Van Halen, Diver Down (1982)
It’s funny when you love a band so much and your favourites change. Or you just reevaluate the whole catalogue – as I have been doing a lot lately with Van Halen. I can’t say this was always a favourite album, but maybe it was something of a guilty pleasure. Certainly, I loved Cathedral before I even knew what it was called – there’s some stunning guitar work on this record. You go to Van Halen albums for that I guess, particularly the first few. But there’s really some innovative stuff on here. And some good covers. And some decent originals too. Maybe it’s a slight comedown after the relentlessness and breakneck pace of four albums in as many years and epic tours in support of them. But I like it. And I like it more now if anything. So much so I had to re-buy a copy of this – because I owned it once long ago and had figured I only really needed the two most obvious diamond-selling VH albums on vinyl. I was wrong about that. Very wrong.
Sample Track: Secrets
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