Van Halen A Different Kind Of Truth Review

By SharkBoy SharkBoy

A Different Kind Of Truth, 2012 Van Halen

~3 out of 5

Bottom Line

  • Songs Writing - Songs are just ok. Not sure I am hearing any number 1 hits. Not singing any of these songs in the shower
  • Musicianship - Very Good. Eddie is opening a big can of whoop ass. Lots of very sick solos. Some of Eddie's best playing on any album. No holds barred shredding all over the record.
  • Production - Good, what you would expect from a major label release
  • Overall - I am giving it a 3 out of 5 stars. Not the best Van Halen album but not the worst. The worst would be Van Halen III. This is much better then that horrible turd. The more I listen the more I like it though. I may upgrade the rating later but this in my initial reaction.


I guess you can call me a pretty hard core Van Halen fan but so are most guitar players born after 1978.

Eddie Van Halen, the most influential guitar player since Jimmy Hendrix. A single person that forever changed the face of guitar. I guys who's licks are impossible for even experienced professional guitar players. Yea, they will say "Bunch of soulless metal bullshit"... but inside they know Eddie is bad ass and they suck. Whatever, no need to rank on the grooveless masses of classic rock and "alternative" guys who are too cool to practice.

We are here to talk about a new Van Halen album. A real Van Halen album not a Van Hagar record but a record that includes the Van Halen brothers and David Lee Roth.
We are missing Michael Anthony . He has been replaced by Eddie's son Wolfgang.

Some may ask, is Van Halen really Van Halen with out Michael? Maybe. I am sure many bass players and fans will notice the missing piece but for the rest of us, probably not that big a deal. I know a few die hards who are like "F*ck Van Halen" because they are fundamentally opposed to the idea of him not being in the band. I wish DLR and Michael would move past their issues but I guess some things are just not meant to be.

Just so you know. I don't hate the Van Hagar stuff. I's just that is was never really Van Halen to  me. It was some adult contemporary over produced watered down version of Van Halen that was not the same to me. Even so they did create many great songs in the Hagar years. Lots of great guitar playing and overall good musicianship buried in there.

Around a year ago Eddie and Alex went on tour with DLR with Wolfgang standing in on bass. I was lucky enough to see one of the concerts and was very impressed. You can see that the dudes are getting older but they where still one of the best bands I have ever seen live. Eddie was unbelviable. DLR was ok. I think it was just cool to see them together again. Kind of like seeing Kiss with the makeup on.

Fast forward to Feb 2012 and a new Van Hanel record with the same line up hits the web (and the dusty shelves of the hand full of remaining music stores).

A different kind of truth is a hard rocking album. If you where expecting to here some shredding, and love Eddie and Alex you will like if not love this record. If you are looking to here some hit songs like "Jump" with all kinds of gay keyboard parts this record is not for you.

Song By Song

To be continued...

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