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People criticize Sammy for bringing this band too much into the pop realm, but the truth is the stage for that was already set on the previous album "1984"--the last Roth album. This album just continues the direction that was started then--and it is carried off masterfully with one of the best hard rock voices of a generation.
Make no mistake about it--this album still rocks. The opening track "Good Enough" indicates that. "Why Can't This Be Love", while a top 5 single, is still for sure a very rocking track. "Get Up" is very hard and fast-paced. Then comes a true album highlight, the keyboard-heavy "Dreams". What an awesome soaring anthem with great melodies and a lovely sentiment. Too heavy in parts to really be called a ballad--especially at some of the guitar solo points. "Summer Nights" is also a classic rock anthem--very melodic with a "good time" feel.
The rest of the album is also high quality, although the last track "Inside" is a bit strange. Still like it, though. For sure, "Best Of Both Worlds" and the title track are great rockers. "Love Walks In" is the one true power ballad of the album--a truly fantastic melodic effort where the keyboards and Sammy's vocal range dominate. All in all, this is a fantastic effort that belongs in any '80s rock fan's collection. One of the best albums from one of rock music's best eras.
Hagar is about 10 years older than Eddie, so here VH began to write from a deeper and more adult perspective than was typical even during 1984. Ed looks noticeably older as evidenced by the band photo, as though his alcoholism had finnaly caught up with him at the age of 31. But regardless, the band sounds anything but stagnant as was clearer on OU812 and Balance. This is certainly an inspired effort.
"Good Enough" says welcome to the new VH. Listened to from a lighthearted, fun 80's perspective, the song is enjoyable. "Why Can't This Be Love", is an upbeat, if somewhat cheesy synth based tune. "Get Up" finds Sammy strutting in the vein of his father who was a pro boxer. It's very motivational in both a cerebral and physical way, if tiresome due to the near constant double bass pedal drum beat. On "Dreams", Sammy finds himself within his new band, hiting the high notes with greater ease than Roth could. A great use of keyboards by Ed. The first guitar solo is interesting, and the second solo punctuates the lyric: "And in the end on dreams we will depend/Cause that's what love is made of". "Summer Nights" is the best rocker of the album. Ed's Steinberger has a searing growl. The riff right before the chorus is very cool. This is a typical VH girl chasing song, but with less sleaze than Roth would give.Read more ›
To be sure, I like Roth-era Van Halen as well, but what's not to love about an album like "5150?" Most of the songs on it rock, and every single one is catchy and very good. The guys all sound rejuventated and raring to go, perhaps more musically well-rounded than before. The production is pumped up and pristine, with searing, creative guitar work by Eddie, spot-on drumming by his brother and heartfelt vocals by Hagar. I always felt this album was an instant VH classic, and that feeling hasn't changed all these years later. Sure, there may be a touch of '80s cheese sprinkled here and there, and some of the songs are more pop-oriented than before, but again, so what? Overall, "5150" is a nine-song gem that should be included in everyone's rock 'n' roll collection.
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Hey Music people
David lee roth is not Sammy hagar and Sammy hagar isn't david lee roth I love dave and Sammy both had their moments but lets be honest
David was a showboat and a jerk eddie was worse devolving into a moron who thinks hes vanhalen News Flash eddie Michael and Sammy where important get off the high horse you wanna have your kind around have him open the shows
1 Good Enough
3. why cant this be love
4 Best of both worlds
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CD was scratched and skips on a couple of songs. But it was cheap enough that I didn't bother sending it back.Published 1 month ago by TheRedOne
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