Many did not like Van Hagar because of the fact that things slowed down and love songs were brought in. But on this album, Van Halen Mark II were one cohiesive unit. No Love Songs here. The only real ballad on here was "Right Now", which along with "Dreams" is one of their best ballads. The rest of the album is pretty hard rocking, except for 316, a slow instrumental dedicated to Eddie's son, Wolfgang, born March 16.
Poundcake-One of the hardest rocking openers. It makes me want to get up and jump and bang my head.
Judgment Day-The bottom heavy sound comes through on this track. A song telling people to leave each other alone, it is a mantra for me.
Spanked-The sleazy midnight feel. It has a great groove and continues the bottom heavy sound.
Runaround-Another song like Poundcake. It rocks hard as it deals with the woes of dealing with women.
Pleasure Dome-This was the most progressive song VH ever did. It was pretty cool, the way it just continued to build from beginning to end.
In 'N Out-Another great track that talks about money and the effect on peoples' lives.
Man on A Mission-This was a really fun track. Deals once again with lust and has a good groove.
The Dream is Over-This track encompasses my mood when I am down. I enjoy it a lot because I went through a situation which I felt the same way as this song conveys.
Right Now-One of VH's best ballads. It talks about taking the initiative. It also has some great guitar and keyboard work courtesy of Eddie.
Top of the World-Great closer to a great album.
In short, if you are a classic VH fan, but are not sure about Van Hagar because it does not rock as hard, and has too many love songs, give this album a second look, seriously. This is an album that even people who dislike Van Hagar should own.