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Multi platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar releases his first album since 2000. 'Cosmic Universal Fashion' marks the first official release for Loud and Proud Records.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud Records
  • ASIN: B001FSDOZE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Over the years since Sammy released "Cosmic Universal Fashion" I have been meaning to write a review of this rather wretched album, but just never got around to it. If you follow Sammy and you haven't gotten around to getting this disk, well, no worries. This record should be WAY DOWN on your list of albums to buy from the Red Rocker, or for any other rocker for that matter. I've been a Sammy fan for decades, and to say this album is mediocre is an understatement. Like Dylan's "Under the Red Sky", Sammy has adorned "Cosmic Universal Fashion" with some heavy hitting talent, and just like "Under the Red Sky" none of the admittedly remarkable talent are able to rescue this wreck of an album.

The biggest problem with "Cosmic Universal Fashion" is simply how disjointed the album is, as well as its brevity. Honestly, the album sounds like a clearing house for outtakes before Sammy moves on to his next project, or perhaps a contractual filler like "I Never Said Goodbye". Unlike the 1987 "I Never Said Goodbye" album (recorded between Van Halen's "5150" and "OU812" purely as contract filler), this album never moves above even passable.

Since 1996 with the Van Halen firing/quitting (depends on who you ask), Hagar, who Eddie Van Halen said didn't have much of a work ethic, has put out SIX albums since that not so acrimonious split (1997's "Marching to Mars", 1999's "Red Voodoo", 2000's "Ten 13", 2004's "Not 4 Sale", 2006's "Livin' It Up", and 2008 "Cosmic Universal Fashion"). Overall these albums had some strong material, especially "Marching to Mars". Now, Sammy after Van Halen is just like Sammy before Van Halen, with a few more ballads thrown in, so he won't be winning anyone new with these records.
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By cam5150 on January 28, 2014
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Loud and Psycho Vertigo are standouts. Some reviews weren't that great, but I felt the album was very good. The two songs I mentioned are incredible which may make the rest of the album feel weaker.
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The Red Rocker has been pretty consistent since leaving Van Halen back in 1996, releasing a new album every few years. For the most part they've been pretty good; even if they weren't classics there'd be at least a couple of songs fans of old-school 70s/80s rock would like. The hard-rocking "Ten 13" (2000) and the Jimmy Buffet-esque "Livin' it Up" (2006) were especially good. Unfortunately, however, "Cosmic Universal Fashion" (2008) is somewhat of a dud.

This isn't a terrible album, by any means--it's just that it's nothing special. The songwriting is very pedestrian and the songs, overall, have a "been there" tired feel and a cover version of the Beastie Boy's "Fight for your right to Party" is completely unforgivable (the dude can rock at 61, but covering this song is just...wrong).

The slinky "Vertigo" and a reworked, downbeat, somewhat melancholy live version of "Dreams" are cool, but apart from that, little stands out.

Sammy will rebound, no doubt, but I'd give this one a pass.
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If you like ALL Sammy, dating back to Montrose and his eclectic '70s solo catalog, CUF may appeal to you. There are songs that rock (like his '80s catalog), and some with a country-ish twang.

In the early years, Sammy had a borderline R&B influence (listen to Sam's did a cover of "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" or "Keep on a Rockin'"). Although it's nice to hear some variety, you've got to be in the mood to hear some of this. I think the same applies to the 'twang' or 'Buffet' influenced material he's put out lately.

Let's face it... If he doesn't try to appeal to a new audience (and it would appear that country is the path of least resistance), it's going to hurt our (Sammy fans) chances of enjoying future new albums or tours. I doubt any teens or college kids are rushing out to buy a 61 year-old rocker's album, so Sam's gotta expand the market with the 35+ crowd.

Give the album a couple listens before you ditch it. If you don't feel it, you have nearly 35 years of other Sammy material to listen to.

This is certainly not a one star album, nor is it a five star. I would give it a 3.5 if I could, but that's not an option on Amazon.

Keep On A-Rockin'!
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To be honest I listened to this cd once and made the choice that I did not like it. Then later I figured I would play it a couple of times and you know what, it grew on me. Sammy still rocks and this is a better rocking cd than his previous one. Some might be disappointed with this work, but if you want to complete your Hagar collection, then get this. You can't go wrong with the prices on Amazon.
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Let's get this straight, I am a long-term fan of all things Red Rocker and so this disc was a seriously welcome treat. It is more of an e.p than a new album but any new release is cool. The songs are not too bad, but well below Sammy's previous level. It is 10 times better than the 'Livin it up record but a bit 'Cheesy' on too many occasions.
What worries me most is that over the past 3 records Sammy has released, I have noticed his voice sounding more and more strained. I know the guy is 61 so I am greatfull he is still making music at all, but maybe he needs to go back to a more serious style and hit the 'I'm Sam I am' type stuff on the head a bit. I am looking forward to a return to form...
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