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1984

Van Halen

1984

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1984

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This may be my quickest review so far. Firstly, I pretty much detest all 80’s ’hair’ metal. Considering 95% of music this genre produced is nothing like metal it should instead be called ‘men in drag singing shitty lyrics’ rock n roll. Secondly, whenever I see track listings with song names like ‘Hot For Teacher’ and ‘Drop Dead Legs’ it literally induces vomit to rise into my mouth. Thirdly, this album includes both these descriptions and I hated every f@cking second of it. Well that’s not entirely true...’Jump’ is ok. I guess one out of nine ain't bad? There is sooooo much of this rinse and repeat crap rock music from this era I seriously do not see how anyone can distinguish between them. For example Poison, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Motley Crüe, etc could all record this album and even die hard fans, I doubt, would know the difference. To summarise...this album and the genre it belongs too should be sealed in a large container and buried in a secret location...never to be found and/or opened again. 0 Stars!

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5

It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band, the best showcase for Diamond Dave's glorious shtick, the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall.

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Van Halen est vraiment un groupe très sympa. J'ai d'ailleurs rencontré ses membres alors qu'ils cherchaient un sèche-cheveux dans les rayons de la fnac. Je me suis approché d'eux puis leur ai demandé "Vous cherchez un modèle en particulier ?" alors même que je n' étais pas employé par le magasin. Eddie Van Halen me fit un bras d'honneur et s'en alla faire la queue à l'une des caisses automatiques.

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Hard to find an album that's more 80's white America than this, so if that's your thing you've lucked out with this one.

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Eddie is a decent guitar player but no guitarist is good enough to carry these songs. Jump is OK but the rest of the songs define obtuse. (And no Less Nessman, I don't mean rounded at the end.) At least the last Van Halen album we were sent had two well written songs - being the two songs they covered.

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5

I've got it bad. So bad...

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5

Love, love, love this album. Hey PJ Harvey, this is how to make music that people want to hear.

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Cet album m'a renvoyé à l'un des jeux videos fétiches de ma jeunesse, Guitar Hero World Tour, où après avoir vaincu Ozzy Osbourne au terme d'un duel de solos endiablés dans un bar du Mississipi, j'affrontais l'equipe FUT de Eddie Van Halen, comprenant entre autres un Arjen Robben TOTW et un Christian Pander au pied d'argent.

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5

I really, really love this album. I always mowed to it but listening to it in this context really helped me to appreciate the musical brilliance that they brought to the table. Combining super heavy rock licks with the sort of new wave/synth pop sound feels really natural now but had to have been shocking when it came out. I really, really, like this album. RIP EVH.

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5

I couldn't get the memory of dancing around to this in my living room when I was like five years old out of my head. Five stars.

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5

First track to last, this is a classic.

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5

Classic

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5

I mean the big hits on this one are huge and the rest of the album hold up very well

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5

Panama is one of the greatest rock songs ever written. Diamond Dave is magnetic and magnificent. Eddie just fucking rips and his guitar makes me unbelievably happy.

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5

A classic. What's not to like?

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5

Classic of an era!! it'd be 4,5.. but the good songs are just too good!!

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5

Enjoyed every minute of it. Wouldn't mind having it on repeat

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5

Kort en krachtig album! Favoriet nummer: 'Hot for Teacher'

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5

Best album cover ever

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5

Very good noder

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5

Woohoo! Only 33 minutes long and has the best Van Halen songs.

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5

An amazing album - Van Halen at their top. It was despised by some people when it first came out, but with Sammy Hagar's entrance, the band grabbed the 80s sound by the horns and really combined their hard rock sound into it. They managed to walk a middle road where everyone could jam to it. There is a song for everyone on this album - not one bad song on it. There is a reason why it became classic rock as soon as it was released - they knew it would be seen as classic. 9/10

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piriripiriripirirpiruuru pam pamparampamparamfuoo panama panama a panama panama a o o o o

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5

A great album that showed Van Halen’s proficiency with the synth. R.I.P Eddie, lost a real O.G

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5

Awesome Album. Face melting guitar and drums.

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5

VH. Dang, I love these guys. One of the most fun, energetic, innovative pop/rock/metal-esque (kind of sort of, at times) bands I've heard. It's hard to pen any praise of EVH because anything I have to say feels too, I don't know, pedestrian and trite. I'm a bumbling beginner guitarist who high-fives himself when I remember how to play a major scale properly or plays through a medium-tempo 4-chord song with only a few slips, then I put on any song with EVH on guitar and I feel like I've been transported to another semi-comprehensible dimension inhabited by some form of demigods and demigoddesses whose very beings are entangled completely with the Music of the Spheres. And, honestly, sure, there are countless amazing guitarists in all eras, but it's Eddie's genuine joy he shares when playing that is the most infectious aspect of his musicianship to me. Play on, Eddie -- I know you always will! This album has some of Van Halen's most memorable songs, among many memorable songs across quite a nice catalog of albums. Great one to have on this list.

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5

Real good some classics that I now what album they belong to

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5

Awesome. Front to back. Not very long either!

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5

All right, I get the hype.

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5

5/5 - Iconic; The definition of 80's hard rock

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5

Probably my favorite hard rock album. Between Roth's vocals and Eddie's guitars and keyboard, there is an unmatched level of thrill and hysteria. It's loud and exciting, with each track showing off in some new impressive way. So many tracks I love. "Panama" is of course a masterpiece, but "Jump" and "Hot for the Teacher" are also classics that you can't just ignore if playing in the background of a bar. This is songwriting that grabs your attention.

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5

Phenomenal album. I knew the hits, but maaaan what killer songs with game-changing guitar chops.

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5

You know, the synthesizer is such cheesy 80's fare but the greats did it well. Jump is no exception (though a little much on I'll Wait) - you can't help but get sucked in. Of course there's still room for some vintage Eddie (RIP) on the track. And more amazing guitar work on pretty much every track (listen to House of Pain). And then DLR is at his decadent best on this album. Those two just make the album what it is - Panama and Hot for Teacher are classics but they are really ridiculous songs with nothing to them except for the combo of EVH and DLR (to be fair Alex Van Halen's drum work on Hot for Teacher is awesome too). Drop Dead Legs is the best showcase of all the musicians - AVH does good work and Michael Anthony gets time to shine too. Stellar album for anyone who likes rock and even those who don't.

