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1.1984-A keyboard instrumental. Not one of the bands best IMO. 3/5
2.Jump-The bands biggest chart hit. Not really one of my favorites other than the solo of course, but it's hard to deny the impact it had for years. 4/5
3.Panama-Another one of the bands most popular songs. This one of the more hard pop rock songs the band did. 5/5
4.Top Jimmy-One of the most underrated Van Halen songs IMO. It's a hard rock song with some hints at pop rock with it's hooks. This one is probably my favorite.5/5
5.Just a tad below Top Jimmy. A underrated cut here. Really long solo at the end. 4/5
6.Hot For Teacher-Probably the band at it's best right here. This one flirts into metal.5/5
7.I'll Wait-This is the band at it's most pop. Atleast in the DLR era. It's a ballad filled with keyboards and a restrained but good solo. This shows the band can do what alot of bands can't.. Make a good keyboard filled song. 5/5
8.Girl Gone Bad-This is the band returning to more of it's hard rock roots. Very little pop here. Good solo's as the comes and goes in the song. 5/5
9.House of Pain-Not one of my favorites, but it's probably the hardest rocking song on the album. 3/5
You might ask how this album can get 5 stars with 4 of the 9 songs getting below 5 stars. The fact is that even the lower rating stuff is good, and all the great songs are just that good.
This is IMO the band finally getting to where it wanted to go. They spent albums going back and forth below hard rock and more pop rock type of albums... But the band puts together it's album with both hard rocking tunes and big pop hits. This is where Dave and Ed finally meet in the middle.
It's actually my 3rd favorite album behind Van Halen and Fair Warning.
Was there a direction that Van Halen was taking with MXMLXXXIV (1984)?? Maybe, I have NO idea, and wouldn't care if they were. I hear so many opinions as to what it all meant and how it predicted in various ways Dave's departure and as far as I'm concerned, WHO CARES?? The album is just a great example of 80's rock from one of heavy metal's best.
Now the debate will rage for as long as Van Halen fans still draw breath about David Lee Roth vs Sammy Hagar...I fall somewhere in between. LOVE them BOTH (however Sammy is better in concert and after having MET them both, Sammy again was much better to talk with--Dave was pretty much consumed with his favorite topic: himself) and do NOT wish to extoll the virtues of the first-half of Van Halen's career over the second-half with Mr. Hagar--I just enjoy good music, and let's face it: '1984' delivers not just good music, but GREAT music--oh, and it has also managed to stand the test of time very well...not an easy task for a hard rock band from any decade.Read more ›
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All tracks sound amazing, If you're a Van Halen fan,
this is a must have.
I rocked this on cassette when I was 15 the year it came out. Wore it out, bought another, wore it out. What can I say it's a great album. Read morePublished 4 months ago by speedythecat
(My opinion) Van Helen's best album.
Remastering it only makes it better.