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For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge


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  • Audio CD (June 18 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LPD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
The third Van Hagar album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, is the most pedestrian of all of Van Halen's albums. This is easily the worst Van Hagar album. Not that it's bad, just rather average. Of the four Van Halen albums with Sammy, this one sounds the most like his solo career, with the only difference being some good guitar licks from Maestro Eddie

In many ways, this album marks the end of an area. Though no one knew it at the time, alterative was poised to overthrow hair metal and was about to become a dominant, musical cultural force. Van Halen released this album in June of 1991, a mere three months before Nirvana released NEVERMIND, the album that would change everything in the rock landscape. Van Halen's catalogue up to this point has always been primary had a party atmosphere, and this album is the last in the celebration line. Balance, the 1995 followup to this album, is a much darker affair, and VAN HALEN III Eddie changed directions both for the band image and the lyrical direction completely. In many ways, this is the last feel-good, everything's a party atmosphere that so dominated Van Halen as a band. Sammy Hager, however, is still cashing in on that atmosphere (just like at his hard-rock send up of Jimmy Buffet in "Livin' It Up" from 2006).

The album title is a well known acronym. Originally, Sammy Hagar just wanted to call the album "F--- " in a attempt to press the censorship issues, but after being told by his boxing friend Ray Boom Boom Mancini that word is an acronym for "for unlawful carnal knowledge," he back away from this flat vulgarity and went with this title. Promo material made a big deal out of this, with T-shirts sold during the 1991 tour having the title written vertical on the t-shirt with the first letter written in bright red.
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Format: Audio CD
David Lee Roth was the voice of Van Halen for a long time and then Sammy Hagar came into the fold and the result was #1 album for the band in 1991 with For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Right Now, Runaround, Poundcake and Top of the world are the best songs from this album. Van Halen delivers the goods with this album and this is the best album from Van Halen in a long time and produced the mega-hit, Right Now.

That is the best song from Van Halen since Jump.

Van Halen rocks on this album!!
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Format: Audio CD
All of the tracks are quite enjoyable. Compare it to any other VH album (including DLR) and this one gives you the best overall CD. The DLR VH had some better singles but this is the best album. There's a reason this one was a GRAMMY winner.
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By A Customer on July 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
The message on this is simple: It's the best one they made with Hagar as the frontman. The music sounds good, as always, but it has a harder edge than usual with Van Hagar. The music ROCKS: The drums hit really hard, the guitar cranks, and it is mixed really well. Perhaps more importantly, HAGAR CARRIES HIS WEIGHT ON THIS ONE. His voice is really strong. And there aren't any lovey-dovey lyrics like he writes so often that would make David Lee Roth (or any true Van Halen fan) puke. There is no question that this CD deserves the nod for "Van Hagar's Best."
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By A Customer on June 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
...this album rocks pretty hard for a Van Halen album with Hagar.If you're looking for cheesy ballads like "Dreams" and "Love Walks In" well this is NOT the VH album for you.On this stint,Van Halen actually sounds like Van Halen again.Alex's thunderous drumming and Eddie's ear shattering guitar work really shine here especially on tracks like "Poundcake" and "Runaround" which find the band rockin' hard like the old days.If i were to point out a weakness on this album,I would have to say it would be the weird "Pleasure Dome" track.Kind of experimental on the band's part and just very "Un-Van Halen-like".But other than that,this is a hard rockin' album and probably the best with the red rocker.Now that they're back I wonder if they can cook up something real nice after the boring "Balance" album.However that new single is soundin' pretty hard and heavy...hopefully a sign of things to come!LONG LIVE VAN HALEN!!!
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By A Customer on April 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE is another great Van Halen album. It's lyrics prove that Sammy Hagar is a better writer than David Lee Roth ever was, as you can actually take inspiration from the song "The Dream Is Over", which in itself explains why I prioritized keeping in shape over going back to my old school's Thanksgiving dinner. "Right Now" is a socially-conscious midtempo piece that warns us that if you make a stupid mistake, everyone, including yourself, will pay the price with their health and looks. Even on FAIR WARNING, David Lee Roth never managed anything as trenchant as these two songs. Get this one, 5150, OU812, 1984, the debut, and FAIR WARNING first, then buy the other albums, but don't clutter up your living space with DIVER DOWN, BALANCE, or III.
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By A Customer on April 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of Van Halen's strongest and heaviest albums with Sammy Hagar. There are no vomit squealing love songs with a tacky keyboard on this record. However the record is just so rock cliche'd and cheesy "Aint no way round the system" Sammy screams "Hey it depends on how you see it", Sammy roars again "get nothing free" Sammy says. Its enough to burst those pubertal spots. And then we have Eddie with his thirty second virtuoso leadbreaks, then Sammy roars again that "he's a man on a mission for action with no respect"
Musicians as good as Hagar and Van Halen should be producing more intelligent records than the usual mainstream rock album they have produced since the fantastic first Van Halen album. But looking back that was also a bit cheesy. If you like Van Halen, its probably worth getting "Unlawful Carnal", after you have purchased VH 1, 2, Fair Warning and 1984.
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