12 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Van Halen brothers toyed with the idea of bringing back David Lee Roth. Roth sang on a few new cuts for Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1, so rumors flew that soon the original band would reunite. Yet nothing's easy in the Van Halen universe, and the band instead went with former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone for Van Halen III. The result was general disappointment from the band's longtime fans and Van Halen's least successful album to date. Clearly, the stresses around the group affected its focus. The album is the safest of Van Halen's career, sounding like it was so intent on getting it right that it lost its funky side in the process. (Bassist Michael Anthony has said the album is like an Eddie Van Halen solo album, with Ed playing most of the parts.) The dry production from Eddie and Mike Post limits the album's power. That said, there are still moments here. "Without You" has tasty guitarwork. The acoustic piano ballad "How Many Say I" features Eddie on a rare lead vocal. "Fire in the Hole" captures the band's original growl.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Van Halen brothers toyed with the idea of bringing back David Lee Roth. Roth sang on a few new cuts for Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1, so rumors flew that soon the original band would reunite. Yet nothing's easy in the Van Halen universe, and the band instead went with former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone for Van Halen III. The result was general disappointment from the band's longtime fans and Van Halen's least successful album to date. Clearly, the stresses around the group affected its focus. The album is the safest of Van Halen's career, sounding like it was so intent on getting it right that it lost its funky side in the process. (Bassist Michael Anthony has said the album is like an Eddie Van Halen solo album, with Ed playing most of the parts.) The dry production from Eddie and Mike Post limits the album's power. That said, there are still moments here. "Without You" has tasty guitarwork. The acoustic piano ballad "How Many Say I" features Eddie on a rare lead vocal. "Fire in the Hole" captures the band's original growl.

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Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
400 Ratings

400 Ratings

NDRocket ,

Be smart...

Albeit, not VH's best work. But I'm tired of people blaming it on Gary Cherone. If you say he's a bad singer, you clearly are not a musician. Gary has one of the strongest voices in rock. I personally liken him to Chris Cornell. You don't have to like this album...and as a big VH fan since the early 80's it's not my favorite either...but be musically smart with your comments. Did Cherone belong in VH? Perhaps not. But that doesn't make him a bad singer.

B Casey ,

What were they Thinking??????

If I were Eddie, Alex, Mikey or even Warner Bros records I would have just QUIT before I let this out of the studio. Crap...best discribes this CD. Gary tries so hard to sound like Sammy (not well at that) This is NOT Van Halen. We accepted Sammy into the band and he rocked. Eddie should have just called Dave...kissed and made up!

JB333 ,

What a mess!

As a huge Van Halen fan, this album belongs in the trashcan. Anybody who thinks this album sounds like early VH is on crack. Garbage.

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