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Balance


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  • 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 (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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By Roger Nadeau on June 27 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
my favorite van halen album with Sammy hagar. i listen to this all the time, it's getting to the point my kids can sing the lyrics.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6 2003
Format: Audio CD
Oh geez, I think "Balance" and "Van Halen III" should be a two-CD set. Both fit so nicely. Van Halen "III" is flat, boring, and more serious and somewhat political. "Balance" is about the same; nothing interesting, flat-sounding songs, and a more serious flavor. Both CD's lack Van Halen's trademark feel-good, classic party-rock. There is nothing ear-catching about "Balance," so it's hard to describe this album. About the only bright spots are "Can't Stop Loving You," which I heard a lot when I was in junior high, and my favorite, "Not Enough." Sammy and the gang were superb on that song; very heart-felt and full of feeling. You know, "Feelin'" isn't too bad either. It has a razor-sharp edge to it, and cuts through you. I just wish the rest of the album could have been as good as these three. This may have been Sammy's final album with Van Halen, but it's great how they all teamed up again to record "Humans Being" for the "Twister" soundtrack, (which also appears on the "Best Of Vol. 1" album). That song is awesome! Just blows me away.
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Format: Audio CD
Can't Stop Lovin' You is the best song from the album because it is classic Van Halen. One of the best love songs on the album.

Not Enough is another personal favorite. Don't Tell Me (WHat love can do) the lead single is a great song.

Overall, Balance is a five-star album and Sammy Hagar delivers the goods on this album!!
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Format: Audio CD
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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