Down to Earth

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Ozzy Osbourne's eighth solo studio album, Down to Earth, shows the madman of rock relying on a supergroup of metal musicians to bring his sound together. Longtime Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde is back, this time with Suicidal Tendencies bassist Robert Trujillo and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin supplying the rhythm. Despite the ever-changing world of heavy metal, Ozzy has a strangely timeless sound that he does not stray from on this record. Thick, heavy songs like "Gets Me Through" could really be on any Ozzy record after 1989 and fit in, but it is this bizarre reliability that keeps the album as listenable as it is. There are a few off moments, most specifically when ...
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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Ozzy Osbourne's eighth solo studio album, Down to Earth, shows the madman of rock relying on a supergroup of metal musicians to bring his sound together. Longtime Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde is back, this time with Suicidal Tendencies bassist Robert Trujillo and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin supplying the rhythm. Despite the ever-changing world of heavy metal, Ozzy has a strangely timeless sound that he does not stray from on this record. Thick, heavy songs like "Gets Me Through" could really be on any Ozzy record after 1989 and fit in, but it is this bizarre reliability that keeps the album as listenable as it is. There are a few off moments, most specifically when it comes to the occasional murky production that muffles Wylde's fiery guitar and Bordin's drums. Producer Tim Palmer gives it more of a grunge sheen than a heavy metal sound, which does work on some tracks but takes a little of the punch out of songs like "Junkie." Still, this has all the main ingredients of good Ozzy: a big fat Black Sabbath number ("Gets Me Through"), some wonderfully cheesy ballads ("Running Out of Time"), some tracks that can offend teenagers' parents ("Facing Hell"), and the song about how darn crazy he is ("Alive"). Sure it may be predictable, but no one looks to Ozzy to pioneer new sounds. Anyone who liked Ozzy's output from the '90s will probably embrace this album with open arms, and anyone who does not like him will probably know to avoid this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646358023
  • Catalog Number: 63580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gets Me Through (5:05)
  2. 2 Facing Hell (4:26)
  3. 3 Dreamer (4:45)
  4. 4 No Easy Way Out (5:06)
  5. 5 That I Never Had (4:23)
  6. 6 You Know... Pt. 1 (1:06)
  7. 7 Junkie (4:29)
  8. 8 Running Out of Time (5:05)
  9. 9 Black Illusion (4:22)
  10. 10 Alive (4:54)
  11. 11 Can You Hear Them? (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ozzy Osbourne Primary Artist, Vocals
Mike Bordin Drums
Tim Palmer Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Danny Saber Guitar
Zakk Wylde Guitar
Robert Trujillo Bass
Technical Credits
David Daoud Coleman Art Direction
Mark Dearnley Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Tim Palmer Producer
John Porter Engineer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Facing Heaven

    Ozzy's eight studio album is still same, safe kind of style than othet seven albums. The tracks are rock'n'roll and although Ozzy is more than fifty years old, he still rocks better than some of twenty years old. The first track, 'Gets Me Through' is very exploding. It has feeling of happiness and like that. The second one is Ozzy's "doom-sounding-track". Facing Hell is powerful but doom-sounding track. The third track, 'Dreamer' is silent,beautiful song which has became classic. The next songs, 'No Easy Way Out', 'That I Never Had' are more traditionel Ozzy. 'You Know (part I) is strange track. Short one. I'm waiting for part II. 'Junkie' is more like 'Mr.Crowley' song. It has good lyrics. 'Running out of Time' is silent track too. I think Ozzy is going through same kind of searching and he searches himself. Who is he now an that kind of stuff. The three last tracks are true hard rock from Ozzy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Blame Ozzy!

    This is hardly even an Ozzy cd since dave grohl of Foo Fighters wrote most of the songs so don't blame Zakk Wylde or Ozzy for this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ozzy ate my baby and stole my gramma's corpse

    i'd like this album more if Ozzy wore corpse paint and had big metal spikes. the one song about the thing was pretty cool but then the others songs about those other things were just alright. i just want an all instrumental Ozzy album...ya know, like with Ozzy playing the tamborine all metal like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ozzy and Zakk at it again

    Every Ozzy fan knows what they're getting themselves into when we buy his music. No one is looking for him to reinvent the wheel. The clown who just wrote a review (stupid daemon douchebag) doesn't know much about the guitar, and ought to keep his mouth shut for everyone's listening pleasure. The album is good, and it's great to hear Ozzy and Zakk back at it one more time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Great Ozzy Album

    Great Ozzy Album for His Merry Mayhem Tour best selection is Gets Me Through. Teaming up with great guitarist of Zakk Wylde who plays awesome on the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Strong Return

    Ozzy has finally returned with his new album. After the dissapointing last album OZZMOSIS, I am happy to see that OZZY has found his form once again. 'Get's me throug'h is a classic rock riff and 'Dreamer' is the ballad of the moment. The producion is solid and the sound is massive. Lead guitar hero Zakk Wylde is back and the record is better for that. The rhythm section of Mike Bordin and Robert Trujillo are groovin like a mother f***ers. I can't wait to see the tour. Check it out. Best album since 'Diary of a Madman'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great rocking album

    If U love Ozzy U will love this album. I will say that this is almost as strong as No More Tears, his break through dry and sober album. Strong riffs, strong solos, and great message. The Old Rocker still has it. I really hope that the forthcoming Album from Sabath includes the IronMan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well He Is Getting Old Aint He??

