I was tempted to rate this as my second favorite post Van Halen album after Marching To Mars but the more I listen to it the more I like it. I’m going to move this to the top of my list. It’s bluesy and it rocks. Sammy still has a great voice and the energy reminds me of his older albums. His backing band the Waboritas rock hard and sound good.
The songs are full of hooks and are really catchy. While I can’t pick one I don’t like I think some of the better ones are “Things’ve Changed”, “The Big Nail”, “Not For Sale” and “The Big Square Inch”. These are my favorites but I like everything so much it’s futile to point out any one song over another. I haven’t liked so many songs from one album in a long while. Maybe part of that is the lean length of the album. I think it’s refreshing to have a CD that isn’t 20 songs with only ten that are any good.
I enjoy the lyrics, most are the usual mix of socially conscience message songs and his laid back aging hippy shtick. There always seems to be a song about Karma on his albums. If I have one complaint with Sammy’s lyrics it’s his tendancy to rhyme a word with itself but that’s a small gripe.
If you like Sammy Hagar or used to like him or just think you might I would recommend this as the album to get first.