Possibly because only one single, "So This Is Love," was released from it, "Fair Warning" was the lowest-selling and least popular of Van Halen's first six efforts. But NEVER judge an album by sales alone.
"Fair Warning," although it is barely more than half an hour in length, features some of the deepest and most complex work Van Halen ever produced. It's often considered the band's darkest record, but those people are forgetting about the toe-tapping party smash "Unchained," which just might be the best song from the band's David Lee Roth era.
"Mean Street" opens the record with a guitar solo that is virtually impossible for anyone other than Eddie Van Halen to play, and the song's main guitar hook is standard, top-of-the-line EVH material. "Dirty Movies" is a slow, mellower song that happens to be about exactly what the title implies. "Sinner's Swing," a fast, upbeat rocker that's completely opposite from the two tracks sandwiching it, contains DLR's first recorded F-word! "Hear About It Later" is much like track two, with the same laid-back style, yet it still retains that good ol' classic Van Halen shine.
"Unchained" speaks for itself, and should be reason enough to buy the album. "Push Comes to Shove" (which features a catchy opening bass hook) and "So This Is Love" are a pair of good-but-not-awesome songs, one slow, the other fast. The intrumental bit "Sunday Afternoon in the Park" goes together with the album closer, "One Foot out the Door." Both tracks have backing music from Eddie's synthesizer - the infamous synthesizer that was ever-present on the last DLR record, 1984.
Sure, the album may be short, but that doesn't stop it from being great. No matter how many more rock albums come and go in the future, "Fair Warning" should not be neglected.