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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..."56.39008

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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..."56.39008

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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..."55.97914

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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..."44.34498

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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.'"38.80186

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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."38.80186

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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."38.80186

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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."33.25874

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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."27.71561

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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..."1.098199

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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..."0.9588478

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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."0.774866

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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."0.774866

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Entertainment Weekly (p.58) - "[This] 24-year-old guitar goddess evokes ax murderers from Angus Young to Eddie Van Halen to Jeff Beck..." -- Grade: B0.774866

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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."0.6780078

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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."0.6780078

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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."0.6780078

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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: B0.4842913

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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..."0.4842913

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Spin (p.87) - "[T]he gorgeous minimalist closer 'Voicething' -- built from carefully stacked layers of Alison's own breathy coo -- has no modern pop equivalent."Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "U.K. duo Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory return to the dance floor with nine tracks of glitter-strewn glam pop." -- Grade: BCMJ - "The album opens with the Van Halen-like 'Rocket,' then goes into a breezy twirl on 'Believer.'"Paste (magazine) (p.61) - "HEAD FIRST evokes an era as much as a sound, offering instant gratification with bubbly hooks, nimble arrangements and relentlessly stylized production."Pitchfork (Website) - "With sunny Van Halen synth tones, XANADU-era Olivia Newton John optimism, and galloping Giorgio Moroder basslines..."0.4794239

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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."0.4794239

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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."0.4794239

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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."0.3891107

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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..."0.387433

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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.'"0.387433

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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".0.387433

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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..."0.387433

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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."0.3390039

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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'..."0.3335235

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