Ozzy Osbourne - Scream (2 stars)

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Ozzy Osbourne - Scream

(Columbia)

‘I’m a rock star,’ growls Ozzy at the start of this, his tenth solo album. Well, not really, Ozzy, you’re primarily a global reality television celebrity, something you’re actually better at these days. After the partial return to form that was Black Rain three years ago, this is a rather disappointingly formulaic collection of pomp-metal, perfect for enormodomes but lacking in bite and soul.

A young backing band inject feisty life into early tracks ‘Let It Die’ and ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’, and Ozzy’s snarl is intact, but most of the rest consists of clichéd platitudes over workmanlike riffage.

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