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Black Rain by Ozzy Osbourne
Released: May 2007
Label: Epic
Billed by Ozzy himself as the first album he's ever recorded sober, Black Rain kicks off with the promise (or threat, depending on who you are), "Not Going Away." His voice may be more processed than an android posing as Cher at this point, but this is the best batch of songs the guy has written in years. "I Don't Wanna Stop" is almost "Over the Mountain" and "Black Rain" is almost "Electric Funeral." Okay, that's not even close to being true, but the sludgy riffs and lumbering half-tempos are Sabbath-y enough to erase that whole duet-with-Miss-Piggy thing. Well, almost.
Mike McGuirk