Thursday, January 26, 2023

Van Halen: 5150 (Day 26 of Albums: 365 Mkll)


(Connection to previous album: Mick Jones was the guitarist of Foreigner.  He produced Van Halen's '5150'.)

Happy birthday Edward. 

This is a great, great album.  I didn't like it as much when it came out but I've really learned to love it and appreciate the importance of the record.  The song '5150' is one of my top 5 favorite VH songs. The chorus is a real joy.  'Summer Nights' (the first song Sam and Ed wrote together) is another hooky track.  Even the keyboard songs that people made fun of back when this came out are really good.  They're Ed's songs and he had some great musical ideas.  Sam's melodies and vocals were a perfect fit.  Van Halen would NOT have succeeded with Roth staying in the band. So, thank the rock Gods for this era of VH. 

Songs: 3.5 Ds

Performance: 3.75 Ds

Influence: 3.5 Ds

Overall: 3.75 D's

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