Sound — 10
It was 1979 and Ozzy Osbourne was looking to start a band for his solo career. Ozzy heard about a guitarist named Randy Rhoads and asked him to audition. After playing a few scales while warming up, Ozzy stopped Randy and gave him the job immediately, saying Rhoads' playing was like "God entering my life." We can hear exactly what Ozzy was talking about. Randy Rhoads played a unique style of metal in which he mixed classical scales and techniques with metal riffs. The results are orgasmic to the ears. Blizzard of Ozz is known for producing some of Ozzy's most well known songs, including Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley and Suicide Solution. The guitar work in the album is absolutely amazing. Crazy Train features one of Randy's greatest riffs and solos. His solos, based on classical scales and featuring one of his greatest skills, tapping, are a highlight of the album. The album has an extremely dry sound, and the guitar shines through this. Among the album's highlights is Randy's classical playing. The songs Goodbye to Romance, Dee, and Revelation (Mother Earth) are prime examples of Randy's classical playing. On Goodbye to Romance especially, Randy shows his skill at created a fast classical base guitar solo. Dee, a tribute to Randy's mom, is a 50 second acoustic song that is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard. A two-pronged metal guitarist, Randy skill also shows in his writing of pure metal riffs. Even the simplest of riffs can be quite difficult to play. Randy utilizes harmonics, feedback, bends and exceptionally fast licks in his riffs. I Don't Know, Suicide Solution, No bone Movies and Steal Away the Night aare based on classic Randy riffs. The rest of the band is excellent as well. While not the best of singers in the technical sense, Ozzy Osbourne is a god at metal singing. His powerful chanting along with Randy's guitar playing drives the majority of the songs. Ozzy can also change his voice to sing ballads, as evidenced in the songs goodbye to Romance and Revelation (Mother Earth). Lee Kerslake does a good job behind the drumset and keeps everthing moving right along. The album's production is pretty poor, and the album doesn't sound like it could have sounded, but this doesn't stop the music from being amazing
Lyrics — 9
The majority of the lyrics on Blizzard of Ozz were written by bassist Bob Daisley. Suicide Solution arguably contains Daisley's most controversial lyrics. The lyrics, which deals with Ozzy's alcoholism, caused a 14 year old to commit suicide after many listens. I Don't Know talks about how people look up to Ozzy like he is someone who has the answers to everything. The two ballads, Goodbye to Romance and Revelation (Mother Earth), have exceptional lyrics. Others are not very good, such as the pornography song no Bone movies.
Overall Impression — 10
Blizzard of Ozz stands as one of the greatest solo metal albums of all time. Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley are metal classics, and the others and also amazing. The album contains some of metal's greatest guitar work and shows the excellence of Randy Rhoads. The production is poor, but this is a must have for any metal fan.