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Balance


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Balance + For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge + OU812
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 24 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002MUQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Seventh Seal
2. Can't Stop Lovin' You
3. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
4. Amsterdam
5. Big Fat Money
6. Strung Out
7. Not Enough
8. Aftershock
9. Doin' TIme
10. Baluchitherium
11. Take Me Back (Deja Vu)
12. Feelin'

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Import pressing of their 1995 album. Out of print in the US. Warner.

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No numeric or anagrammatic puns in the title of album #11, a sure sign that a new chapter is opening for these monsters of '80s rock. The band's formula has been polished to a blinding gleam here by producer Bruce Fairbairn, and there's a formidable mix of radio cuts (the first single "Don't Tell Me," "Can't Stop Lovin' You"), boneheaded rawk numbers ("Amsterdam," "Big Fat Money") and towering, cinematic epics ("The Seventh Seal," "Feelin'"). --Jeff Bateman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 25 2010
Format: Audio CD
The truth is, you never know exactly what a new Van Halen album will sound like, except that you could always count on awesome guitar playing, the odd boogie, and (post-1984) some piano and keyboards here and there. Balance, Van Halen's final studio album with Sammy Hagar on vocals (though nobody knew it then) takes Van Halen into a highly polished, poppy direction balanced with heavier, more serious grooves. Unfortunately the pop material is out of step with the groovier stuff, and completely out of step with what was happening in the mid-90's.

Produced by the late Bruce Fairbairn, Balance borders on overproduced. The sounds are rich, thick and polished, but miles away from the raw guitar pummelling of the early days or even the previous For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album. Eddie, in a Guitar World interview, said the album was characterized by "better song writing", but what he really meant was "more commercial".

The album starts with a bang, a very different bang: Gregorian chants merge into a heavy guitar riff accented by a wall of droning fills. This is "The Seventh Seal", and Sammy's voice is in top form. Michael Anthony's bass rolls and hits key catchy notes at just the right moments. This is truly a great song, and completely different from Van Halen of old.

The next tune (and second single), however, "Can't Stop Loving You", is am embarassing foray into pop. While Van Halen wrote pop before ("Love Walks In"), this song lack cojones of any kind. The guitar is really thin, Alex Van Halen cha-cha's his way through the drum fills, and Sammy sings a lyric that David Lee Roth would have used as toilet paper.

Like day and night, the next song "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)" is anything but a love song.
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Why all the criticism of this album? If you are a VH fan of the Sammy years, then this album should be right up your alley with the rest of them. This album is better overall than "OU812" and right in there with "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge".
In this day and age, I give classic bands high marks that are able to keep their original sound while blending in the best of some contemporary elements--as opposed to totally selling out their sound or remaining exactly the same as they were 20 years ago. While grunge was still plaguing the rock music scene when this album came out, the VH guys moved forward with an album that was both true to their sound and yet contained just the slightest hints of modern rock. Take the guitar riffs on the first single "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)". Clearly this song rocks, but it has that slightly modern rock tinge to it. Don't let that mislead you if you haven't heard the track--it sounds good. "Can't Stop Lovin' You" was the second single and a great power ballad. I prefer this song to "When It's Love" off of OU812, although the latter was a much bigger hit. While some will say this track has a "been there, done that" feel to it, to me it is an improvement on that type of track.
Onto other songs, many of which made it on to rock radio as a needed breath of fresh air in 1995...."The Seventh Seal" is an epic rocker with searing vocals and a catchy guitar riff to lead off the album. "Aftershock" is a nice rocker later on the album. "Not Enough" is one of the softest track VH has ever done, but it is heartfelt and nice with a strong keyboard backing that sounds more like piano than synthesizer.
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Format: Audio CD
"Balance" was an album I absolutely hated when it first came out in early 1995. Grunge/alternative was in full swing and I expected Van Halen to deliver some good dumbed-down arena rock to take me away from all the plodding, whiny, self-important tripe being put out in that era. Instead, I got Van Halen's most intellectual album to date, with a lot of moody pieces that seemed to be trying to mimic the climate of the times. Over time though I grew to like it somewhat, although I think it is still pretty low on my list of favorite VH albums.
Ironically, the two songs that qualify as dumbed-down arena rock, "Big Fat Money" and "Amsterdam" are actually the weakest on the album. Musically, "Amsterdam" is an excellent (if predictable) VH song, but the lyrics - "Wam bam, oh Amsterdam, stones you like nothing else can" - pure poetry there, Hagar. And "Big Fat Money" is just plain lame on all levels. Van Halen proved they could do quasi-speed metal with "Get Up" from "5150", but this is just a sloppy mess. In press interviews for promoting this album Hagar described "Big Fat Money" as "this album's 'Panama' or 'Why Can't This Be Love'," but let me tell you, he was just plain WRONG.
"Can't Stop Loving You", as the title suggests, is equally trite but this one works well. It's unashamedly pop, with a chime-sounding guitar tone similar to Def Leppard's later work.
Keyboards are intentionally low key here, with only the organic ballad "Not Enough" getting a bit of piano treatment. "Not Enough" is hardly the best ballad VH has ever done, but it's at least a nice change from the synth-heavy stuff they had been churning out since the "1984" days. "Take Me Back" is another stripped-down ballad that works well.
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