A Different Kind of Truth
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Performer: Van Halen
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Van Halen's first album since 1998 is a long-awaited reunion with David Lee Roth, who hasn't recorded with the band since its classic 1984. Here, the reunited Van Halen touch upon the past -- reviving and reworking their old 1976 demo "She's the Woman" -- but look toward the future via new rockers like "Tattoo." The deluxe edition of A Different Kind of Truth contains a bonus DVD with acoustic versions of new songs and old tunes, including "Beautiful Girls" and "Panama."
Rolling Stone (p.59) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Eddie has rediscovered his guitar and unplugged the synths....Eddie's solos have the fluency of his early Eighties playing -- it's a treat to hear him stretch out on 'Big River'..." Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[T]he speed-demon grooves on 'Bullethead' and 'She's the Woman' let Eddie Van Halen tap into late-'70s pyrotechnics and Roth indulge in his contagious sense of huckster tomfoolery." -- Grade: A- Billboard (p.28) - "[F]or all the in-fighting that's gone down between Roth and Eddie Van Halen in the last few decades, there's no denying the chemistry they share on A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH."
Van Halen rode the crest of 1970s riff-rock into 1980s abandon. Always able to produce a smile and a killer hook, their songs captured a West Coast attitude that combined Eddie Van Halen's guitar gymnastics and the high-energy antics of vocalist David Lee Roth with solid backing by bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen. Following Roth's less-than-amicable departure, the band signed up reckless driver Sammy Hagar, and their success continued into the '90s. When Hagar left after several albums, the band's fate seemed uncertain, but they soon found a temporary replacement in ex-Extreme frontman Gary Cherone.
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