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Van Halen's first album since 1998—and the first since 1984 with original singer David Lee Roth—redelivers a band that still outrocks the competition. Former bassist Michael Anthony is missed for his backing harmonies, but Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang sufficiently holds down the bottom end. The mix is drier than vintage Van Halen, but Eddie still rips heavy riffs ("China Town," "Big River"), and Roth sounds glad to have his old job back. "She's the Woman" is one of several tunes written for the band's '70s demos that scored their record contract. "Bullethead," "Outta Space," and "As Is" keep up the momentum, with Roth back to being a self-mocking hard rock singer out for a good time. Eddie warps some classic riffs and tones for "Honeybabysweetiedoll" and "The Trouble with Never." Overall, it's three steps in the right direction and far better a reunion than those of other bands of Van Halen's vintage. The deluxe version includes The Downtown Sessions, videos of acoustic performances of "Panama," "Beautiful Girls," and "You Are Your Blues." 

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Great, but not a "reunion".

The album is solid from start to finish. It should have been titled "Van Halen 1.5" because that's exactly where it could fit into the chronology.

Notably absent though, is Michael Anthony's backing vocals. Say what you want about the man, he's an original member and without him this is not a true reunion.

Not re-inventing the wheel

Good stuff but nothing new here. " She's the Woman" sounds a lot like "She's My Machine," "Bullethead" reminds me of "Mean Street" and "As Is" reminds me of "Loss of Control." Its not as over the top as DLR's solo stuff. Eddie seems to be using more guitar effects too but I still LOOOOOVE it. The tone. Mmmmmmmm. Welcome back guys. Dont make me wait another 30 years.

Gimme something to write on man.

I like to think this album is "high velocity folk music". It's a combination of religion and hockey.


Formed: 1974 in Pasadena, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what the electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. It was wildly inventive and over the top, equaled only by vocalist David Lee Roth, who brought the role of a metal singer to near-performance...
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