Tuesday, 22 February 2011

CD Review: The Ultimate Sin, by Ozzy Osbourne (1986)

After the relative artistic success of Bark At The Moon, Ozzy Osbourne falls back to utmost mediocrity on The Ultimate Sin. This is a listless, uninspired album, with the band sounding like so many session musicians forced to work together in the complete absence of any buzz, vibe or creativity.

The CD offer two worthwhile tracks out of nine. Opener The Ultimate Sin has at least some oomph and the pretense of purpose, while closer Shot In The Dark is the closest thing on the album to a respectable metal composition, with the band given some room to breathe and a fetching melody to work with.

The other seven tracks demonstrate the occasional flashes of engagement, but in general exist in a fog of disinterest that shrouds every note. A particular low point is the opening keyboard melody on Fool Like You, lifted straight from Santana's Black Magic Woman.

If the ultimate sin is going through the motions to release dull metal, then Osbourne certainly committed it.


Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
Jack E. Lee - Guitar
Phil Soussan - Bass
Randy Castillo - Drums

Keyboards - Mike Moran

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. The Ultimate Sin - 8
2. Secret Loser - 7
3. Never Know Why - 7
4. Thank God For The Bomb - 7
5. Never - 6
6. Lightning Strikes - 6
7. Killer Of Giants - 7
8. Fool Like You - 6
9. Shot In The Dark - 9

Average: 7.00

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