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SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
SPACE BETWEEN
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
BMG
GENRE:
MELODIC HARD ROCK
"Let's hope The Red Rocker doesn't end his career on this fiasco !"
NEWF - 11.07.2019 -
Sammy Hagar is a fascinating character, the kind of guy to whom everything seems to smile if he decides to. Sammy wanted to be a rock star, he was. With Montrose, first solo and then with Van Halen, he sold millions of albums. Everyone on the rock planet knows The Red Rocker and its warm and rocky voice. Born poor, Sammy wanted to become rich, and he became rich, thanks to a strong business acumen. He was as successful in producing bicycles and sprinklers as spirits and his restaurant chain has been thriving for over ten years on the west coast of the United States.

A paragon of the American dream, Sammy Hagar, almost 72 years old, with rock still pegged to his body, does what he wants when he wants, at the risk of losing his audience. While classic rock fans were mourning Chickenfoot's break, Sammy formed a new super band in 2014, the aptly named The Circle, designed to close the 50-year career loop by playing live the hits of the red rocker, all periods combined.
As usual, Sammy has surrounded himself by hiring the faithful Michael Anthony on bass, Vic Johnson on guitar and Jason Bonham on drums. Initially The Circle was not intended to record a studio album. But Sammy Hagar felt he had something to say and composed what he considered to be a concept album about money, or rather about greed, which for him is the source of all the evils of our society. This is the eternal problem of multimillionaires born on the street. At one time or another, they express the strange need to buy a conscience and give lessons. Nevertheless, let us credit Sammy Hagar with his sincerity, in view of his philanthropy and his many actions in the service of American charities.

Did that make it worth a whole album? That is the whole point. Musically, "Space Between" has as much interest as a taco served at Sammy Hagar's Red Rocker Bar & Grill. Quickly swallowed, quickly forgotten and quite faded. The tracks "Devil Came To Philly" and "Full Circle Jam" sound like unfinished demos. "Wide Open Space" and "Hey Hey" are acoustic ballads without any inspiration. The classic rock songs 'Free Man' and 'Bottom Line' are archaic and totally dusty. And what about 'Trust Fund Baby' which, although very effective at first sight, is only a recycling of Montrose's riff from 'I Got The Fire', which appeared on the 1974 album 'Paper Money'.

"Space Between" is only saved from the shipwreck by its rhythm section. Even if Michael Anthony has been playing the same bass lines for forty years, he remains terribly effective and his choirs are still as bright ('Can't Hang'). As for Jason Bonham, he is the worthy son of his illustrious father and his work on drums is remarkable ('No Worries'). Apart from this positive point, "Space Between" is of little interest. Especially since Sammy Hagar is only really good when he is worn by a great guitarist. This has been the case in the past with Ronnie Montrose and Eddie Van Halen and more recently with Joe Satriani. But The Circle doesn't have the magic of Chickenfoot and Vic Johnson only does the minimum on this album, splitting small shy solos with very few exceptions ('Bottom Line','Trust Fund Baby').

If "Space Between" had been a simple disappointment, we could have accommodated it. On the other hand, the feeling of being rolled in the flour by a nonchalant Sammy Hagar, short of inspiration and negligent towards the listener, is much more unpleasant. Let's hope The Red Rocker doesn't end his career on this fiasco. Joe Satriani recently opened the door to a reformation of Chickenfoot. Let's hope that Sammy Hagar hears him because he urgently needs a real composer to support him.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/sammyhagar/

VIDEO

SIMILAR BANDS

VAN HALEN, CHICKENFOOT, SAMMY HAGAR, RONNIE MONTROSE

TRACK LISTING

01. Devil Came to Philly - 2:35
02. Full Circle Jam (Chump Change) - 3:38
03. Can't Hang - 3:57
04. Wide Open Space - 3:46
05. Free Man - 4:20
06. Bottom Line - 2:43
07. No Worries - 3:27
08. Trust Fund Baby - 4:15
09. Affirmation - 3:20
10. Hey Hey (Without Greed) - 2:51


LINEUP

Jason Bonham: Batterie
Michael Anthony: Basse
Sammy Hagar: Chant
Vic Johnson: Guitares


TAGS:
Easy Listening / FM, Groovy, Jam, Old School
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TORPEDO - 11/07/2019 09:41:43
Complètement en accord avec la chronique de Newf. Par contre, c'est écoutable donc ma note sera moins sévère.
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