12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ozzy Osbourne’s first solo effort is a startling break from his old band. Ditching Black Sabbath’s hairy stoner grooves, the singer forges a bold, new approach to heavy metal, one reliant upon the classical training of his brilliant guitarist, Randy Rhoads. His dazzlingly ominous runs and compositional genius are the perfect complement to Ozzy’s personal meditations on paranoia, death, and sin. “Crazy Train,” “I Don’t Know,” “Mr. Crowley”—these aren’t songs so much as skillfully choreographed dances between seething dread and melodic elegance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ozzy Osbourne’s first solo effort is a startling break from his old band. Ditching Black Sabbath’s hairy stoner grooves, the singer forges a bold, new approach to heavy metal, one reliant upon the classical training of his brilliant guitarist, Randy Rhoads. His dazzlingly ominous runs and compositional genius are the perfect complement to Ozzy’s personal meditations on paranoia, death, and sin. “Crazy Train,” “I Don’t Know,” “Mr. Crowley”—these aren’t songs so much as skillfully choreographed dances between seething dread and melodic elegance.

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