A Different Kind Of Truth
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A Different Kind Of Truth

February 7, 2012

Song Title
She's The Woman
You And Your Blues
China Town
Blood And Fire
As Is
The Trouble With Never
Outta Space
Stay Frosty
Big River
Beats Workin'

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  • Label: Interscope
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  • Total Length: 49:58
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  • ASIN: B0071T5PN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (820 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,012 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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509 of 580 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1984 it's not... it's more like 2012! February 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is the album Van Halen has wanted to make for over 10 years, even after all the infighting, the firings, the lead singer switches, David Lee Roth "re-joining" the band for a moment in 2000, and then again for a year or two in 2006, bassist Michael Anthony vanishing from view and replaced by Eddie's son Wolfgang, and meanwhile brother Alex Van Halen just keeps beating away on the drums... you know, it's only So Cal rock and roll, but they like it. And it's a formula that worked for all those years, so why not try it one more time? This is the result.

This is a short (and priced to move) album of "new" songs, so in that spirit I'm going to review this quickly, but if you know me, it never works out that way. Enjoy...

13 songs at just over 50 minutes:

1. Tattoo - from right off the jump, the sonic jet crashes into your ears. The Van Halen of old has landed, and David's somewhat older voice still soars over the destruction of guitars, drums and synths. This song reaches into my heart and grabs it, as it's friggin' Van Halen, man! This rocked so hard, and the ending just quietly silenced itself. Great song either way. It was number one the second it was released, and to be sure it's just a prelude of things to come on the rest of this album.

2. She's The Woman - according to an article by Rolling Stone magazine, this song sounds like an old unreleased song of theirs called "Down In Flames" from 1977. Sure it does, but who cares? It sounds fresh and loud and once again, it rocks! It's like 1983 all over again, and I can see 10,000 Camaros blaring this album - and this short song - out all over America this summer. This is a great rocker for sure!

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195 of 239 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded Expectations February 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Van Halen is my favorite band of all time. I'd say my two favorite albums are VH II and Fair Warning. I have been waiting for this for 16 years since they released those 2 new songs off the Greatest Hits package. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

When I heard Tattoo, I was slightly discouraged initially. It wasn't what I was expecting, however I liked the song. But I kept the faith, and refused to bash the band like many others who heard Tattoo and discounted the rest of the 13 songs on the album without even a listen. Man oh man, and does the rest of the album kill! Each and every song following Tattoo are extraordinary songs. Van Halen have returned to form and given us their most aggressive album ever. And to the nay sayers who are complaining about them re-working old unreleased songs, so what? They are THEIR songs that were UNRELEASED for a reason. They were unfinished in the form they were in. I can't understand why a band isn't allowed to use their OWN material that THEY wrote and never released officially. Would you rather other writers come in or Van Halen to sound more modern like Nickelback or have Eminem come in and rap in the middle of a song? Quit complaining and thinking you can tell one of the greatest bands in history how they should sound or make an album. That's why they are Van Halen and you are you sitting in your mother's basement with a negative attitude. If you actually listen to the album, it is, IMO, their best since Fair Warning.

Stand-out tracks for me are: Chinatown, As-Is, She's the Woman, Trouble with Never, Stay Frosty, Outta Space, and Big River. However, each and every song is stellar. Even Tattoo which, when listened with the rest of the album, grows on you like a nice mustache.
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133 of 164 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Talent, Low Inspiration February 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'll open this review by saying I realize I'm in the vast minority with my rating. (As of this writing, less than 20% of the reviewers have given the album three or fewer stars.) My hope is that people will understand I'm sharing my open-minded opinion of the music and won't thumbs-down the review just because it doesn't align with their own opinions.

First, the good...

I'm absolutely impressed with how well each individual band member has held up over the years. In terms of technique and chops, I don't think Eddie has flagged one bit; his riffs and solos are just as clean and blazing as ever. Diamond Dave's attitude remains fresh and slightly obnoxious in the way VH fans like myself enjoy, and although he's not screaming and squealing orgasmically as much as he did in the late '70s, he doesn't come across as a watered-down version of himself like so many singers do when they're well past their prime but trying so hard to believe they've still got it. What can I say about Alex? While he's not showing much flash--nor does he need to--he still lays down the bedrock well enough. What really surprised and pleased me is how well Wolfgang slid into Michael Anthony's slot. He's got a smooth vocal upper range and his playing is like a clock, the perfect foil to Eddie's fretboard pyrotechnics. Wolfie even shows off a bit of technical complexity here and there without stepping on anyone's toes. The kid definitely has musician's blood in his veins.

Now the not-so-good...

Like everyone else reading and writing these reviews, I was completely pumped in anticipation of this release. Michael wouldn't be part of the project, which was a bit of a bummer, but we all saw that coming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Is Anybody Listning ?.......
Is It Just Me..or is the production of the CD Sound mono......I'm a halen fan and think this is a good album...but really Folks... it's not the best recording......fail !
Published 5 days ago by D. Goodsell
4.0 out of 5 stars good
slamming songs here
this is the only van halen i own
heard hot for teacher and jump on a friends record when i was a teen
and this new record by van halen's kids is... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kevin William Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This is an album for VH lovers, especially DLR. The big mistake they made was with Tattoo. It is catchy, but the lyrics kill the song. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kerilr
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Back!!!
What a tremendously (and unexpectedly) strong return from Van Halen!! After spending so many years as a Journey wannabe band with Sammy Hagar, they finally return to their vicious... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen return
It took too long to arrive, and there is some "holes" (like it was "pierced", or something like that) on the backcover and booklet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Devil's Child
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen fans should enjoy
I don't listen to as much music as in the past, but I am a long time Van Halen fan and have enjoyed this album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Slinker
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasntly Suprised
I bought this album just to add to the collection more than anything, but ended up liking it in its own right. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Mullikin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet can't wait for next one
This is one of thier best albums ever. Pretty heavy, the boys are at thier best. Can't think of any other rock album in the last 10 years that kicked ass like this.
Published 2 months ago by Cpdross
5.0 out of 5 stars Like they said they would !
They delivered on their promise to return to " Rock Us" unlike other 1970's and 80's peer groups ( are you listening Aerosmith. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Corleone
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
It's a good álbum, but far behind 1984 or fair warning....Dave's voice is so so, and I miss the Excellent bass player Mr Michael Anthony
Published 3 months ago by Carlos Federico Chapur
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