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5

One of my bandmates pointed out that Van Halen was more successful with Sammy Hagar than with DLR. Does it really matter? The albums with DLR soar. Does anyone doubt the huge impact the VH brothers have had? While Eddie’s otherworldly skills could have overshadowed everything and everyone else, Alex’s licks, especially on Hot for Teacher, kept pace. On this album it always feels to me that they are competing and racing each other, as if to say Oh, yeah? Top this!

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5

*Rock snob alert*. Not my favorite VH album. Not even close to their bast album with DLR. Panama and Hot For Teacher are rockers. I'll Wait is a great song, and one of the few VH songs where DLR actually sings. The rest of the album is "take it or leave it for me". My rating is for the three aforementioned songs, and for, musically and vocally, them being at the top of their game.

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5

Starting to think this Van Halen fella might be good at guitar

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5

Something special about David Lee Roth + Eddie Van Halen

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5

Hardcore as hell.

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5

walked into this totally blind and 34 minutes later I have to give it a 10/10. I’m not too familiar with Van Halen. I’m familiar with the name but never looked into their discography. I can’t help but feel like I’m missing some context on the significance of this album. Like all rock bands, I’m sure listening to their previous albums will help me appreciate this more, but still for what it is I think it’s amazing. I love how fun, fast, and sassy it is. As soon as I heard that iconic and instantly recognizable synth in ‘Jump’ I knew this was going to be a great (although tragically short) album. I’m a big fan of synth rock and pop rock and this hits all the right spots. I’ll look into more of Van Halen’s stuff for sure. I’m a little worried that 1984 is the peak and everything goes downhill from there tho. Regardless, their self titled debut seems to have pretty high ratings so I’ll look into that one soon.

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5

Iconic, loads of memorable hits, and for sheer instrumentalism alone it’s difficult to go under 5 stars here. No, these are not elegant compositional masterpieces, but there is nobody who can play or sound like classic Van Halen and this album is one of the best examples of that.

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5

I knew most of the hits off this one, but I wasn't familiar with the deep dives, most of which are fantastic. I also had no idea how awesome of a drummer Alex VH is.

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5

One of my favourites of all time.

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5

Fucking excellent album

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5

Really it should be getting a 4 because of how much synth was used on this album but then Panama and hot for teacher really pull this one up. 4.5?

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5

Takes me back to my youth

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5

so good

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5

Classic rock is classic. Also, Hot for Teacher makes me want to run through a goddamned stone wall.

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5

so good, more heavy that I would guess.

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5

Okay, I actually... loved this?? Totally shocked me! But, there's just something about the fun excitement that some of these songs bring - like "Jump????" WOW! Makes me just wanna dance around. I never knew I was a Van Halen fan.

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5

Amazing!

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5

curto muito o som deles

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5

This is, by far, the best and most successful Van Halen album. The Van Halen brothers with Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth were the best that they could become and it shows. "Jump", "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher" are three of hard rock's biggest classics and the album as a whole, a short one with only 33 minutes, is pure 1980s rock zeitgeist. The production is overwhelming, the instrumentation, mixing hard rock with glam and pop, is perfect and Roth's voice is amazing in every single track. One of the greatest rock albums of the 1980s.

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5

It's not my fav VH album but it's hard no to love this. I was 12 years old when it came out and there wasn't anything much cooler than VH at that time.

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5

There was peak Van Halen, and there was everybody else. This album is a testament to that. Great from start to finish.

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5

Sadly I was too young, but fuck it would've been great to be around when Van Halen was THE soundtrack to fingering girls in the park. 5/5.

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5

All time reat

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5

Brilliant

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5

Solid album. Hadn't heard many of the songs, and glad I've heard them now. Thirty-three minutes packed with hard, awesome rock. Added! Will listen again & again (though I'm kinda tired of Jump...)

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5

One of my favourite albums by one of my favourite bands. I love it all from Jump to Top Jimmy to Drop Dead Legs and all places between!

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4

5/21 Some good ass rock. Standout Tracks: Panama, Top Jimmy, Hot for Teacher, House of Pain

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4

80s guitar wankery gets old, but Eddie Van Halen brings a distinctive groove to his playing that makes musically intricate songs danceable.

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4

The album where they added synthesizers. The rest, as they say, is history. Best track: Panama

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4

Much better than expected. Especially enjoyed Jump

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4

This is the kind of rock I grew up with.. very big on Much Music. And it was just everywhere on the radio. It's good simple power cords music about sex and parties

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4

A classic rock/metal album. Van Halen really mastered the art of fusing metal and pop to create anthems that would appeal to a wide audience. And of course, Eddie's guitar playing is incredible - an innovator who spawned millions of copycats, and influenced guitar players everywhere. And despite all the imitators, he remained inimitable. Eddie always sounded like Eddie. Only criticism is that the album is over too quickly. Some might think a few of the lyrics are a bit questionable, but they were never meant to be taken too seriously. Van Halen were ridiculous and over the top, but they knew it and embraced it. It's unfortunate that a lot of the bands that followed in their wake didn't seem to get the joke.

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4

Still hot for teacher

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4

Great album. Maybe I'm just a sucker for 1980's rock. Contains such great hits as Jump, Panama, and Hot For Teacher.

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4

Memories

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4

Good ol' rock 'n' roll. It's neither very hard nor very pop-y. Perfectly balanced as all things should be.

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4

This not at all what i expected. what a blast.

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4

Fun to blast. Great car ride music. Great choice for a hardrock metal album from the 80s

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4

Boo yah Ooooo RAH Solid album Reckon I love old rock now A few non perfect ones but still great

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4

I enjoyed it especially because there were quite a few songs I knew and liked, but never knew they were in this album by this group.

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4

HEY YOU. Who said that??? We’ll never, ever know.

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4

loved it. awesome album

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4

Hair metal done right.

