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Okay, I like guitars. Eddie is an epic guitarist. I play Eruption in my head when I am bored or I need to wake up and don’t have access to coffee. Eddie plays Eruption on his guitar. There is no bad here. So when I went to review the new release from Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth, I thought it was going to be an easy post.
I was so wrong.
Look, I am all about finding great music and passing it on to other people. It’s possible that I might be just a tiny bit addicted to the rush I get when I hear an amazing song for the first time and the music just washes through me and lets me ‘feel’ the sound as much as I hear it. I just wish more of this album had made me feel that way.
There are some great tracks. China Town is pretty awesome. This song reaches out, grabs you and slams you against the wall as if to say, ‘HEY, LET’S ROCK-NOW’. The guitar is still classic Eddie, but somehow even more so and Dave just rules the world on it. It’s my favorite track from the album.
I also like the blues flavor and Dave’s phrasing on Stay Frosty and love The Trouble With Never for its heavy bite and hard edge. As Is starts off with booming drums and blasting guitars but then abruptly backs off the intensity and kind of turns into Sweet. Yeah, I don’t get it either but it makes a wild 70′s sound that is pretty cool.
Die hard fans of the band will probably disagree, but I thought the other tracks were kind of ‘meh’. None of the remaining songs match the awful of Tattoo, but none of them is anything extra special. This doesn’t make it a bad album, but it isn’t a great one either.
A Different Kind of Truth is scheduled to release Tuesday, Feb 7th. You can pick it up at all the usual online vendors but you may want to buy a hardcopy for Dave’s handwritten and illustrated liner notes.
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