Review of Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth

 

Welcome to another one of Shady’s Corners. This time I review the latest CD from Van Halen titled A Different Kind of Truth.

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Van Halen CD - A different kind of truth

Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

I’m Shady, and this is Shady’s Corner.

New disc, which came out in early February, 2012

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth. 13 new songs from the band at around 50 minutes.

I am a huge Van Halen fan… both the David Lee Roth era, and the Sammy Hagar days. This band is in my top 10 of all time favorite bands. This disc comes 17 years after Balance, Sammy’s final studio disc, and 28 years after 1984, Roth’s last studio album with the band.

Van Halen fans… will love it. I loved it.

This disc continues the Van Halen rock tradition – rockin songs throughout the whole disc

Like it would be a continuation of the David Lee Roth era, as if no time had passed, although you can tell on some songs as his voice isn’t quite as strong, but still has power.

Eddie, rocks. Guitar work is awesome. Every song features a great guitar riff from Eddie. I believe that if Eddie ever had Lost it… on this disc, he found it again.

Alex – same drumming which is of course really good

Wolfgang, Eddie’s son… not really Michael Anthony, but hey… this disc is reminiscent of classic VH

Starts with the song Tattoo, which has had some controversy – some people like it, some don’t. i like it, but its definitely not the strongest song on the disc…

My personal favorites are She’s the Woman, Blood and Fire, As Is, Honeybabysweetiedoll, Stay Frosty, and Big River.

Blood and Fire has the feel of “come back” and Roth even states this it in the middle of the song as he speaks the words “Told ya I was coming Back, Say ya missed me, Say it like ya mean it.”

Stay Frosty is totally a throw back as is similar in feel to “Ice Cream Man”. Starts acoustically with just a guitar and very well done singing from Roth. Then it pumps in with heavy guitar and drums. The middle of the song is typical Van Halen with awesome guitar and drums. This is one of my favorite songs on the disc.

They stay true to form with a typical Van Halen double time song. Actually there are two on this disc, Bullethead and As Is, but I prefer the As Is song. Very much like Hot For Teacher. Low rumbling guitar starts the song slow, but then it picks up and rocks double time.

What I love about this disc is the rawness of the music… a throwback to VH1, VH2 and Women and Children First.

It’s 4 guys, 3 Instruments and vocals. No synthesizers, keyboards, sound effects.

One slight, and I mean slight, disappointment… the early days of Van Halen would include a remake of some kind, You Really Got Me, Pretty Woman, Dancing in the Streets. This disc has none. Not a big deal, but it would have been nice.

Overall, a strong comeback for Van Halen, David Lee Roth revisited. This disc is worth buying as almost every song is a great addition to your VH collection.

I give this 4 1/2 flaming skulls out of 5.

I’m Shady, Let’s ride.

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