Friday, 24 February 2012

Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth (2012)

Genre - Hard Rock


01 – Tattoo

02 – She’s The Woman
03 – You and Your Blues
04 – China Town
05 – Blood and Fire
06 – Bullethead
07 – As Is
08 – Honeybabysweetiedoll
09 – The Trouble With Never
10 – Outta Space
11 – Stay Frosty
12 – Big River
13 – Beats Workin'

Mr. David Lee Roth returns to the Van Halen fold after an absence of, well just too many years, but is the resultant album worth the wait? Can it possibly live up to their pre 1984 exploits?

Well in short yes. . A Different Kind Of Truth is a great mix of that 1984 style of writing with a whole load of “the rest of their career” thrown in for good measure. It’s a very, very well thought out and clever album indeed. But if the rumors are true then that may be down to the fact that most of this album is made up from old leftover outtakes from years ago, so technically, Eddie and Dave haven't really written any new material, just polished off some old ideas, but all the same it’s a great album!

Eddie delivers what the fans of each of his incarnations of the band have come to expect over the years with a splendid ease. David Lee Roth's vocals seem as good as they have ever been, fitting somewhat awkwardly over the top of the instrumental works just as they did in the old days.

I have never really been a big fan of Van Halen, do not know why, I just never clicked with them, and to be honest I do prefer Sammy Hagar as a vocalist, but this album just seems to click together well. Production wise it is a sterling job, but for some reason this album tends to remind me of Wolfsbane in their more polished moments!

Stand out tracks for me include:

You And Your Blues, She's The Woman, Bullethead and China Town

Worth checking out!

Rating 9/10

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