Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas: Sammy Hagar (vocals, guitar); Vic Johnson (guitar, background vocals); Jesse Harms (keyboards, background vocals); Mona (bass, background vocals); David Lauser (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Roy Rogers (slide guitar); Ivory Johnson.
Recorded at Blood Bank Studios, Mill Valley, California. Includes liner notes by Sammy Hagar.
Engineers include: Mike Clink, Jesse Harms, Bob Daspit.
Personnel: Sammy Hagar (vocals, guitar); Victor Johnson (guitar); Roy Rogers (slide guitar); Jesse Harms (keyboards); Mona Gnader (bass guitar); David Lauser (drums); Ivory Johnson.
Two weeks after he celebrated his 53rd birthday, Sammy Hagar released a millennial solo album whose title was also his date of birth. Backed by the five-piece Waboritas, Hagar conjures up 11 tracks that balance his hard-rocking tendencies with a more introspective side. For every "Shaka Doobie (The Limit)" that's about the mother of all hangovers, there's the equally raucous "Serious Juju" that addresses the bad economic and ecological problems facing the planet.
Elsewhere, the guitar-driven strut "Protection" is a Libertarian anthem, while "Let Sally Drive" is a pedal-to-the-metal car song that uses Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" for inspiration on the chorus. Breaking up this battle between brain and brawn are a number of power ballads that find the crimson-haired Californian getting in touch with his Inner Red Rocker. "Little Bit More" chronicles a couple's love slipping between their collective fingers, while "Deeper Kind of Love" dips into a bottomless well of the knid of love that can often be a double-edged sword. Best of all on this impressive album is the irresistible "Tropic of Capricorn," the perfect soundtrack for anyone striving to escape life's rat race.