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Review/ Sammy Hagar: "Cosmic Universal Fashion"

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Go ahead, yuk it up, but if albums were 3 songs in length this would be the best hard rock album of the decade thus far. Not to be outdone by whatstheirfaces from his old band, the 60-year-old blockhead/slut still thoroughly enjoys yelling “Everyone havin’ a good time?!” at thousands of people at once (okay, hundreds – hockey stadiums aren’t going to be the default venue for yelly spandex-guys, or anyone else, in this economy), and so he must.

With no Eddie tut-tutting his every facial twitch, Hagar has a lot of fun with this, and sometimes (“24365”) it becomes almost like a mash of every song that ever caught his ear, for example in the chugging, bony, title-track opener, when it sounds for a second as though he’s going to bust into “I’m a Loser.” “Psycho Vertigo” is an outstanding ripoff of “Dazed and Confused,” while “Peephole” is clear evidence that he’s at least aware of bands like Candlebox.

So anyway, those are the 3 songs I alluded to earlier; the rest of this lovingly crafted scam is sexy grunge-funk from the late 80s, exquisitely moronic hell-yeah-ing, and anything that might fit between the two.

By Eric Saeger

Homepage: Sammy Hagar
Homepage: Roadrunner Records

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