VAN HALEN'S 'A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH' & OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

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Despite the multi-platinum gluttony of the Sammy Hagar era, true Van Halen devotees have never been in any doubt about who they want to front their favourite band. Some 28 years after “Jump” and “Hot for Teacher,” David Lee Roth has squeezed back into his old spandex pants, his lascivious yelping at last reunited with legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s nimble-fingered pyrotechnics. In truth, this would have to be a dismal affair to fail to outstrip 1998’s scorned Van Halen III, but once the DLR-related euphoria dies down, A Different Kind of Truth is a frequently thrilling return. These songs crackle, fizz and bulge with priapic exuberance, and not just due to the reliably demented Roth. Seemingly inspired by the presence of his 20-year-old son Wolfgang on bass, Van Halen is on extraordinary form, whether churning out sumptuous grooves on “Tattoo” and “Big River,” or gleefully setting his fretboard alight on “China Town” and the bug-eyed “Bullethead.” Against the odds, the party metal kings are back and blazing. Fun times.Guardian

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