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A Different Kind of Truth [Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD]

Van HalenAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (830 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 (February 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B006UG90RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (830 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tattoo
2. She's The Woman
3. You and Your Blues
4. Chinatown
5. Blood and Fire
6. Bullethead
7. As Is
8. Honeybabysweetiedoll
9. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
11. Stay Frosty
12. Big River
13. Beats Workin'

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Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD containing four acoustic performances. 2012 album from one of the most popular Hard Rock bands of all time, their first album with vocalist David Lee Roth in 28 years and their first studio album in 14. A Different Kind Of Truth is also the first album to feature Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, who replaces original bassist Michael Anthony. The album finds the band updating their sound but retaining all the Van Halen trademarks that have made them Rock icons.

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511 of 582 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
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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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138 of 169 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
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
I've seen them live and wanted to hear what they would sound like with David Lee Roth coming back to the band. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joe42096
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like it
Published 10 days ago by Dwayne D Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 21 days ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars VAN HALEN IS BACK!!!!
I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!! I listened to "Bottoms Up" today and this album. Did anything they did with Sammy sound like VH II or Women and Children First or Fair Warning or A... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of TERRIBLE!
WOW! It was a painful experience trying to make it all the way through this cd. But as you know, Most of what you are hearing on this album are old Van Halen demo song's redone to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Decapitated Plaything
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen
There is a Van Halen song, that's just great I heard once. Don't know the name of it but it was done by Roth. I thought the song may have been off this album, but no such luck. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kem
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe Eddie's best guitar work since "Fair Warning"
I believe Eddie's best guitar work since "Fair Warning", or "1984". As for Dave's singing, No Comment! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Malkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great record!
Thank you, Van Halen, for offering this album on vinyl record! I still listen to this record over two years since the album's release and it's one of my favorite VH albums (right... Read more
Published 2 months ago by B2L
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Dave is back!
It's the album they should have produced in 1986. Sounds like old school Van Halen. I think dave wrote some of these songs in the 80's and has been holding on to them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by stevonaz
4.0 out of 5 stars "Different" is actually more of the same
Black Sabbath, Anvil, Judas Priest, Rush, and now Van Halen: Five groups that, for most all intents and purposes, probably should not even be around today, as they all formed at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Stutheit
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Yes, the mix is not so great. Van Halen has never had great mix on their albums. It was either too muddy or too shallow. I don't know why they even bother to have a bass player if he is so low in the mix. I think Eddie mixes the albums at his own studio 5150. Maybe years of playing loud and... Read More
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I never said a band has a say in what kind of case/packaging a CD has. :)

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