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4

While the first album was guitar heavy with the focus in EVH, this album has the better songs. However, the debut album is collectively better as the songs on it better relate to one another. Overall, it is the same rating as the first. I don’t think Van Halen got any better or worse as a band with this album. Despite a slight stylistic change. RIP to the goat.

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4

Cool classic album. I'm not super into hard rock but as far as that goes, this is really solid. Loads of character.

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4

Very good, and great memories!

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4

All songs from this album are classical. A great album with only one notable drawback: it sounds a little bit dated, probably because it is a reference album for almost every rock band nowadays. However, worth every song!

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4

Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 12/20 Presence of pure bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 15/20 =62 Really enjoyed that lads

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4

A day in the studio for these guys is like: "Okay I've just written this sick guitar solo...how can we make a song out of it!?". Admittedly, this music is really good, and the guitars sound really good. They've got some really nice rock sound out of their guitars, similar to Guns N Roses and Queen. They write excellent guitar riffs, and some catchy hooks too, but I do lose interest when it's just fast guitar shredding and not much else going on in the album (like the last two songs). Tough one to rate. Not that bothered about listening again so will go for 4.4 stars rounded to 4

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4

Hot for Teacher alone gets it 3 stars.

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4

Good

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4

An absolute blast! 80's energy melting my face.

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4

The songs still sound fantastic, some brilliant tracks on here and no filler. Some of really creative songwriting and playing and technically amazing too. Also in Jump has one of the all time classic 80s rock songs. Great album.

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4

Wasn’t too impressed at first, but then I really enjoyed and appreciated the crossover of metal and synths

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4

Solid, nice length, great drumming and guitars, and energetic guitars, although some dated synths and odd subjects

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4

The songs still sound fantastic, some brilliant tracks on here and no filler. Some of really creative songwriting and playing and technically amazing too. Also in Jump has one of the all time classic 80s rock songs. Great album.

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4

Man, this is almost as good as their first album. It's just hit after hit for, like, 8 straight songs. I even like 1984 as the opener. But it all comes crashing down on House of Pain. It was like a precursor to the generic rock years with Sammy Hagar. But still, very solid.

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4

I regret that all the spandex and incessant radio plays distracted me from this great album for so long.

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4

This is the first time I have listened to a van Halen album the whole way through. It was enjoyable, but I will probably stick to the singles from this one in the future.

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4

This album has a ton of great tracks, ranging from synthy to metal to party anthems. Not every track was a winner, but in general the album is extremely fun.

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4

Very good album. Eddies guitar never dissapoints.

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4

Classic. I think I overlistened this.

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4

fun to finally listen to a classic

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4

Jump and panama

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4

4 liked songs: - Jump - Panama - Hot For Teacher - I'll Wait

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4

Solid, slightly dated now, but I still enjoy it

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4

Great guitar work in this one and only a few songs were filler. Deserves another listen.

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4

Lots of classic songs here. I'm not the biggest VH fan, but it is hard to deny how good some of these songs are and the impact they made on later musicians.

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4

There are some really well known songs that carry the album.

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4

Obviously has the major breakthrough hits, weaker 2nd side for me.

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4

You know, as much as Aerosmith has aged poorly from my middle school days, I feel like Van Halen has continued to age well. Juvenile lyrics? Sure. But underneath are the incredible musical stylings of the Van Halens, and the powerhouse vocals of DLR. At a time when rock bands were eschewing the synth, Van Halen puts all their chips into the center of the table. The album opens with more synths that you've ever heard in your entire life, and it just goes from there. The first seven tracks are unimpeachable in my eyes. Hit after hit after hit. Girl Gone Bad and House of Pain are much weaker offerings, but do not ruin the album altogether. Those drums on Hot For Teacher? Come on...

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4

EVH is called a guitar god for a reason. This album is a showcase for his amazing guitar playing. Listening closely I also have a new appreciation for AVH's drumming. The only thing that keeps me from calling this a 5 are the cheesy lyrics...I realize that's part of Van Halen's thing (mainly thanks to David Lee Roth). But lyrics like "dig that steam, giant butt"? Insert eye roll emoji. Then again, lyrics that could be just as cheesy work in Hot for Teacher: "I brought my pencil...gimme something to write on"..."I don't feel tardy." Now that's just funny. I'll give it a 4 for amazing musicianship and fun songwriting, but the cheesy lyrics on songs like Top Jimmy and Drop Dead Legs keep it from being a 5.

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4

Van Halen's albums pretty much range from good to great. (Yes, even the one with Gary Cherone.) 1984 is a good album with some great songs. The problem is that the first few songs are GREAT, and the last three songs are just... okay. There's no consistency. When I mentioned to my wife about the last three songs, she could not name them. Heck, if "Hot For Teacher" was switched up and was the last song on the album, I would say it's a 5-star album. But as it is, it's...

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4

A brilliant album in it's own way. The intro track and Jump makes you think Van Halen might've gone full synth! Where's the hard rock guitars I'm so used to? But then Panama kicks in and you know they're business-as-usual, and business is really really good. So side 1 is going really well, a nice ambient intro with back-to-back hit singles and then it kinda dips down for two non-singles that aren't bad, but don't have the same lasting power. Still keeps the shredding in tow though; we all love a bit of Eddie shredding. Flip over to side 2, and it's all Alex just killin' it on drums. Oh man! Eddie comes in with pure shred. Guitar and drums are on fire. It's fucked. It's kind of jazzy with it's fun swing and little clean guitar interludes when David Lee Roth asks "What do you think the teacher's gonna look like this year?". Great song. Strong way to open side 2. The rest doesn't quite reach the same level as Hot For Teacher, but at no point are the songs bad or even boring, they're just sort of not quite at the same level. Closest song that could hang would be Girl Gone Bad

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4

Monday morning pick-me-up! Great running music;except maybe for the last three songs, in the heavy side and arythmical). Amazing guitar play!!

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4

Serious rock but fun…. Socks? 🤘😎

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4

Супер-драйвовый альбом в год, когда я только родился

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4

Classic album by a legend, however it's is overrated. Best song: Hot for Teacher

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4

Le doy un 4, pero por Jump.

