I have always like Ozzy since his days in Black Sabbath, yet I have never found him to be the best songwriter. With that being said Ozzy has always surrounded himself with people who are talented writers and musicians such as Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, and Zakk Wylde to create a great CD. This time around I was not looking forward to this release as much since Zakk is no longer playing with Ozzy.The debut of 29-year-old Greek guitarist Gus G, does not disappoint.
Scream kicks off with the song "Let It Die". This tune starts off with a sludgy slower tempo and doesn't really hit you until after the guitar solo and Tommy Clufetos begins hammering away on the drums and the guitar riffs kick in. Next up is the CD's first single "Let Me Hear You Scream". Not one of my favorite tracks, but it has had success at radio and will be a great song performed live. "Soul Sucker" slows the tempo down but gives us some great guitar work from Gus G. I usually don't have a problem with Ozzy's ballads but for some reason "Life Won't Wait" does nothing for me, and definitely one of my least liked tracks. "Diggin Me Down" starts off with an acoustic guitar, but kicks in with style that reminds me of Metallica. "Fearless", "Crucify" and "Time" are songs that will not be played in my iPod. "I Want It More" and "Latimer's Mercy" are two songs where I dig the music, but not the vocals. To end the disc is "I Love You All", which I am not even sure why they wasted a minute of CD space for it.
Gus G's playing is so much like Zakk Wylde, that if you didn't know any better you would think Zakk was still doing the guitar work. Ozzy deserves credit he has played with some of the greatest guitarists in history. You may not like "Scream" your first time through, but after your second I believe you will find yourself really getting into this CD.
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1. Let It Die
2. Let Me Hear You Scream
3. Soul Sucker
4. Life Won't Wait
5. Diggin' Me Down
9. I Want It More
10. Latimer's Mercy
11. I Love You All