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Sammy Hagar didn't just change Van Halen's vocal direction; he altered the band's attack on a molecular level. Sure, this album title is silly, but the songs herein are straightforward and serious, tight and furious (where the band had once been loose and free under the frontman shenanigans of David Lee Roth). The rhythm section of Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen ensures that everything sizzles with outsized flash. However, Eddie Van Halen's lead work becomes a more careful weave: not restrained, but always within context. Even the strangulated notes opening "A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)" set up the template for the remainder of the song. The synths of "When It's Love" and "Feels So Good" bring out the group's pop smarts and Anthony's integral role as backing vocalist. "Cabo Wabo" is Hagar establishing his hard rock presence with an extended jam. A cover of Little Feat's "A Apolitical Blues" is the most straightforward blues the band has ever performed.

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Excellent album and a new direction..

I remember being 21 years old in '88 and glued to my radio the moment I heard the first single that was released from OU812, "When It's Love" sounded like VH had more great material left over from the fantastic 5150 album, and new material that took them in a new direction, but still maintaining that signature sound. A great mix of hard edge and softer sounding tracks, the album has it all.. from "A.F.U.(All Fired Up), to the bluesy "Finish What You Started", "Feels So Good" to the laid back, "Cabo Wabo", OU812 is one of my favorites, & being a longtime Van Halen fan of both the Roth years and the Sammy Hagar years, I will say that I had to let this particular album grow on me at first after listening to it many times, I give it an enthusiastic five stars.

Don't be put off by the childish reviews.

The album is great and there are some amazing songs here. Both Hagar and DLR are great. Best songs are When it's Love, Feels So Good and Black and Blue. BUY!

6 Good Songs

The six songs that are good are: Mine All Mine, When It's Love, Cabo Wabo, Feels So Good, Finish What Ya Started, and Black & Blue. I can do without the rest to be honest. Song for song, if you like Van Halen with Sammy Hagar, then you should get 5150 which is good from start to finish.


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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