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4

Best album by Van Halen

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4

Excessive, stupid and fucking great. Songs about fucking, fucking teachers, and, uh, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. A perfect encapsulation of big-hair metal that's still caned at pubs at 2AM everywhere.

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4

Enjoyable indeed! Might as well buy! (BUY!)

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4

The drums on this are out of this fucking world holey moley. I don't know what's happening on Hot For Teacher but it is some wild shit man. Not as good as their self titled and Jump is a radio friendly mess

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4

4/5

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4

Obviously Jump is a stone cold classic, but the rest of the album is surprisingly strong and not as synth-heavy as the opening track suggests. A really enjoyable glimpse back to the good-ole-days

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4

This is an album that I loved. Mike touched base on the drums and I agree. It is just pure fun from start to finish and everyone in the band is on board. Maybe best one two punch ever to open an album with jump and panama. Just loved it.

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4

A fun album. Pure 80s in album form. Some huge singles that everyone knows, and the other songs aren't bad either. I wish this rating system was on a 10 star scale. This would be an easy 4.5. Can't give it a 5, becuase I'm saving them for the truly transformative albums, but it's more than the 4 it's getting.

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4

I’ve heard this album probably 100 times but it’s still great (thanks dad)

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4

Nice album, not a rock fan, but I'd say the music it's awesome. I marked as favorite a couple of these songs :)

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4

Pretty much packed with bangers. A lot of classics on this one. The intro to Hot For Teacher is always incredible, and I love the syncopation in the prechorus too. Just all around fun album. Favourite Tracks: Hot For Teacher, Jump, Girl Gone Bad

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4

Damn solid album. Van Halen never fails to make me dance like a child.

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4

Pretty similar to how I feel about their first album except there are synths in this one. I should've probably given yesterday's album a 4 but what can men do

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4

A great, if sometimes cheesy album.

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4

PANAMA!

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4

Not their best work, but still gets played.

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4

rock n roll baby

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4

it is a great album, dont personally enjoy the style anymore

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4

Great Van Halen album with some great hits.

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4

80’s rock, electric guitar & drums, eccentric lead singer

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4

7/10, solid glamrock album

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4

Dosta okej!

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4

For this listener, this is the music of childhood. Van Halen's "Jump" is the quintessential example of where keyboards and solid rock & roll can coexist. Having been a 70s band, you can hear the sound change for this album where the clarity of bass gave way to the cavernous sounding thump of the 80s, as though it were recorded in a concert hall vs. a studio. In other words, one would feel this in their chest more as well as in their ears. 1984 by Van Halen, kept the 80s hard while still making use of the complementary sounds that could be produced by keys. While "Jump" is easily the most recognized, it is certainly that way for a reason in that we do not hear it very much anywhere else. The reverb on that creates a bass/baseline hum that quite literally carries the song on a basic, yet profound auditory level. The rest of the album, while not as dynamic as "Jump" turned out to be, is certainly taking advantage of the synth partnership with hard rock, and we are here for it. In fairness, this coexistence may very well have to do with Eddie Van Halen being the player he was, and for that we are grateful. Advances in technology and sound production are welcome, but sound reproduction will always lack that human element that makes it great and meaningful. Van Halen's 1984 makes that case in a decade where changes in the world of music made that significant shift into electronic reproductions being more prominent. RIP Eddie Van Halen (dec. 10/6/2020)

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4

80s majesty

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4

Rockin, naturally. Still can't figure how Eddie made some of those sounds. The songs are really solid, the riffs pop big style. Still a really solid pop rock album.

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4

Hot for teacher is great if you ignore the lyrics

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4

Eddie Van Halen's incredible guitar work saves this album from being just another 80's glam rock release. Some real good hits, and some what I would normally call 'filler' that is lifted up by amazing Guitar solos and marching drum beats. 4.5.

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4

“Jump” has pretty much caused me to stayaway from this album for the past 35 years. That’s too bad, because there are some pretty good songs: Hot for Teacher, Drop Dead Legs, House of Pain (which I think borrowed very heavily from Sabbath’s “Symptom of the Universe” - check out the ‘cha cha cha cha cha chaaaa’ riffs from each of those songs). In addition to “Jump” the song “I’ll Wait”is another stain on the legacy of VH. Wasn’t surprised at all to see that Michael MacDonald contributed to the writing on this drivel. Despite the flaws, gotta love most of this disc, and excellent choice on the cover art.

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4

Considered there best album but not even close to debut album. Really like this album but wished Eddie lost his synth.

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4

Essencial, referência do hard rock americano.

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4

Synth is 👌🏾

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4

Energetic and fun.

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12/24/2021 Today's Album: "1984" by Van Halen - This album opens up with what will be the theme of this entire album - S Y N T H S. This ambient opener kicks off perfectly to the biggest hit on the record - Jump. This song still sounds so good today and I think it just shows exactly what Van Halen were good at - blending late 70s rock with new 80s trends like synths and metal to literally birth the hair rock genre out of their Vandussys. Panama is a great track to follow up Jump and is emblematic of the sound Van Halen were pioneering at the time. I think Top Jimmy is a little boring lyrically, but the guitar work is insane in this track and it is fairly short, with pretty much a third of it being expert guitar riffing. Drop Dead Legs ends up sounding pretty generic to me, at least in the beginning. Again, expert guitar work is enough to make this track at least listenable, but I think outside of that it doesn't have a ton going for it. It's just very horny. Hot For Teacher is the 3rd most popular song on the track list and it is pretty kick ass. The guitar riff and crazy fast kick drum beat just makes the energy of this song through the roof and I think the chorus of this song is actually pretty good despite how, again, horny it is. The parts where the instruments cut out for some adlibbing is pretty charming and the ending of this track is just absolutely nuts. I'll Wait starts with these really cool synth effects and the slow pounding beat kicks off a really cool mood for the song as it transitions into a steady groove and a pretty traditional execution. This might be my favorite song from this album that I haven't heard before today. Girl Gone Bad starts off at a fucking 10. Lyrics are dumb but the performances and chilling atmosphere are absolutely killer. House Of Pain kinda fumbles the ending. Sounds like if Tool sucked. Overall, a decent album with great performances. Score: 8/10 Great at moments Highlights: Jump, Panama, Top Jimmy, I'll Wait, Girl Gone Bad

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Boy...this brings back memories. I was never a Van Halen fan but my brother and cousins were always playing one of their albums. This came out the year I turned 16. All over the radio, MTV..and Eddie was so cute back then.

