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A Different Kind Of Truth

Van Halen

A Different Kind Of Truth

Album number twelve for the Californian rock veterans and first for fourteen years

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  1. 8.3 |   The AU Review

    Overall this album is a surprise packet and a must have for any rock fan
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  2. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Harder, speedier, riff-ier and more rugged than anything Eddie Van has done since Diamond Dave split the ranks
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  3. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    An unapologetic pelvic thrust of machismo into the faces of an audience just as unprepared for it as they were in 1978
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Against the odds, the party metal kings are back and blazing. Fun times
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Van Halen are using their history to revive their present and they succeed surprisingly well
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  6. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Together, Eddie and Diamond Dave have achieved a simple yet hard-to-pull-off goal with A Different Kind Of Truth: Sounding like the Van Halen we (want to) remember
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  7. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    A good rock record by one of the greatest rock bands that ever existed
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  8. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    The band are channelling the hard rocking days of Van Halen II more that pop smash 1984; the album is lean on overdubs and there isn’t a ballad or synth in sight
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  9. 7.0 |   NME

    It's goofball guitars and innuendo all the way
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  10. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Eddie has rediscovered his guitar and unplugged the synths, as if Roth's presence reminded Eddie who his band is named after
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  11. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A number of fans will revel in Eddie’s killer licks, but the true hero here is Roth. It’s quite clear that the lanky frontman has been waiting for years to really let loose
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  12. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This amazingly consistent record is an especially inspired comeback
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  13. 7.0 |   Spin

    The album clearly aspires to both be part of the canon, and, if need be, serve as an entry point
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  14. 6.0 |   State

    What it doesn’t have is any keyboards, and is more reminiscent of pre 1984 Van Halen, with not a lot of overdubs, save for a few extra solos shoehorned in here and there
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  15. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    The music here is enjoyable to listen to, even if it’s a “check-your-brain-at-the-stereo” type of experience
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  16. 4.0 |   Mojo

    Bereft of strong riffs and bankable tunes. Print edition only

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