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Rockin' sophomore effort by my favourite band!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
This review is from: Van Halen II (Audio CD)
Van Halen 1 is a monster on it's own.A record which can completely stand it's ground as one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time.Van Halen II may not be as beastly as VHI,but boy,this baby is without a doubt a kick arse hard rock album everyone's gotta have.The tunes on this one have more of a "party" vibe,nothing wrong with that since VH was known for their backstage antics.Their love to party is captured by tracks like "Bottoms Up" and "Beautiful Girls".The band dabbles into some nice pop/rock tunes like "Dance..." and "You're No Good".Then there's Halen's metal side which sounds awesomely heavy in tunes like "Light Up The Sky","Somebody Get...","Outta Love",and "DOA"."Spanish Fly" in an insane acoustic solo by Eddie.Almost like "Eruption",just not as flashy and loud but still a great tune which is one of my fav Halen solos on record.Then there's "Women In Love" which is one of the most criminally-underrated Halen songs of all time.The intro is pure genius and just tugs at your insides.The background vocals on this one simply soar and make you just want to sing along.I think it's Dave,Eddie,and Mike all singing.Like I said in a previous review,this was the only band that could combine heavy metal riffs with beautiful background harmonies without losing their edge.
VHII rocks big time and this is a must have for any hard rocker or Dave era Halen fan.A classic!