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Q (1/01, p.131) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...[It] was no Van Halen I, but it has its moments. That and Alex Van Halen on the back cover with his drumsticks on fire..."117.4747

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Rolling Stone (p.95) - 5 stars out of 5 - "Eddie crammed a whole season of soap-opera plot twists into every solo, making liberal use of the whammy bar but never losing the melody."Q (8/00, p.127) - Included in Q's "Best Metal Albums Of All Time" - "...Eddie Van Halen reinvented rock guitar on his band's debut....America's favorite party band....this dazzling debut remains their trump card."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "Van Halen combined a dazzling live show with a party-hearty motto..."117.0427

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Rolling Stone (3/23/95, p.122) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...BALANCE is pro forma pomp rock--but with VH in top form, power aplenty remains in their slick machine....Gleefully, [Sammy Hagar] surfs Eddie's guitar waves, apparently getting as much kick as any fan does when they crash and tumble the studio walls--and that's a kick indeed..."93.17327

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Spin (1/97, p.89) - "They all but invented pop metal with `Runnin' With The Devil' and Eddie's merger of Bach and rock, transcended it with `Jump' and `Panama,' Sammy Hagar came and went like the dream year on Dallas..."Q (12/96, p.161) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...this collection revives some truly vibrant hard rock songs, none, ironically, better than the synth-riffed `Jump.'"81.52661

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Rolling Stone - #81 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums Of The 80s" survey. (November 1989)Q (5/95, p.136) - 3 Stars - Good - "...12 years on, it sounds fine, thanks to its ability to surprise and its dextrous, disciplined execution..."Billboard - "[W]hile it marked the beginning of a hugely successful era -- the next four VH albums would debut at No. 1 -- it marked the end of Roth's first tenure with the band..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "[T]his may have been Lee Roth's swansong, but he left on the highest of notes."81.52661

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No Depression (p.138) - "Roth gets bluegrass, and fits his arena-sized yee-haw/hee-haw between a Kentucky violin and a banjo as effortlessly as he does with Marshall stacks and feuding band members."58.2333

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Entertainment Weekly (5/24/96, p.97) - "...TWISTER careers across the land, never settling anywhere. Ballads from k.d. Lang and Lisa Loeb bump into a boisterous Van Halen chant and a perky cut from Shania Twain. The mix makes for a herky-jerky set..." - Rating: B-Q (8/96, p.128) - 2 Stars (out of 5) - "...Setting the tone are the two tracks specially written by Van Halen,...Soul Asylum['s]...poppy `Miss This'...[and] Buckingham & Nicks [with] `Twisted'--a truly dire Stevie Nicks plodder which not even Linday Buckinghams's pop genius can rescue..."1.132574

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Q (4/93, p.91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Van Halen have continued to prosper under the saw-toothed leadership of chief belter and shouter Sammy Hagar....120 minutes of prime time Van Halen from the last seven years..."1.008122

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Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "It's a sweeter take on Van Halen, bad-ass riffs, daft lyrics, but above all some eagerly buoyant delightfully memorable songs."0.8146857

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JazzTimes (p.104) - "DRAGON finds Shimabukuro in an adventurous, expansive state....An impressive effort and a thoroughly enjoyable listen."Dirty Linen (p.84) - "Shimabukuro experiments with electrification, getting his uke into the dirty/fuzzy realm populated by Hendrix and Van Halen."0.71285

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CMJ (3/13/00, p.26) - "...dizzying combinations of high voltage funk, powerful punk and frenetic ska....the music delivers like a mailman on steroids....Fishbone is as untouchable and sacred as David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen."0.71285

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Vibe (p.128) - "The group dynamic works fantastically on 'Everybody Know Me'....'Jump' uses strings from Van Halen's song of the same name, creating a wonderfully weird spectacle."0.71285

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Spin (p.104) - "Nothing on POPSICLE sounds like it was made after 1978. Which means the album's a hoot at times - a cinnamon-scented throwback assembled from the factory remnants of Cheap Trick, Van Halen, and Raspberries..." - Grade: BEntertainment Weekly (No. 840, p.89) - "...Diamond Nights gleefully plunder the sludgy sleaze-rock epoch that the Darkness and Electric Six preceded them in resurrecting...." - Grade: B0.5091786