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Great album. Van Halen was a force to be reckoned with. Loaded with hits, and the lesser known tracks still rocked. Only thing that bugs me are Roth's vocals. Never been a huge fan.

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Listening to this I can hear how much it is influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin but also how much it has influenced everything related to rock and hair that came after.

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Ohan tää nyt klassikko. Useampikin päräyttävä ralli.

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Having not heard this album front to back before, I didn't realize that the iconic song Jump essentially had an intro, thanks to the title track, 1984. This is a great synthy lead-in to Jump, and to the album as a whole. In addition, the title track made me pick up on just now synthy this album really is. I was already very familiar with Jump, Panama, and Hot for Teacher, and upon listening to the album, I feel like everything else pales a little bit in comparison to these three powerhouse classics. Still, there is some really rocking instrumentation and guitar work on this album.

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some memorable and huge hits on this album! i mean, "hot for teacher" is cemented in rock history for a good reason. the drums in that song! but hey, all instruments are working so well on every song: the drums, the guitar, the synthesizer. musically, this album is so beautiful and solid. the womanizing and misogyny i can do without, but i cannot do without those guitar solos. "1984," the opening, title, and lead off track, is a such an interesting choice. it's futuristic-sounding, yet the title is the year it was released. was it irony, perhaps optimism? once the instrumental is complete, the jump right into "jump" hits such a high! this was very much a fun, fun listen, and i rocked out hard today.

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Start to finish, this album is fantastic. Van Halen's earlier stuff was more rock/edgier, while this definitely shows their progression into the 80s sound, as evidenced with the synth in "Jump". Every song on this album is a winner (as long as you like Van Halen!)

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Van Halen's album is a standard for albums of the time.

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Great pop rock album. The only thing I would say is that listening to this again years on, I would hardly call this heavy or metal. That is not to say it is not a great album with Diamond Dave shining like... well... A diamond. The Van Halen brothers are on fire, pushing their music beyond the simple hard rock that was by then expected of them.

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PANAMA

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Catchy 80s album great licks and solos, classic Van Halen.Fav songs jump and kissed the teacher

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Classic 80's Rock. Not my favorite, but I respect the sound of the time.

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I’ve never given Van Halen a chance until this album. Sure I’ve heard the hits, but I never so much as listened to an album of theirs. Admittedly, it was on purpose. There was a guy in first year of uni that loved VH, staunchly in the DLR camp…hard core. One weekend I went home and when I came back something had happened and our friend group had shunned him. Like ignored his existence moving forward. I don’t remember exactly what happened, but I followed along, which I’m not proud of. I was never close to him, but I feel bad for how it all went down. I love that VH took a turn toward the synth sound on this album. Now I realize that the synths are why I’ve always loved Jump so much. It’s also no surprise that I like I’ll Wait. On second listen, Top Jimmy is a nice song with some well executed triplets in the lead guitar part that feel playfully offbeat. However, the 30 second appearance of the whammy bar (1:45 mark) is deflating. I fucking hate the whammy bar. I’ll dissect this more in a year or two when we get to Metallica’s Master of Puppets. For now I have to say that I enjoyed this album, whammy bar excluded, and will be listening again soon. Now I have to figure out if I’m in the DLR or Haggar camp…or both if that’s even allowed.

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Great album that I never fully appreciated until I got old.

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26/04 That was banging, the drumming in Hot For Teacher was insane. It was amazing

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Brill to hear some of these classics

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3.5/5. Good. I liked this album. It was fun and fast. Panama, what a great song.

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An iconic album and one that was part of the soundtrack to the 80's. Even if I dismissed Hot For Teacher, Jump, and Panama, I'll Wait is still amazing and 3 stars on its own.

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I GET UP 4

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Good but it aged a bit. The lyrics did I mean.

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Brewed a Session IPA during this album. Very hair, very 80s. Not exactly my favorite style, but dig the talent of the group.

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An exuberant pop record, best during certain guitar passages. For the most part, the band keeps up the energy with speed. I think the small attempts at sonic variety (for example in the opener) end up a bit flat without more variation in form.

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This was energetic and bold. I don't know if I liked that, though.

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eddie :(

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Better than I expected but not really my ‘world’.

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Nice guitar licks

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Decent album however the guitar playing, whil excellent, was less of a focus on this album which didn't help the album

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Pretty good record. Panama, Jump... hot for teacher.

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Jump is a good song, rest inoffensive

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Glam metal, man. Some of the tunes here hold up well, some don’t. This has arguably my favorite Van Halen song on it, but I don’t come back to this album that often really. The guitar tones by Eddie Van Halen are pretty crazy on this album but I prefer Van Halen 1 I think. Favorite song: Panama Least favorite song: I’ll Wait

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Jump has been a hitsong in the Neteherlands. It still like to listen to this song once in a while.

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Has not really aged well, and generally just feels a bit daft. Still, Jump is kind of fun in a kitsch way. Okay but actually I'm enjoying it :(.

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What would now be considered classic rock n roll, this helped define dads of the generation, allowing parents to be mad at kids for yet another thing. Van Halen is a genre-setting band, and no one can deny the amount of radio play they got and still continue to get. Eddie has some great shreds from this album, but its hard to appreciate all of this when it constantly reminds you of riding back home from a camp outing in the back of the truck with your dad mad at you because you didnt tie the knots right. Favorite song, Hot for Teacher. Least favorite, hearing Hot for Teacher get played in ads for Snickers bars.

