Patient Number 9
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OZZY OSBOURNE – PATIENT NUMBER 9 – ALBUM REVIEW
After a ten year wait between ‘Scream’ and 2020’s ‘Ordinary Man’, Ozzy Osbourne is already back with new album, ‘Patient Number 9’. This is something of a miracle given the ongoing health concerns surrounding the iconic rocker, so it’s with a sense of relief that we press the play button.
The title track and opening campaign single, ‘Patient Number 9’ starts us off and showcases the first of many guests featuring on this album in Jeff Beck. Zakk Wylde, Tony Iommi, Mike McCready, Eric Clapton, Josh Homme, Dave Navarro, Robert Trujillo, Duff McKagan, Chris Chaney, Chad Smith and the late great Taylor Hawkins all have credits on this collaborators dream of an album.
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You may think that such an eclectic mix of stars would contribute to the album feeling disjointed and lacking cohesion. That would it turns out be an incorrect preconception as in fact the record flows well and is distinctively an Ozzy Osbourne record. That said each guest adds personal touches and influences and enables this to be some of Osbourne’s most diverse work.
The critical acclaim that adorned ‘Ordinary Man’ will undoubtedly bleed into ‘Patient Number 9’ with Ozzy Osbourne showing that there is life in the old dog yet.
The only possible criticism would be that perhaps at a little over an hour the record is a song or two too long, but ultimately at this stage of Osbourne’s career we should be grateful for everything we are able to get.
Question marks remain over his ability to tour again, but if ‘Ordinary Man’ and ‘Patient Number 9’ ultimately represent the finale of his distinguished career then Ozzy can enjoy his well earned retirement safe in the knowledge that his career finished as authoritatively as it began.
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