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Spin (p.104) - "Nothing on POPSICLE sounds like it was made after 1978. Which means the album's a hoot at times - a cinnamon-scented throwback assembled from the factory remnants of Cheap Trick, Van Halen, and Raspberries..." - Grade: BEntertainment Weekly (No. 840, p.89) - "...Diamond Nights gleefully plunder the sludgy sleaze-rock epoch that the Darkness and Electric Six preceded them in resurrecting...." - Grade: B0.5091786

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Down Beat (6/95, p.58) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "Formed by defecting members of Boukman Eksperans...Haitian roots-rock...soulfully rasping tenor...Van Halen-esque guitar. They radiate their own brilliant light, energized by a voodoo rhythm section....Folk and pop fuse seamlessly.... bursting with cultural pride and percussive power even as they bewail their country's bitter plight..."0.5091786

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Rolling Stone (p.59) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Eddie has rediscovered his guitar and unplugged the synths....Eddie's solos have the fluency of his early Eighties playing -- it's a treat to hear him stretch out on 'Big River'..."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[T]he speed-demon grooves on 'Bullethead' and 'She's the Woman' let Eddie Van Halen tap into late-'70s pyrotechnics and Roth indulge in his contagious sense of huckster tomfoolery." -- Grade: A-Billboard (p.28) - "[F]or all the in-fighting that's gone down between Roth and Eddie Van Halen in the last few decades, there's no denying the chemistry they share on A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH."0.504061

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Rolling Stone (p.59) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Eddie has rediscovered his guitar and unplugged the synths....Eddie's solos have the fluency of his early Eighties playing -- it's a treat to hear him stretch out on 'Big River'..."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[T]he speed-demon grooves on 'Bullethead' and 'She's the Woman' let Eddie Van Halen tap into late-'70s pyrotechnics and Roth indulge in his contagious sense of huckster tomfoolery." -- Grade: A-Billboard (p.28) - "[F]or all the in-fighting that's gone down between Roth and Eddie Van Halen in the last few decades, there's no denying the chemistry they share on A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH."0.504061

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Q (4/02, p.122) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Their 3rd album owes much to Sabbath: 'Genocide Junkies' steals riffs from both 'Children Of The Grave' and 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath', while the title of 'Life/Birth/Blood/Doom' speaks for itself. Yet Wylde is no one-trick pony...he can play an acoustic guitar even faster than Eddie Van Halen on 'Spanish Fly'. And that's pretty damn fast."CMJ (3/4/02, p.14) - "...[known as] Ozzy's six-string co-pilot, the Wylde-man has hacked out his own identity..."0.4073429

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Entertainment Weekly (p.115) - "When the GLEE kids nail something -- like a version of Van Halen's 'Jump'...the title of this joyful franchise could not be more apt."Billboard (p.60) - "Spirited glee-club versions of Rihanna's 'Take a Bow' and Jazmine Sullivan's 'Bust Your Windows' are nice..."Billboard (p.33) - "Riley delivers the album's most breathtakingly soulful performance with 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going.'"0.4073429

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Rolling Stone - 3 Stars - Good - Ranked # 64 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums of the 80s" survey.Rolling Stone (9/19/02, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A headbanger's delight..."Spin (6/88, p.69) - "...Even the likes of Eddie Van Halen might lose some sleep over this stuff. But if you've heard Reid, you expected that. The surprise is the songs..."Vibe (2/02, p.87) - Included in Vibe's "Essential Black Rock Recordings".0.4073429

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Q (4/02, p.122) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Their 3rd album owes much to Sabbath: 'Genocide Junkies' steals riffs from both 'Children Of The Grave' and 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath', while the title of 'Life/Birth/Blood/Doom' speaks for itself. Yet Wylde is no one-trick pony...he can play an acoustic guitar even faster than Eddie Van Halen on 'Spanish Fly'. And that's pretty damn fast."CMJ (3/4/02, p.14) - "...[known as] Ozzy's six-string co-pilot, the Wylde-man has hacked out his own identity..."0.4073429