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Too many nonsensical guitar solos, didn't find much structure

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Decent classic rock. Nothing exciting, mostly pleasant. 6/10

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Yeah, fine - I have no strong feelings about this one way or the other. Fave track - "Jump"

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I enjoyed it, but it seemed like the recording itself was a little rough. Also, other than the main hits, none of it really hooked me. It was ok. EVH is still insane though. Favorite tracks: “Jump,” “Panama, and “Hot For Teacher”

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Bueno, rock típico ochentero, rozando el spray-rock. Los 80 le cayó muy mal al rock que no pasó por el punk.

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A whole album of Van Halen is.....a lot of Van Halen

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Great tracks and moments here and there, but a bit inconsistent. Love “Jump” and “Panama” since I was a kid. “Hot For Teacher” had a fire ass solo, loved it.

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First song nice

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Classic stadium rock

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Bfjekdnfbrksk JUMP

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Quite enjoyable 80s tunes. But would likely not buy album or put in library so giving it a 3.

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Lots of familiar songs, the songs are alright but not sure I'd be in the mood to just sit and listen to the whole album.

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Only listened to a bit. Jump!

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até q eh daora

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Never really listened to this guy, Jump is a classic though, heard that before. Sounds a bit ACDC at times, no doubt inspired them. Also sounds a bit Aerosmith, they may have inspired this guy. Easy a 3/5.

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Impressive and I understand the historical context. Not my style. Skipped through most songs. I didn’t skip the first, third, and fifth songs. Like a chord...

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Well, that was a ride! I appreciate the inclusion of this record on the list because it feels like a distilled representation of Van Halen and the sort of glam/hair metal scene they represent. And it brings the hits. Eddie's guitar work is otherworldly, but I can't stand David Lee Roth's vocals and inane lyrics. 2.5/5 Favourite tracks: "Panama" and "Jump"

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Pretty good for HM

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i mean it’s fine

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Coole gitarrenriffs, jump hebt sich deutlich ab

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First van halen album I've listen to. Great stuff.

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Kennt ma ja

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Some good tracks but a bit overblown compared to their first 3 albums

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Svängig hårmetal med grisigt attityd.

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Sounds kinda cliche now, but I get that it was probably a banger when it released

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It was ok. Probably wouldn’t listen again by choice.

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Panama rulez. The rest of it also kinda rulez but it’s just not my bag yaknow?

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I don't see what this has to do with the George Orwell novel. Just kidding but it's weird that this came after Big Brother and the Holding Co. This is actually the first time I've heard the whole album but of course, like anyone else that grew up in the 80s, I knew "Jump", "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher." Apart from that I wasn't too crazy about the rest of the album. I did enjoy "Top Jimmy" and Eddie is an amazing guitarist to listen to. Not a fan of Alex's drumming at all though. Just an average album overall.

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More than 3 less than 4

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This brings back memories of an era. I was not a fan, never a fan but I instantly recognise the era and the voice. Great album, I can understand why they have such true live-long devoted fans.

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I thought this album would be a good one to listen to in the shower and while bustling around after and it didn't disappoint. This is another one I'll give a 3.5ish to. Am I being too stingy with 4s or have I just not seen enough albums yet?

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Love the guitar but ugh David Lee Roth.

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Decent 80s metal.

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Not a big fan of Van Halen, but this album is pretty listenable. I just realized that the synth sounds on this album are pretty much a copy of Abacab by Genesis. Interesting. 3 stars.

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13th October 2021 Listened on my phone throughout the day while at home. Finished the morning after. Synthy, big, camp, really enjoyed. Jump obviously the stand out, sounds a lot like kiss which is never a bad thing.

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Odotukset tätä kohtaan oli korkeahkot. Van Halenilta oikeastaan vain hittibiisit ovat ennestään tuttuja itselleni. Valitettavasti tämä levy osoitti erinomaisesti, että materiaali hittibiisien ulkopuolella on melkoisen yhdentekevää. Toki esim. Panama ja Jump ovat klassikoita jotka ovat kestäneet aikaa erinomaisesti, eivätkä kyseiset kappaleet ole myöskään liian puhkisoitettuja. Hittibiisit nostavat levyn arvosanan peruskolmoseksi.

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Eipä ole ennen tullut kuunneltua Van Halenia. Levyn alussa oli paljon enemmän syntikoita ja vähemmän kitaroita kuin mitä odotin. Loppupuolta kohden alkoi mennä odotusten mukaiseksi. Hot For Teacher jäi mieleen. Ei erityisesti häirinnyt, mutta ei mene myöskään omille soittolistoille.

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Full of great hooks and riffs. They’re clearly having a good time, and the album is a lot of fun, almost camp even. File under ‘air guitar hall of fame’ as it’s another one of those records where you can revisit and indulge your teenage dream of being a rock demi-god, furiously shredding your invisible guitar from the comfort of your lounge room whilst avoiding the reality you’re probably having a midlife crisis.

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Jump is a banger. The rest is 80s hair metal (although apparently it's not technically hair metal). A fun listen, but the quality tails off in the second half. 3/5.

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3.7 - High brow this album ain't! It's the type of music you'll hear at Hooters while devouring a basket of wings. It's got “Panama" and some predictably scorching guitar solos.

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Didn't hate it.

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Classic Rock n' Roll. Not particularly my cup of tea this one but would listen to again. Album art is great would wear it on a shirt.

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6/10

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Loved the beginning but as a whole album itt was too much for me.

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3 pretty big hits are great; the rest just okay (all sounds alike). not great, not terrible.

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Has some fun songs that I really liked, but felt nearly half the album was well below average. 3/5

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Great fun. Close to 4 star.

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Some great songs but def not their best offering.

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Good album, knew a few off here. Would give it a 3.5 if I could

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6/10

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This album didn’t excite me. The songs aren’t bad but a bit samey

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My gym teacher in high school would play "Hot for Teacher" every single damn day when we ran laps (Mind you, this was during the 2000's, not the 80's). Yeah, so that's the one memory I have with this band. Naturally, I grew to despise the song, but it's been long enough for me to let that go. 1984 is full of dad-rock cheese, but there's plenty of badass guitar shredding (and drumming) in here to make up for it. While not something I tend to listen to, it's not that bad. It's just average classic rock to me.

