Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth
Label: Warner Bros.
Reviewer: Nermin Habib - 2012-09-05
Highlights: China Town, You and Your Blues, Stay Frosty
A Different Kind of Truth is Van Halen's 12th studio album, and their first in 14 years. To begin with, this reunion seems forced, something put together with realization and hastened concern over one's mortality.
That having been said, had Van Halen only produced records of jungle sounds (which is close to what “Van Halen III” sounds like), this album would probably be considered more of a comeback rather than just a reminder that Van Halen is still around the area. Despite there being a lot of controversy surrounding the re-formation of the band (i.e. the exclusion of Micheal Anthony) and the album's musical content, I am going to pass up on the cheap shots (nepotism/rehashed songs) and focus on how this album is a shit load better than the best Doom Metal band.
Alex and Roth were the most reliable and enjoyable musicians on this album. Eddie stayed the same more or less and Wolfgang was unremarkable despite being born with a brand name scorched onto his dick. Though, what can you expect of someone prematurely thrust in the vaginal sauna that is Van Halen?
Musically, while Eddie does manage to impress with the eclectic amount of licks that he can come up with (even though the solos are lacking, per usual), there is something that does not completely sit well with me. The lyrics seem awkwardly assembled by Roth as if reluctantly attempting to arouse a haggard hound dog.
However, it is clear that in some instances, Van Halen are attempting to roil the cocaine collecting at the bottom of the Rock n' Roll snow globe.