Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cosmic Universal Fashion

Sammy HagarBorn to Rock/Built to Last!

So it says over at Sammy Hagar's website, I'll be damned if it ain't true. The red rocker's newest studio album came out two days ago and it's chock full of gritty Hagarness. Cosmic Universal Fashion is Sammy's 11th studio album to date. Not to be confused with albums from his stints with Montrose, Van Halen, or the Waboritas.

Mrs. Homercat has said on many occasions that Hagar is the best rock n roll vocalist of all time. According to her, he has the kind of voice that sends shivers down your spine and gives you the chillbumps. I tend to agree with her on this one. Although I lean towards Daltrey and Zander as the best, I gotta say that Sammy may well be on his way to taking over the top spot in my book also. Think back to one of his earliest crunchers like Rock Candy(Montrose), or Van Halen's Seventh Seal which positively gives me the chills his voice is so good. Just listen to 24365 off his new album and you gotta go damn, that is one helluva classic rock n roll voice. In fact Sammy's in great form sounding better than ever. One could almost describe Hagar as a sort of modern-day hard rockin' Jimmy Buffet, and has definitely earned his place in rock n roll history as one of pop-hard-rock’s premier front men who not only has an ample, strong, belting vocal range with soulful melody and tone, but his duality as a formidable lead guitarist and monster guitar-riff-monger puts him in a league shared with few others in terms of versatility and overall right to rock.

I could go on and on about the career or the new album so just a couple more things before folks get tired of reading this. Cosmic Universal Fashion began when a friend gave Hagar a basic track recorded in Bhagdad by an Iraqi musician named Steven Lost. An online collaboration began between the two and thus the first track on the album was born. Guest musicians abound on the album, most notably Hagar side kick and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Hagar and Anthony single handedly won the best sportsmanship of the year award in 2007 when Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were nothing but gentlemen about being snubbed by their former Van Halen band mates when they weren’t invited to participate in the band’s reunion tour, and yet they were the band’s sole representatives at VH’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. They handled both with good humor and professionalism even though they were both ex members and the current members couldn't be bothered to show up. Class Acts both.

Finally, before we get to the sample from this album, I'll say it's been a pretty good year for rock n roll. Last year I almost couldn't fill up my top ten albums of the year, and this year I've got multitudes of candidates. That being said Cosmic Universal Fashion will make that list, which also means someone else is getting bumped off that list, sorry Metallica, but you just got bested by the Red Rocker. 61 Years of age and over 35 years in the biz and Sammy Hagar is still kicking ass and taking names. Homercat highly recommends this album if you like balls to the wall rock n roll. You won't be disappointed. And this song kicks ass!

Loud by Sammy Hagar
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