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80s hair metal. It may be that Van Halen were the first, they may have been the most proficient, but to my ears the progenitor of 80s hair metal is not distinguishable from so much of the work they inspired. I appreciate the position in history, I even enjoy the genre they were instrumental in creating - from time to time - but I'll not be listening to this again.

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Buen disco

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I sort of wanted to hate this, preferring the earlier, more spontaneous (and harder rockin') Van Halen albums. But it is really hard to dislike this record. the songs are really catchy, and the playing is incendiary, almost overworked in the production, but not quite. I like the variety of bringing in the synth (a suitably crunchy oberheim). The four singles are stellar, and even the album tracks are pretty song. Top Jimmy and Drop Dead legs are possibly just filler, but they don't suck. a really good, solid (heavy) pop album, with a lot of fun.

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Cheesy 80s rock. Has the three singles you've heard a million times (Jump, Panama, Hot for Teacher) as well as some lesser tracks.

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"Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue Model citizen, zero discipline" (Panama) "Dig those moves, vampire Set me loose, get it higher Throw my rope, loop-de-loop Nice white teeth, Betty Boop Set it cool real heavy I ain't fooled, gettin' ready" (Drop dead legs)

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Fun rock album with energy and pop the whole way through

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Ow, isso me lembra meu ex...

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Young and strong.... You can still feel the energy

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3/5 started well, but didn't make the cut

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Probably good for its genre but not to my liking, lyrically or musically.

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Exactly as expected

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The synth-heavy tracks and pop tracks on this album such as Jump, Panama and I'll Wait are pretty obnoxious and are 2-star songs in my book. The best of the rock tracks are very decent or even pretty good, going up to 3.5-4 stars for me. All in all, too much annoying pop for me.

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I did enjoy hearing this, particularly as it made me feel nostalgic for eighties American movies.

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Not bad...

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Bad boy glam rock packed full of bluesy riffs, furious drumming, and synth fills. I can practically hear the sweat rolling off their chest hair and onto their skin tight vinyl pants! I honestly never fully appreciated just how great a track 'Hot For Teacher' is. Each part played and sung is remarkable on it's own, and they fold and flow together so perfectly. 'Girl Gone Bad' is another impressive showing by the band, showing just how tight the band is with or without David Lee Roth.

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Best Song: Hot for Teacher. Often times, songs are either funny or musically interesting. This is the rare case in which it's both. This song is positively sweaty. Worst Song: I'll Wait. Sometimes, David Lee Roth just sounds like a poor man's Phil Collins. Overall: Van Halen elicits a very specific feeling. You're near a body of water. The sun is setting. Your entire body is slick with lotion. You've lost track of how many beers you've had, but you have the vague notion that you're halfway to wherever it is you're going. A feeling of existential dread begins to push on you from the periphery. Is this it? Is this what life is? You belch and crush your beer can, grabbing a cold one from the bucket. Too Hot For Teacher comes on. As quick as it came on, the feeling of dread is gone, replaced by the need to Air Drum.

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Lekker onvervalste 80s rock muziek. Klinkt wel lekker, maar ook niet weer super bijzonder. ***

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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, "1984" is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. It offers a nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance is in the prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written. Hold on, wrong "1984"... I loved the first Wonder Woman movie. So how did the same people create such unwatchable trash in "1984?" Hold on, that's not right either... 1984 was a year of disappointments. I stopped being an only child. Reagan was overwhelmingly re-elected. The Olympic Games were held without the US getting a chance to beat communists. The Tigers and the Raiders and Italian soccer were world champs. I give the year one star. Wait, I'm gonna get this right... Ah, I'm supposed to be reviewing "Panama." Great country. With a plethora of deserted islands, chilled Caribbean vibes on one side and monster Pacific swells on the other, Panama sits poised to deliver the best of beach life. And a whole other world begins at the water's edge. Seize it by scuba diving with whale sharks in the Pacific, snorkeling the rainbow reefs of Bocas del Toro or setting sail in the indigenous territory of Guna Yala, where virgin isles sport nary a footprint. Meanwhile, surfers will be psyched to have world-class breaks all to themselves. Hello, paradise. And finally... Listening to Van Halen's "1984," I recalled my Bon Jovi review from a while back. "I feel like rock got progressively heavier through the 60s and 70s until it gave birth to heavy metal and thrash metal. Then the 80s took that heavy sound and dialed it back for pop radio and consumerism, and thus came hair bands." Yep, that fits Van Halen, even if they aren't quite in the hair band grouping. There are some classics on here, but I can't help hearing their guitar riffs and thinking about how they took heavy metal riffs and made them a bit too palatable and frankly kind of boring. And as a somewhat attractive educator, I can't get down with the whole vibe of "Hot For Teacher." That song, by the way, starts with one of those aforementioned diluted metal riffs before trying to save it by segueing into a nice little blues bit, but then ruins it with weird horniness. Also, I am not in agreement on the synths. Particularly the weird fake organ stuff on "I'll Wait." I think that song would be so much better if they stuck to guitars. Anyway... tldr... lousy year, great book, middling album.

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3.5

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Can’t lie, definitely enjoyed listening to Hot For Teacher.

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Familiar songs. 80s rock

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Overrated

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Had none of what made VH good.

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I understand and respect why some people think this album is great. Perhaps colored by hearing my brother (and MTV) playing this endlessly when I was a kid, I just cannot get into it. Rockin' jams, great guitar playing, but it just always feels like unimportant and uninspired music to me. I supposed I could find things in my library that I love that might also seem unimportant, but that's where I land on this one. It's not a dish I'd partake in very often.

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Meh

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Great drums and guitar work. Not a fan of synth and DLR vocals. Favorite Tracks: I'll Wait

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I've heard most of these songs individually but never together. I'm not a fan.

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This album is just the songs Jump and Hot for Teacher. It's alright. And boy is eddie good at soloing. But there's not much elsewhere.

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Hair metal has never been my thing, though jump is very fun

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Wird nicht besser mit mir und van halen

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Jump is cool! :)

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Classic but not my favorite

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Boring and didn’t hold my attention but glad it was quite a short album.

