New Van Halen Album - Pretty good
Date: January 11, 2012 12:36AM
It might be a rehash of mostly old tracks but overall it's far better than I thought it would be. Here's my review
Yu've all heard this one - not a bad groove, would have been better later in the album
2. She's The Woman
This should have been the kick off. Old time VH feel, great rocker with DLR on top form
3. You and Your Blues
Surprisingly laid back. Probably the coolest VH track I've heard. killer solo - didnt think Eddy had this sort of thing in him
4. China Town
This seems another oldie - a bit like Running With The Devil, big riff and big vocals. Wolie does a great job on this one.
5. Blood and Fire
I'm On Fire 2. Fast paced rocker with classic VH sound. Solo could have come from any of the first 2 albums
Another Full on rocker. Hot For Teacher drum beat. A bit ordinary.
7. As Is
This was a real surprise. Could be Hagar era VH. Melodic, slower, understated in many ways. Best track on the album.
Don't like this. More bubblegum DLR solo than VH. Skip
9. The Trouble With Never
Another 'ballad'. Solid but a bit safe.
10. Outta Space
Outta Love more like. It has that groove to it.
11. Stay Frosty
This is another I think ive heard before. Women and Children first feel to it.
12. Big River
Another huge riff and classic Eddy fast solo. DLR on top form
13. Beats Workin'
Similar feel to She's A Woman. A great ending to a better than anticipated album.
Overall, miles better than I thought it was going to be, a bit safe in places but DLR and Eddy seem back in the right place.
Maybe I will go see them.