Saturday, March 2, 2013

Album 365: Day 144 - Van Halen - Balance

Van Halen

Favorite tracks: The Seventh Seal, Amsterdam, Aftershock
Sleeper tracks: Can't Stop Lovin' You, Take Me Back (Deja Vu)

My friends and I really played the crap out of this record.  It came out in January and I'm pretty sure we went and got it the day of release.

One thing I can say about the brothers Van Halen: They don't really lose chops and energy as they age.  Alex seems to get better as he gets older.  The drums on this record are pretty fresh and are fun to listen to.  He does some things that I never heard in previous recordings.  Ed's playing was also not as predictable as previous albums.

There are songs I will go back to on this record.  There are also songs I won't try to listen to again.  The whole 'Ed playing a piano by fucking around with the strings' is kinda stupid.  You're not avant-garde man.  You're Eddie Van Halen.

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