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I love a lot of 80s hard rock but this just felt built specifically for MTV. Jump is a great throwaway tune and I like Panama but the rest of it left me totally cold

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It’s so lame. Accept the guitar, the guitar is great.

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Well, that album when downhill fast. The guitar-drive, heavy metal pop work really well through the first few tracks on 1984, but things fall apart after Panama. The first track is a great lead up to the record, but the rest just feels empty. Eddie Van Halen's guitar talent is undeniable, but David Lee Roth is hilariously incompetent as a frontman/lyricist. Fav Tracks: Panama, Jump, 1984 Rating 2.5/5

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2/5

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... Ok.

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Unos heroes del rock quisieron hacer pop y les salió muy bien, que no opinen los puristas, excelente sonido, escuchar las cuerdas de eddie es barnizar tus oidos, y no solo con la guitarra, hits muy clásicos

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Ehh... can't say i'm into this sort of music. More about the flashy guitars than cresting beautiful unique soundscapes, and the meh lyrics don't make up for that loss of enjoyment.

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Silky cock rock

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Ooops not one in my Vinyl collection TBH... some 80's rock was a bit grim wasn't it. Jump is about it for me!

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It's just not for me. Jump is great and I can see the influence on bands I like such as MLB, but I think as I wasn't into it at the time, it's going to be a struggle to get it now. Great to hear EVH's guitar playing properly though, even if it is masked in synth overload.

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pretty rubbish 80's rock but jump is a classic

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I mean, it’s Van Halen. It’s not bad - just not my cup of tea. There will always be a time and place for Jump. Unfortunately, there’s just not much of those for the rest of the album for me.

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poodle rock

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Utterly generic

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It is what is is, yo.

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Say what you will but this was short at least

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I love a lot of 80s hard rock but this just felt built specifically for MTV. Jump is a great throwaway tune and I like Panama but the rest of it left me totally cold

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It's hard to genuinely listen to this and not feel like it was put on ironically. These songs have appeared in too many things and it's such a fake, put-on vibe. The musical talent is undeniable, but the styling is not for me.

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A couple of interesting tracks but also a lot of filler. Not really going to listen to this one again anytime soon

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Probably fairly groundbreaking but it comes across as it was created by moderately talented people with short attention spans.

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Way too cheesy for my tastes

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Yep - we all love a bit of Jump - it's iconic But the rest of this now... just feels tired Like it was made in 1984 I suppose...

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Never really liked Van Halen

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So much of this album is style over substance. The guitar work here is genuinely way ahead of its time and extremely impressive on a technical level, but it always gets rolled into these generic cock rock songs that sound more dated than ever.

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I was pleasantly surprised with their debut album, chock-full of hits and catchy guitar licks. This one not so much.

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How does anyone enjoy this? Still better than bon Jon bovine at least 2

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Kb alter

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Not a fan. Really dislike the space-like synths. Melodies in the guitar solos have no emotion, only bragging. Some tunes are catchy, I guess.

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Might as well jump.

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Interesting instrumentals ruined by incredibly cringe lyrics. This type of rock music is not for me

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Awooga

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Rubbing bacon on my clit and listening to Van Halen. What a beautiful evening.

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Hit after HIT!! That's the first comment on the YouTubes. I disagree, it's more shit after hit. The YouTube comments for this album are a treat. you can tell what generation their fans are instantly. This guy sums it up. This song is #3 in my top-5 underrated Van Halen songs. 1. Fools 2. Sinner's Swing! 3. Top Jimmy 4. Could This Be Magic? 5. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) If someone didn’t know who VH was and asked me to give them only one song to try and get them into VH, I would give that person Fools. It has it all. Improve, energy, riffs, pounding rhythm section, killer backup vocals, etc, everything that is VH to me. How could they leave that song off their setlist for all these years? It was one of their first ever original songs and is found on their live recordings from their club days but never played on any major tours after WACF came out. WTH?! Sinner’s Swing is a killer song! 2nd song on their FW tour setlist and never played again. Ugh! Top Jimmy is where I get when people say that Ed was a better rhythm player than given credit for. It has a killer intro and mean riffs in a funky weird song. It’s definitely VH, alright!  They were just showing off when they did Could This Be Magic and Big Bad Bill. I know BBB is cover but still. They are showing off just how talented and versatile they were. What other successful mainstream band could pull off songs like those? That’s like Black Sabbath recording a country song or Air Supply covering an Accept song. Music could go on for another million years but there will never be another Mighty Van Halen! 🇺🇸

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the synth opening for JUMP is good. But other than that, this is annoying to me.

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American guitar pop

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Although there is the odd moment - this isn't for me

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Slucham pierwszy raz, choc sama nazwa obila mi sie o uszy po tym jak Van Halen od ktorego grupa bierze nazwa sie przekrecil na druga strone, przed tym znalem jedynie z kawalkow granych z radia, bo juz po drugim tracku wiem co to jest, bo kto nie zna jumpa, tak klasycznie syntezatorowy kawalek, a im dalej w albumik tym wiecej wyjcowania i ciezkiego walenia po instrumentach, czyli jak dla mnie najgorszego co moge uslyszec, zaraz po slunskich szlagierach, czare goryczny przelal kawalek girl gone bad, zwlaszcza jego druga polowa ktora zamiast wokali wykorzystuje rytmiczne wycie, no bo przeciez girl gone bad, wiec zaczelo sie jak jakis synth poipowy albumik rozkrecalo sie rock z elentami synthu, a konczylo jak metal dla boomerow hamerykanskich, a to wszystko w 33 minuty, na plejliste wrzucam kawalek ktory juz znalem, czyli jump, bo chyba byl on najbardziejsluchalnym elementem calego albumika

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Aguanté hasta la quinta canción y lo quité. Menudo rollo.

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Heb ik niet veel mee.

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I hated it

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Stopped listening halfway through Hot for Teacher. Genuinely awful

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Fan ta detta album

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This is such clichéd music. I tried to give it a fair shake but I had to fast forward through every single song. This review was done in about 9 minutes.

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Not more hair rock. Awful

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nein

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fuck off

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Oh mein gott halts maul

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1 1/2, inte min kopp alls

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nope

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Kind of cool

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