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A Different Kind Of Truth

A Different Kind Of Truth by Van Halen
Released: Feb 2012
Label: Interscope
A Different Kind of Truth isn't quite on par with classic Van Halen: Fair Warning, II, 1984, et al. But it's an excellent album nonetheless, even when the band is obviously tweaking previously established templates. "As Is" is more or less a cross between "Hot For Teacher" and "Ice Cream Man," but this doesn't diminish its hard-rocking potency. Eddie sounds ferocious on just about every track, but particularly "Honeybabysweetiedoll" and "The Trouble with Never," both of which are slyly eccentric takes on the kind of over-amped boogie Van Halen perfected as a bar band back in the mid-1970s.
Justin Farrar