solid beats without too much flair, and seem to be rather danceable (i.e. Crazy Train's drum beat during the verses). Randy also provides a lot of classical influence, especially in his solos. Although there have been some guitarists to hint at classical in the past, Randy was fixated on classical playing. The solos and fills add great amounts of melody to the songs. A great example of his classical playing is the solo acoustic performance Dee, and fantastic ballad Goodbye to Romance.

Throughout the album, though, Ozzy also hints at themes that were ever-present on Black Sabbath albums. Suicide Solution is a warning of how alcoholism can ruin your life, and can even be a method of suicide. There is a part that people have claimed as subliminal, where it sounds as if he's saying "shoot" or "do it," but it was ruled out of court as a combination of sounds that formed to make those sounds. Yep, that's right, idiots brought this song and band to court! The song itself is vicious in its approach, with a very simple drum beat. It contains no real solo, though. There is also the song Mr. Crowley, which hints at themes of Aleister Crowley, famed satanist amongst other things.. The song also starts off with a very memorable, yet haunting organ part, and contains several mind blowing solos. It is one of the highlights of the album.

Blizzard of Ozz, though, isn't a perfect album at all. Ozzy's voice is extremely nasal at some points, and on Crazy Train, it sounds as if there's a roomful of lambs bleating out constantly. The guitar tone, also, can sometimes be annoying. "No Bone Movies" is an absolutely dreadful song, whether it is about pornography or horrible horror movies. The guitar playing is absolutely boring, with cliched pseudo-blues riffs, except for the great slide solo of course. Over all of that, Ozzy does his "lamb bleating" thing, and it is extremely annoying. Steal Away (The Night) is another bad song, although I can't really put my finger on it. To me, it sounds like a ripoff of Van Halen's Running With the Devil, and the song just sounds too "poppy" and out of place on the album.

Overall, this is a rather great metal album. It is a milestone of 1980, and kickstarted that particular decade with a bang. It contains some of Ozzy's best songs, and some of Randy's best guitar work. It isn't without it's flaws, though, however at the end of the day it should be bought post haste.