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The ugly truth about A Different Kind of Truth

By Hannah Betler
On February 20, 2012

 David Lee Roth is back on board for A Different Kind of Truth, Van Halen's first album since the dawn of the 20th Century.

After several years of playing lead singer switcheroo, which included Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth and Gary Cherone, Roth was back for Van Halen's 12th studio album.

The revised group goes as follows: Davie Lee Roth as lead vocalist, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bass guitarist Wolfgang Van Halen.

A Different Kind of Truth is the band's first full album with Roth in 28 years.

The question most people are asking with this baffling reunion is will the band members make it work this time, or will they absolutely kill each other? Aside from Eddie's 19-year-old-son, Wolfgang, the band members are much older now and in all actuality this could produce more demand for future tours and performances.

Will Eddie Van Halen be able to strum the guitar as effortlessly as he did over 30 years ago? Is Roth at 57 going to be able to pull off the extreme and perfect vocal range he once did years before? Many critics and fans are wondering if Van Halen is past their prime.

A Different Kind of Truth kicks off with "Tattoo," a track that doesn't exactly have fans raving. It's probably the worst on the entire album. Maybe after replaying it over and over, it may start to grow on fans, but it's highly doubtful. "She's the Woman" is a bit more appealing to the ear with strong guitar parts and Roth's velvet voice.

"Beats Workin" is one song that could've been completely left off the new album. "Big River" and "Blood and Fire" both have guitar solos by Eddie that exhibit his earlier talent. The album gets its name from a line in the track "Butthead," probably one of the more favorable songs. The same menacing sound can be heard in the track "As Is."

A Different Kind of Truth would be better if half of the songs on it were axed. But for the most part, the 13 songs, with a combined length of 51 minutes, weren't a total failure. Getting a band back together after 28 years is a challenge in itself.

So even if half the album was a bust, Van Halen still deserves some credit, and this does include giving some to David Lee Roth.

Van Halen is one of the greatest bands of rock history, despite all their debacles with band members. They are allowed to have a few nagging beats and unsatisfactory lyrics in their comeback album.


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