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Album Review

Sammy Hagar took it easy on 2006's Livin' It Up! — maybe a bit too easy, styling himself after Jimmy Buffett's beach bongo, keeping things at a slow-rolling boil. It was a strangely appealing switch-up but it's not a big surprise that the Red Rocker returns to roaring guitars on its 2008 follow-up, Cosmic Universal Fashion. Here Sammy chases after his faded adolescence through the rose-tinted "Loud" and a cover of the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right to Party," while bitching about fuddy-duddy fathers on "Switch on the Light." The electronic bluster of the opening title track shows that Sammy is at least trying to live in the moment instead of always leaning on the past, however, and although the slick "I'm on a Roll" threatens to boogie right off the tracks, at least it feels more age-appropriate. This is all relative, of course, as this is the guy who's still churning out grunge songs like "Peephole" when he wants to seem modern, which helps make the Little Feat-flavored blues "When the Sun Don't Shine" — the song closest to Livin' It Up! — easily the standout here. "When the Sun Don't Shine" is so effortlessly charming, it suggests that this is the road Sammy should travel these days.

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Red Rocker invites all to turn up the music

After 4 decades in the 'biz, anyone could forgive Hagar to be winding things down. However on CUF, he displays no sign of turning the amps down. The title track is a witty piece of social commentary, set to a rocking stomp of noise. The 2 Planet US tracks are more heavier and relentless than anything Van Hagar ever produced, and LOUD should dominate all upcoming sporting telecasts for now on. A great mix of Van Hagar meets the Cult. Hagar also demonstrates his adaptability on tracks such as 24365 and switch on the light, summonsing his innermost James Brown and could be mistaken for Kid Rocks older devious uncle in the latter track. Hagar has been long critised for his work, and unfairly blamed for his work with the disfunctional brothers VH Inc, however, with long time pal Anthony and trusty band of musical mates, the Red Rocker is having the last laugh. CUF is a great record, a great legacy of Hagar's work, and gives proof to the theory that this guy maybe one of, if not the, most underated rock vocalists of all time. CUF and a collection of songs that suggests that he is not finished by a long shot. Turn up the music!


Born: 13 October 1947 in Monterey, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After spending several years as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the mid-'70s hard rock band Montrose, Sammy Hagar began a solo career that produced several hits and made him an album rock favorite. Hagar became a true star once he joined Van Halen in 1985, but he'd been a popular hard rocker ever since his first album with Montrose. After giving up a boxing career, Hagar began singing in the late '60s, performing with various California bands including Skinny, the Fabulous Catillas, Justice...
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