Five Things That Could Go Wrong With Van Halen’s New Album [VIDEO]
Van Halen's new album is recorded and soon to be unleashed onto the world. We're pretty excited With Van Halens New Album. However, it's been nearly 30 years since the band recorded a new studio album with lead singer David Lee Roth, and they've never made one without original bassist Michael Anthony. So, it's quite natural that fans might be nervous about how it's all going to work. Here are Five Things That Could Go Wrong With Van Halen's New Album:
David Lee Roth Tries to Actually Sing
The Songs Are Too Long
Van Halen's self-titled debut album needed just under 36 minutes to change rock as we knew it. In fact, the six David Lee Roth-era albums clock in at an average time of under 34 minutes. By contrast, the “Van Hagar” records run about 50 minutes each, and 'Van Halen III,' with Gary Cherone, occupies nearly an hour. This longer approach may have worked with those two, more pure singers, but as the pair of five-minute-plus songs on 1996's 'Best of Volume 1' (yes, we're bringing those up again) proves, it doesn't suit Roth quite so well.
Alex Van Halen Breaks Out the Synth-Drums
Michael Anthony's Backing Vocals Can't Be Replaced
Eddie Takes Over Lead Vocals Again
It's not that Eddie's voice is all that bad — in fact it's rather reminiscent of the half-spoken delivery of Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. But, my goodness was 'How Many Say I,' from Van Halen's last studio album, 'Van Halen III,' a deadly combination of apparent earnestness and a total lack of self-awareness. This is why you can't surround yourself with “Yes men,” all you future rock stars!
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