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e remains a personality first, who injects all his songs -- party anthems, boasts, come-ons -- with friendliness and fun."0.3935077

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Rolling Stone (p.60) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "They bring a proudly aggressive sass to all the heavily treated guitars -- now that they've proven they can get away with such a massive sound, they're out to see what tricks they can do with it."Entertainment Weekly (p.79) - "[I]t's Alexis Krauss' woozy vocals that are truly sublime; she sounds like a real teen dream: ethereally beautiful and totally bored." -- Grade: B+Billboard (p.32) - "[T]he hammering 'Born to Lose' and the disarmingly pretty 'End of the Line' are especially fine."Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]olling out lovestruck teen pop -- one song's called 'Leader Of The Pack' -- on a blanket of Eddie Van Halen shredding."0.356425

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e remains a personality first, who injects all his songs -- party anthems, boasts, come-ons -- with friendliness and fun."Billboard (p.45) - "[H]e spits classic rap flavor on the Snoop Lion-assisted 'We Came to Party'..."0.3372923

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Rolling Stone (p.83) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "[With] powerful examples of the greatest party band of the past twenty-five years."Spin (p.123) - "Three decent new cuts add modern sludge riffs and digital voice effects to the usual pop-metal spritz."0.2810769

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Rolling Stone (pp.67-68) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "THRILLER was MJ at his breathiest and most salacious, and his most beautifully fragile....[A] work of genius."Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.98) - Ranked #20 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...There was a time when he was truly the King of Pop. This is it..."Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The 80s" survey.Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.98) - Ranked #20 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...There was a time when he was truly the King of Pop. This is it..."Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The 80s" survey.Entertainment Weekly (p.64) - "[A] masterpiece....THRILLER was a collection of songs that cohered as the statement of a young artist proclaiming his freedom..."Q (1/03, p.56) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"Q (1/00, p.138) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The music stands undimmed by time....delivers some of the greatest ever pop-soul-dance-whatever...hardly a weak moment, and still no one goes 'aow' quite like Michael Jackson."Q (1/03, p.56) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"Q (1/00, p.138) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The music stands undimmed by time....delivers some of the greatest ever pop-soul-dance-whatever...hardly a weak moment, and still no one goes 'aow' quite like Michael Jackson."Uncut (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]racks like 'Wanna Be Starting Something' remain slabs of total pop, whose genius should never by obscured by a blizzard of sales stats."Vibe (12/99, p.164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th CenturyVibe (12/99, p.164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th CenturyBlender (Magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's genius....This is a profoundly quirky and omnivorous R&B mash-up, making room for hard-rock guitar and soft-serve balladry."The Word (magazine) (p.113) - "[A] magnificent helping of pop history, due in no small part to Quincy Jones's immaculate production."0.2782519

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Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.112) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (6/6/02, pp.75-6) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This album shows the band just absolutely in love with rock and dedicated to upholding its form and spirit....weird in the most palatable, respectful way possible..."Spin (1/03, p.70) - Ranked #6 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year"Spin (6/02, pp.101-2) - 7 out of 10 - "...Cuomo has penned the Pinto-rocking Van Halen record of his dreams..."Q (12/02, p.69) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Q (May 2002, p.118) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Weezer fashion three-minute calling cards to thaw the coldest of hearts..."CMJ (12/30/02, p.11) - Ranked #9 on CMJ's "Top 10 of 2002"CMJ (6/02, p.4) - "...It's all triumphant, three-chord nerd rock anthems here...drenched in addictive pop hooks, plenty of perky "woah woah" harmonies, and big 'n' simple rock riffs....Weezer at its best...MALADROIT is vindicating and rewarding..."NME (Magazine) (5/18/02, p.36) - 8 out of 10 - "...Cuomo's most welcome psychotic moodswing to date....A misery-affirming, gut-pummelling, soul-ragged and triumphant return to form..."0.2545893

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