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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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When the Mayan Civilization predicted that something big was going to happen in 2012, they meant the return of the Mighty Van Halen!!! Stay Frosty!!!

Best VAN HALEN ALBUM SINCE FAIR WARNING!!! Click if you agree!

Finally it's here, and it was well worth the wait!!! I can't believe how heavy it is, and trust me that's a good thing. These guys are definitely not slowing down as they're getting older. It's almost like they're 18 again. It's just so refreshing to hear this kind of stuff again from rock that is really lacking in today's music. There are a few bands like ALTER BRIDGE , BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and rock newcomer REAGAN BROWNE that are carrying that flag proudly, but not much. VAN HALEN RULES THE WORLD AGAIN PEOPLE!!!

A Little Off

This album just feels a little off, while I like the hard edgy sound of albumn there is just no melody to any of it.


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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