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  • Audio CD (January 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000008K9M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This albums is full of energy and upbeat music.
"jbuilt"
The problem was, more or less, timing, rather than lack of good songs.
Daniel Maltzman
In my opinion he had one of the best voices in rock ever.
S. Miller

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Maltzman on July 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
David Lee Roth's third solo album "A Little Ain't Enough" marks something of a turning point in Diamond Dave's career, and in some ways, represents the end of an era--not just the end of David Lee Roth's relevancy as a solo artist, but the end of an era in popular music--namely 80s pop-metal.

After the "Skyscraper" world tour, Steve Vai left Dave's band (bassist Billy Sheehan had left prior to the tour) and Dave had to rebuild his band. Dave kept hold-overs Gregg Bissonette (drums), Matt Bissonette (bass), who had played on the "Skyscraper" tour, Brett Tuggle (keyboards) and added guitarists Jason Becker and Steve Hunter to record this album. As everyone knows, Becker was tragically diagnosed with ALS prior to the recording of the album and was unable to tour in support of it.

The band behind "A Little Ain't Enough" was pretty stellar. It may not have had the big names of the "Eat 'Em and Smile" lineup, but it was a good band. The Bissonette brothers provided a tight, muscular rhythm section, Becker certainly had the chops to be compared to players like EVH and Vai, and Tuggle's playing didn't saturate the album as it did on "Skyscraper." Dave himself still sounds like Dave, full of charisma and in control, blissfully unaware of the storm coming out of Seattle that is headed his way.

When ALAE was released, Roth stated that it was a cross between the first Van Halen album and "Skyscraper." While there isn't a song like "Jamie's Cryin'" or anything as good as what's on Van Halen's debut, Dave's statement makes sense. What ALAE is, more or less, is a slick, meat-and-potatoes collection of 80s Van Halen-esque rock.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "jbuilt" on November 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Some of the best lyrics I've ever heard on one of the best CDs I've ever heard! This albums is full of energy and upbeat music. The songs are so powerful and catchy and just want to make you get up and dance.
I highly recommend it, it will cheer you up whenever you feel down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Dudley on September 12, 2006
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David Lee Roth in 1991 had already done 2 (well 3 if you count 1985's Crazy from the Heat E.P.) solo albums in the form of 1986's Eat 'em & Smile (which went double platinum) and 1988's Skyscraper (which barely went platinum).

During the time between 1988 and 1991 would see Dave completely lose his backing band on those 2 releases. Enter uber producer Bob Rock who along with Roth assembled a new collection of young talents mainly in the form of guitarist Jason Becker (who would be diagnosed with ALS shortly after recording commenced and was unable to tour).

Due to Skyscraper only selling half the # of records compared to Eat 'em & Smile, 1991's A Little Ain't Enough was hopefully going to put Dave back in multi platinum territory.

The album ended up barely going gold and was pretty much universally panned by critics. The subsequent tour also saw Dave playing to mostly empty (as well as smaller) venues as well. I guess you could say that this album was the death knell to his solo career.

So, now 15 years later, is the album really that bad as critics made it out to be? Not even close.

I think what caused most people to savage the album is that it was pretty much a square arena rock album for the most part and lacked the gonzo over-the-top musicianship of Eat 'em & Smile or the synthesizer drenched soundscapes of the somewhat experimental Skyscraper.

But although it is a straigt up no frills rock album, that doesn't make it bad in and of itself.

Dave is in top form vocally on this release and the extra production sheen from producer Bob Rock shows in terms of the amount of extra female backing vocals and extra instruments in terms of horns and even a passing harmonica or two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on January 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big Van Halen fan and due to the fact that the 1st song I ever heard from them was "Jump" it solidified my status as a David Lee Roth fan. Therefore, I had to listen to his solo albums. This is only the second, album i've heard from DLR (the other being "Skyscraper" and while this one has better lyrics, I think in the music department, I think they are kind of a tie.). Here are the tracks and my thoughs and oppinions:

A Little Ain't Enough:Really good title track, some of the best solo DLR lyrics.

Shoot It:Very good beat and lyrics too it. I really like this song.

Lady Luck: This isn't a terrific song, it's kind of...Boring really isn't the word, but it's the best I can come up with.

Hammerhead Shark:This is a pretty cool song actually. It's very catchy

Tell the Truth:It's allright. It's not the best song on the album

Baby's On Fire: This is better than the Van Halen song "On Fire". It's a really good song.

40 Below:This is a good song and the lyrics are kind of funny.

Sensible Shoes:The harmonica work is pretty good but the song itself just isn't terrific.

Last Call:This song has a pretty good chorus, except the verses are kind of dumb

The Dogtown Shuffle:It's semi-good. It's nowhere near being the best song on the album,

It's Showtime:The guitar in the beginning is great,and it's a pretty good song the rest of the way through as well

Drop in the Bucket:Guitar sounds spectacular. This is one of the better songs on the album.

So, all in all, this is a pretty good DLR album. A must for Van Halen fans. B+.
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