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Balance

Van HalenAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what the electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. It was wildly inventive and over ... Read more in Amazon's Van Halen Store

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  • Audio CD (January 24, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: January 24, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • ASIN: B000002MUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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1. The Seventh Seal
2. Can't Stop Lovin' You
3. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
4. Amsterdam
5. Big Fat Money
6. Strung Out
7. Not Enough
8. Aftershock
9. Doin' TIme
10. Baluchitherium
11. Take Me Back (Deja Vu)
12. Feelin'

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No numeric or anagrammatic puns in the title of album #11, a sure sign that a new chapter is opening for these monsters of '80s rock. The band's formula has been polished to a blinding gleam here by producer Bruce Fairbairn, and there's a formidable mix of radio cuts (the first single "Don't Tell Me," "Can't Stop Lovin' You"), boneheaded rawk numbers ("Amsterdam," "Big Fat Money") and towering, cinematic epics ("The Seventh Seal," "Feelin'"). --Jeff Bateman

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Import pressing of their 1995 album. Out of print in the US. Warner.

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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sammy Hagar era VH album March 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that a full decade has passed since the release of Van Halen's "Balance," one of the more underrated albums' in VH's catalogue. Although there were a lot of great bands popular in 1995--Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine--it was still refreshing to have a kick-ass new Van Halen album out. Although "Balance" was released in the days of grunge and alternative rock, it still managed to sell over two million copies.

"Balance" takes up where "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" left off, but the music is overall heavier, and has more of an edge. Gone were the synthesizers and more pop oriented songs that that were prevalent in the first two Van Hagar albums. "Balance" rocks hard like its predecessor, but it is also somewhat darker. I take the general theme of the album to be the loss of a relationship, or going through a major life-change, and then getting back in "Balance."

The band sounds very focused and tight. Bruce Fairbain did a great job of getting the best out of the band and gave the CD a tight, crisp production. It goes without saying that Eddie's playing is terrific and each song has one or two killer solos. Mike and Al provide a killer rhythm section as usual.

The album begins with the hard hitting "The Seventh Seal." It starts with an atmospheric Buddhist chant leading into the song. This is a really cool, heavy dark song with an almost hypnotic riff. "Can't Stop Lovin' You" is a balled in the vein of "Why Can't this be Love," but doesn't have the dated, cheesy keyboards. "Can't Stop Lovin' You" is about the breakup of a relationship, not the hope of one as it is in "Why Can't this be Love.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!! April 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Despite what people will say about Sammy Hagar in Van Halen the truth of the matter is that they put out great albums. I'm not going to say that I'm a bigger Dave fan or a bigger Sammy fan, the truth of the matter is that I'm a Van Halen fan, meaning Eddie, Alex, Mike, Dave, Sammy, or Gary. I honestly love all Van Halen there isn't one song I can say I don't like. But out of the Sammy Hagar era of the band next to 5150 Balance is the best album. First off the production on this album is a lot better than the two previous albums (For Unlwaful Carnal Knowledge and OU812). The band also sounds tighter on this album, Eddie's guitar sound is a lot better than it's been in years, Alex's drums are more solid, Mike sounds great, bass playing and his signature background vocals, and Sammy Hagar's voice is still excellent. It's just a shame that this was their last album together. For the most part the songs on Balance are straight forward hard rock. The album kicks off with The Seventh Seal, this is a great rockin track with excellent lyrics. The sugar coated semi ballad first single, Can't Stop Lovin You is next, don't let my description throw you off, it's a great song. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do) is next, again don't let the title throw you off, this is one of Van Halen's heaviest song to date. The party rock song Amsterdam is next, once again this is another great song, the band sounds awesome. Big Fat Money is another joke song, but it's awesome, great guitar parts. Of course what would a Van Halen album be without instrumentals, there are three on Balance, Strung Out, Doin' Time, and Baluchitherium. Read more ›
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but kind of a letdown October 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Balance" was an album I absolutely hated when it first came out in early 1995. Grunge/alternative was in full swing and I expected Van Halen to deliver some good dumbed-down arena rock to take me away from all the plodding, whiny, self-important tripe being put out in that era. Instead, I got Van Halen's most intellectual album to date, with a lot of moody pieces that seemed to be trying to mimic the climate of the times. Over time though I grew to like it somewhat, although I think it is still pretty low on my list of favorite VH albums.
Ironically, the two songs that qualify as dumbed-down arena rock, "Big Fat Money" and "Amsterdam" are actually the weakest on the album. Musically, "Amsterdam" is an excellent (if predictable) VH song, but the lyrics - "Wam bam, oh Amsterdam, stones you like nothing else can" - pure poetry there, Hagar. And "Big Fat Money" is just plain lame on all levels. Van Halen proved they could do quasi-speed metal with "Get Up" from "5150", but this is just a sloppy mess. In press interviews for promoting this album Hagar described "Big Fat Money" as "this album's `Panama' or `Why Can't This Be Love'," but let me tell you, he was just plain WRONG.
"Can't Stop Loving You", as the title suggests, is equally trite but this one works well. It's unashamedly pop, with a chime-sounding guitar tone similar to Def Leppard's later work.
Keyboards are intentionally low key here, with only the organic ballad "Not Enough" getting a bit of piano treatment. "Not Enough" is hardly the best ballad VH has ever done, but it's at least a nice change from the synth-heavy stuff they had been churning out since the "1984" days. "Take Me Back" is another stripped-down ballad that works well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mature Music
Considering the band was already fighting and close to breaking up when this was recorded, it turned out to be a fun cd to listen too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maui Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Balance is a phenomenal effort from a phenomenal band. You might have to listen to it a couple of times it will grow on you. my favorite release of the Sammy era
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Scott Ball, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Hagar Finds Its Balance. Sort Of.
One of the least loved in the Van Halen discography, "Balance" came at a turbulent time in the band's storied career. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Estes
1.0 out of 5 stars Early Van Halen Only Please...
I can't take Sammy Hagar...I bought it for the collection, but I gotta tell ya, the first two van hagar albums are fine, but the rest that follows sucks... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Douglas V. Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i grew up listening to this album is my top 3 favorite albums still today i would recommend this to everyone!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I am glad I bought this album. Love every song on the album. Good jams from a top grade band.
Published 8 months ago by Donald J. Koller
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Van Halen's best work but to a fan an essential part of the...
Not Van Halen's best work but to a fan an essential part of the collection. Weird cover art. To a Van Halen fan an essential part of the collection.
Published 9 months ago by Xenon 6
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer CD!
Love this CD! I remember when it was a new release. This was the only tour I did not see Van Hagar on. Too bad no live cd of this tour. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Terrell39
2.0 out of 5 stars Really?
For me, VH started much heavier...the beginnings of the songs entranced and enthralled you to continue to listen, despite lyrics which were still great, that rivaled some great... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ONE FROM VAN HALEN!!!!!!!!
BALANCE is a great album from VAN HALEN....It's the last with Sammy Hagar's vocals, with HEAVY ROCK pearls like THE SEVENTH SEAL, AFTERSHOCK, AMSTERDAM and the huge hit CAN'T STOP... Read more
Published 12 months ago by FLUMINENSE
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