A Different Kind of Truth
With David Lee Roth back at the helm, this is the first Van Halen album in 14 years and the first with the band’s original lead singer since 1984.
It’s also the first album to feature Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, the 20 year old son of guitarist Eddie and nephew of drummer Alex. But none of that would matter if the album was not good – in fact that would all be very sad.
Remarkably A Different Kind Of Truth is not only worthy of being in the Van Halen canon, when the dust settles it will stand as one of the band’s greatest records.
Eddie Van Halen is one of very few electric rock guitarists to create his own lexicon – and he is still pushing sonic boundaries. Brother Alex has a huge drum sound – it’s ominous. And Diamond Dave is still sparkling, his sly humour is on display and his voice has held up brilliantly. It is, of course, a big dumb rock album. But it would be upsetting if it wasn’t.
It will also be one of my favourite albums of 2012 I’m sure of that already.