Artist: Sammy Hagar
Title: “Cosmic Universal Fashion”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 11/18/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Having enjoyed a lot of what Sammy Hagar brought to the musical table over the years as a solo artist and even once in awhile during his tenure as the singer of Van Halen, I had to say that I was rather looking forward to his first solo album since 2000 – then I began to spin it. Now I know that this sounds a bit harsh but what I am getting at is that the record failed to excite me as soon as it began and I had really expected an industry veteran such as Sammy to be able to do that right from the beginning and he did not. The album is called “Cosmic Universal Fashion” and it kicks off with its quasi-electronic/dance oriented beat opening title track that made me scratch my head a little and wonder if the remainder of the album would be along the same line. A slow groove comes via “Psycho Vertigo” which while a decent tune still was not snaring me by the throat as the listener and it would not be until the third and fourth tracks “Peephole” and “Loud” that any semblance of interest and tapping toes would come to me as I played the disc at some healthy volume to get the point a little better. “Peephole” has an interesting guitar riff and comes off as a racing and twisting tune that is quite appealing but then I remembered that these two tracks were originally delivered by the “super group” he formed in 2002 with Neil Schon which essentially made them come off as covers of his own earlier work with a lot less luster. The winner comes by way of “Loud” which really would have served Sammy well had he chosen to open the new album with it. There is almost a Grand Funk Railroad feel to it ala “American Band” and it’s a track that I feel should be played louder than most of the other offerings on the release.
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