I have been listening to the new Van Halen album while working and exercising to slowly get my head around the fact that there is a new Van Halen album with the old (or should I say old-ing) Van Halen.
I have to admit that I really enjoy the album. It is without question a Van Halen album. Eddie Van Halen is still the undisputed champion of hard rock guitar. There is no one on the planet that even comes close. There are many times while listening to the album that I find myself shaking my head in disbelief hearing Eddie rip yet another shocking run. Alex and the young Wolfgang round out a really great rock band.
Now, that brings us to David Lee Roth. There are moments on the album where DLR is his old self belting out lyrics just like back in the day. Then there are the moments when he sounds like me trying to sound like the 70’s version of DLR or Robert Plant (insert funny comment from the wife here). If my ears are working correctly (and at high volumes, I think they are), it is possible to hear the order in which the songs where recorded. I have a feeling DLR’s voice is just a little rusty on the songs where he sounds a bit off. It is clear to me that with practice, he can regain complete control of that insanely fun and powerful voice.