A Different Kind of Truth, Van Halen’s long awaited studio album – their first since 1998’s Van Halen III – was released this week. This was the band’s first full album with David Lee Roth as the singer since the legendary 1984. Needless to say, this has been a highly anticipated album.
And was this album worth the wait!!!
I know Van Halen fans can be divided between David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Just to tell you where I’m coming from, I happen to love both incarnations of the band.
Van Halen’s self titled debut album, and 5150 are two of my all-time favorite albums.
If you like your Van Halen with keyboards and ballads, this album is not for you. But, if you are a fan of old school Van Halen – specifically pre-1984 – then you will love this album. If you told me that this album was released in the late ’70s/early ’80s I may believe you. And by that, I mean that Van Halen’s work is timeless, not dated. A Different Kind of Truth is all rock songs, without a ballad to be found. David Lee Roth may seem crazy sometimes, but he really has taken care of his voice. He sounds as great now as he did 30-35 years ago! And Eddie is still bringing it on guitar. He is just brilliant. And Alex is incredible on drums. And this is the first album that Eddie’s bassist son, Wolfgang Van Halen, appeared. I thought that I would miss Michael Anthony and his harmonies. But, that wasn’t the case. He definitely has his father’s genes!
So, to summarize, Van Halen is back with a re-energized vengeance! At least until they implode again. If you are on the fence about whether to get this album or not, and you are a fan of Van Halen’s early stuff, let me give you a push, – GET IT, and enjoy the ride! You won’t be sorry.
“Tatoo” may have been the first song released from the album, but it is not my favorite on the album. Here is a list of some of my favorite songs from A Different Kind of Truth:
1. Blood and Fire
2. Stay Frosty
If you like “Ice Cream Man” from Van Halen’s debut album, then you’ll love this. It is in the same format, but turned up a notch.
3. As Is
I love this song too. I couldn’t find a full version yet though. So here is a preview: