What Is The Best Van Halen Album during the David Lee Roth years?

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Re: Van Halen - Discography (The David Lee Roth Years)
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2012, 12:26:21 pm »
Van Halen (A Different Kind of Truth) 2012

Initially, A Different Kind of Truth was hovering around the 3 1/2 Star rating for me through the first pass at listening to this. But I decided to give it a few more spins to see if there was anything more than just the "oh wow, Van Halen's first album in 14 years and the first with David Lee Roth since 1984" mindset that I, along with pretty much everyone else out there is currently engaged in. The first time through, the album as a whole was kind of underwhelming and I think a lot of that has to do with such high expectations from me as well as consciously or not, comparing it to 1984 since that was the last one and was kinda looking for a "sequel", as unrealistic as that may be.

There were a couple of songs that I immediately dug and liked right away. She's The Women is a great song and very close to vintage VH as you can get. Other songs that I got right away were As Is, Stay Frosty and Big River. Now that I've had a chance to soak this up more, it's starting to really grow on me, and some of the songs that were just lukewarm have started to rise to the top. Outta Space f ucking rocks!!!!

The album isn't perfect by a long shot and there are a couple of reasons why. A) No Michael Anthony. His backing Vocals are sorely missed here. There is no getting around that. Period. B) Tattoo. Originally, I liked the song, but over time it started to wear a bit thin with me and in context of the rest of the album, it feels so alien and out of place. If there was a song that should have been dropped, it is definitely this one. But then again, I could end up coming back around and liking it again. Overtime I can actually see this album going up another half star, but it will never be a 5 Star album to my ears.

Fave Songs: She's The Woman, Blood and Fire, As Is, Honeybabysweetiedoll, The Trouble With Never, Outta Space, Stay Frosty and Big River. I will say that Stay Frosty and Big River get the albums Co-MVP for sure. Stay Frosty is very reminiscent of Happy Trails and Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now). Think along the lines of an awesome mash-up on steroids. The Album Cover is kinda cool. I like it.

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« Last Edit: February 09, 2012, 03:15:22 pm by Chiprocks1 »
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