After more than 50 years of a not always restful career, Ozzy Osbourne launches Friday his 13th solo album, Patient Number 9. With collaborations with guitarists Eric Clapton, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck and Tony Iommi, this new opus shows that despite illness and a life of excess, the prince of darkness still wishes to defy death.
Ozzy Osbourne has nothing more to prove. After years of drug and alcohol addiction, coupled with a 2020 diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, the public wouldn’t hold it against him if he retired, but the creative flame lives in obviously still the singer.
I will never die, because I am immortalhe sings on the second title of his new album, immortalon which we can hear the guitar of Mike McCreary, co-founder of Pearl Jam.
The first three singles released upstream of the album have all the ingredients of Ozzy Osbourne’s more commercial works, with an abundance of memorable guitar riffs, the singer’s unique voice brought to the fore and melodies drawing on pop. As noted by the British daily The Guardian, who gave the album a 4 out of 5 star rating, there is however a more rock and heavy sound than in his last offerings.
The singer has also managed to rally an impressive number of collaborators. Zakk Wylde, guitarist and singer of Black Label Society, who accompanied Ozzy for 15 years, lends his talent to nothing feels right and several other tracks on the album.
Veteran Jeff Beck adds his touch to Patient Number 9 and A Thousand Shadesas Tony Iommi reunites with his former Black Sabbath colleague on No Escape From Now and Degradation Rules. The great Eric Clapton participates for his part in One of Those Days.
If Ozzy Osbourne has repeatedly admitted to suffering from increasingly serious hearing problems, we see only fire on the Patient Number 9.