Ozzy is mentioned a few times in the The Guardian's article from yesterday about the 50-year anniversary of the Paranoid album: last DOT fm/music/Black+Sabbath/+shoutbox/27627078:shoutbox:ea57a2c1-34e3-4fe8-826d-3cfaaa82f107 (Black Sabbath's Paranoid at 50: potent anthems of working-class strife, Sep. 16)
Годные альбомы у него получаются только при сотрудничестве с гитаристами-хорошими риффомэйкерами, будь то Айомми, Роадс или Уайлд. Остальное время - гонка за звучанием, что в год выхода "на повестке дня".
I never properly listened to "Black Rain" or "Scream", found that he lost a lot of his quality ever since, say, somewhere between "Ozzmosis" and "Down to Earth". It makes me think that his creativity depended a lot on his guitarists. Randy Rhoads delivered much of the power we get with the first two albums. His death meant a new direction for the compositions that Jake E. Lee brought with "Bark at the Moon", and even when he was a limited musician when compared to Rhoads, his touch helped create a very unique atmosphere for Ozzy. For some reason, "The Ultimate Sin" felt a lot less inspired, thus I believe that Jake has given everything he had to give on his debut. Later, the band featuring Zakk Wylde developed once again its particular sound. I'm not an expert, but it's easy to recognize the way he works on his "trembling" guitar, sometimes to such point that his technique becomes irritating. Yet, "No Rest for the Wicked" even today feels a very good record...
But, just like it happened with Jake E. Lee, the following album featuring Zakk Wylde, "No More Tears", seemed way less powerful than what was brought before. His technique soon became too obvious for the ears, and if it wasn't for ballads like "Time After Time" and "Road to Nowhere", songs that define well this period for Ozzy, this work would be a mix up of the very same thing. "Ozzmosis" also has its moments with "The Ghost Behind My Eyes" and "See You on the Other Side", but, on the same way, it feels like exceptions that you find in his albums post the nineties. Being a fan of his music since I was a kid, it's the first time I properly put myself to listen to Down to Earth, and, just as I expected, there isn't much beyond "Dreamer" and "Gets Me Through". What I mean is that it feels to me that Ozzy loses some of his inspiration on each of his releases, what leads me to think this has to do with the influence credited to his guitarists, that end by growing tired over the years.