    WELL I agree with the other review, very ordinary stuff from the Ozzman. DO NOT BUY THIS UNLESS YOU LOVE OZZY'S WORK. Ozzy was flat as Tyre and Zakk's head appears to be elsewhere, lets not sugar coat things. Lets see them as they are. This appears to be a record that was maybe rushed out to please the record company or something along those lines because I can't believe the poor quality of the songs. Maybe Ozzy or the record company is just trying to capitalize on the huge success of the Ozzfest tour. Any way it goes it was bitterly disapointing and has left a sour taste in my mouth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ozzy....Still the best rock has to offer!

    Well here we are again, a new Ozzy album. I am off course a huge fan of Ozzy as I have been for many many years...And with his latest release I will be for many more years to come. I find the album Down to Earth to be an excellent effort on the part of Ozzy. The album is well balanced between very heavy songs and some very nice ballads that are well written. As for the vocals....Ozzy still has a voice all his own wich sets him well apart and Above the typical 90's/2000 so called rock singers. You know the ones I mean.....the singers that could be interchanged from one mediocre band to the next and nobody could tell the difference? In an ever changing rock and roll world, Ozzys voice is strong an unique compared to most of todays mumbling boys who sound like they have taken an overdose of testosterone to make the cut. As for the songs themselves, they are not the Ozzy songs of the past......nor should they be. The days of Crazy Train and Souicide Solution have longs since past. As great as the music from Ozzy was back in those days, you souldn't compare the new albun to past efforts. After all, that was a long time ago, and the ''style'' of rock music was different. Down To Earth, holds true to the Ozzy sound, but also reflects the changing tmes, without having to sacrifice the music. The songs are well written through out the Disc, Ozzy sings within his vocal range and souhds as good as ever. The guitar work, by Zack Wylde,is also well done. His playing is energetic and heavy, and the solos are well done and appropriate for the songs. Over all I would have to say get a copy and check it out for yourself. Listen with an open mind and avoid the ''20 year ago'' comparison to his earlier works, and you will not be dissapointed. The album is anoth feather in the cap of a great rock singer.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ozzy's Down To Earth is out of this world

    Before I even bought the CD, the cover blew me away. The x-ray type picture with the tattoos and jewelry. After buying and playing it 6 times in two days, I love it. Gets Me Through, the first single and first track, rocks, he mentions the Iron man, and other past songs characters, and tells a new story, with the basic ozzy theme, ''Don't blame me.'' Dreamer, Facing hell, alive, Black Illusion are some of his best rockers yet. Junkie was a song I had to hear a few times, my first immpression was that he was a junkie and alcoholic, so why should he be so hard on someone else, but then I figured He quit that stuff, and was trying to make others do the same. Cool song though. The video section is all from the Video ''Don't Blame Me,'' but is still cool. The weblink shows info, and the video for Gets Me Through. Great video. all in all a great Ozzy album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ozzy, Still Rock'n? You be the judge...

    </P>It's more of the same from our favorite over the hill rocker Ozzy Osbourne... If you are a big fan of his solo work, there is no reason that you will not find at least one good song on this album; It's just more of the same. The vocal arrangements are almost exactly like every solo album he has ever done and I think he might even be recycling lyrics in this one. the most disappointing thing though, is that Zakk is getting tired, and it really shows. Not tired in the physical sense but I truly believe he is sick of the whole ''metal'' scene.<P> </P>All you fans out there of Mr. Wylde beware... If your ready to check out some more cool riffs blistering solos and screaming trademark split harmonics, well you just may be disappointed. It almost seems as though Zakk would be much more interested in pursuing his awful solo career with that terrible country music he thinks people like, or his mediocre heavy rock band Black Label Society. Some of his Riffs on this album can be compared to the likes of Soundgarden's Bad Motor Finger, more rock, less tech (do not get me wrong, Soundgarden rocked but they are a very different kind of band...). I would say that offerings such as Thunder Underground from the previous Ozzy/Wylde combo show much more interest in lyrics and guitar playing then anything on this record. The energy is just not here.<P> </P>There will be points on this record where you will find your self saying ''Ok here it comes, we've hit the bridge, where's that solo Zakk! Hit me I'm ready!'' and only to hear a few volume swallows and maybe a whammy dive bomb. Like I said above, it just seems as if he is ''saving'' his good material and giving Ozzy second rate rhythm and studio musician solo work.<P> </P></P>Now as far as lyrics go, Ozzy, come on man!!! stop apologizing to everyone, we know your ''not the Anti-Christ or the Iron man'' get over it, the Bat head was an accident, were all over it, you should be too!<P> I just saw them on Jay Leno tonight and I almost felt bad watching Ozzy struggle to recall the words to his song and keep in harmony with the background vocals. My prediction is that this will be the last Ozzy album with Zakk Wylde. </P>The Good, The good is that if you enjoy Ozzy like I do, you will find some good points in this new release. Songs such as track 1 ''Gets me Through'' the song that gets the most radio play here in Detroit will keep most fans interested. Then there is the slower ''Running out of Time'' a slower rock ballad of sorts which I found most memorable. Unfortunately if you do hear this one, you will see what I am referring to when I say ''where is that solo Zakk???'' If you are a big Ozzy fan you will like this offering, if you are only a partial fan, you will find this one collecting dust. If you are not a fan at all and are thinking of starting here... I suggest that you choose some earlier stuff. You will enjoy something like Ozzmosis much more. Now after all this you might ask your self, ''Self, why did this guy seem to criticize the album so much but at the same time rate it 4 out of 5 stars?'' Well my answer to that is, ITS OZZY! how the hell can you not like an Ozzy record? even if it is not the best, its Ozzy and he still rocks! Honestly though, I have listened to the album about 10 times and only remember 2 songs :)<P>

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    Posted April 26, 2009

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    Posted January 12, 2009

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