Sammy Hagar will release Cosmic Universal Fashion November 18th. This album is straight Sammy, guitar and all. The album also marks the first release for Loud and Proud, which is a RoadRunner Records imprint. Cosmic Universal Fashion is nice and heavy - with a definite nod toward the Montrose days. The album features Michael Anthony, Billy Duffy, Matt Sorum and Billy Gibbons! One listen and I was hooked.
- Cosmic Universal Fashion
- Psycho Vertigo
- LOUD (Featuring Matt Sorum and Billy Duffy)
- Fight for Your Right to Party
- Switch On the Light
- When the Sun Don't Shine
- I'm on a Roll
There's a good reason track number five looks familiar. Sammy does a fine job covering the Beastie Boy's signature tune. When Sammy Hagar played Rock the Bayou, he closed his set with "Fight With Your Right to Party" - and it fit. The song fits here, too. Of course, Sammy juiced it up a bit and made it less rap and more rock - as it should be, natch.
Overall, the guitar work on Cosmic Universal Fashion is strong. Heavy in quite a lot of places, but not overpowering for the artist. That said, "LOUD" is probably my favorite song on the CD. Sammy doesn't need the help of Matt Sorum or Billy Duffy, but their presence is a nice touch.
Mellow Sammy is here, too. "When the Sun Don't Shine" sounds a little country. Sammy likes to dip his toe in the twang waters from now and then. "When the Sun Don't Shine" is probably my least favorite track on Cosmic Universal Fashion. I prefer the heavier side of Sammy, but I appreciate his effortless ability to cross over to many genres.
As you would imagine, "Dreams/Cabo Wabo" is a remake of the song he originally sang with Van Halen. Cosmic Universal Fashion gives the tune the live remake treatment. The addition of the live track means stage banter which I can always do without, but this is my only real complaint about the album. "Dreams" itself is a decent song - it was never one of my favorite Van Halen tunes, but it serves a purpose. Naturally, the crowd sings along loudly. That's par for the course at any Sammy show. I'm not sure where or when the track was recorded. Cosmic Universal Fashion is delivered in an environmentally sound digipack - that means "no booklet/no waste." The digipack sent me to Sammy's official website - but the credits page for Cosmic Universal Fashion doesn't seem ready. No matter - we'll figure it out soon enough I'm sure.
If you're looking for a solid rock record, I'd give Cosmic Universal Fashion a shot. This isn't Sammy Hagar's career defining moment, but the rock is still damn good.
Here's the video for the album's title track. It's a modern remake of the concept for Van Halen's "Right Now." It also features our friend Michael Anthony.