11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge contains plenty of Van Halen’s rambunctious hard rock, perfect for party time. The double entendre-laced “Poundcake” leads off the album, bursting with Eddie’s power-drill screams and Sammy’s hurts-so-good howls. But the band also flashes a serious side: The tight, punchy piano rocker “Right Now” urgently addresses the ills of modern society, and “Pleasure Dome” is a sci-fi-tinged examination of celebrity decadence built with dizzyingly complex harmonics and inspired by jazz fusion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge contains plenty of Van Halen’s rambunctious hard rock, perfect for party time. The double entendre-laced “Poundcake” leads off the album, bursting with Eddie’s power-drill screams and Sammy’s hurts-so-good howls. But the band also flashes a serious side: The tight, punchy piano rocker “Right Now” urgently addresses the ills of modern society, and “Pleasure Dome” is a sci-fi-tinged examination of celebrity decadence built with dizzyingly complex harmonics and inspired by jazz fusion.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
156 Ratings
156 Ratings
maidenfan15 ,

Amazing

Van Halen never lets me down! There's not a bad song on here! Best song is Right Now.

Ed Prete ,

For Unlawful, Forever

This album really brought it up a notch when Sammy was at the helm of Van Halen. This is probably the best Sammy era album and in on par with any Roth era album in my opinion. This proved to the world Van Halen not only survived a bad breakup/marriage, but still had what it took to put together a masterpiece of a album perhaps even trumping some of the own previous accolades. While much more commercial than any previous recording, Van Halen found an incredible amount of success and wealth in this chemistry.

-RyanK. ,

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Van Halen went back to some of the harder edge stuff with this album its one of my favorites

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