Former Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan returns with his second solo album, but anyone expecting the polished melodic rock of his former band will be in for a shock. Instead, Sheehan demonstrates his all-round musical ability with an album of contrasting genres punctuated by thick grooves and chunky riffs. Six songs feature Sheehan on vocals, and while it’s fair to say that the veteran of the David Lee Roth Band is a master of almost any instrument, singing isn’t his forte. Instrumental albums are never the most exciting affairs, and Sheehan just about manages to avoid being entirely self-indulgent. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that the progressive rock of Cosmic Troubadour is for the die-hards only.
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