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Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)
Having proven its Sammy Hagar-led lineup a success with 5150, Van Halen followed that effort with OU812, an album that, despite its cheesy title, is every bit its predecessor's equal, burning with balls-to-the-walls hard rock that never leaves its pop sensibility far behind. From the sweeping power ballad "When It's Love" and the full-on rocker "Finish What Ya Started," to the stringbending showcases "A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)" and "Cabo Wabo" and even an uncharacteristic cover (of Little Feat's "A Apolitical Blues"), Eddie, Alex, Michael, and Sammy play with abandon and a palpable sense of fun. --Daniel Durchholz
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Let's just call this what it is - "The Ed, Al and Sammy Show". Did Michael Anthony play bass on this album? We'll never know, because Anthony's steady bass lines are virtually not existent. It's a shame too, because with a little more "meat", I think this album would get the credit that it deserves.
So rather than beat a dead horse, just realize that all the songs I talk about, would have been even better had this album been produced the way it was supposed to be.
"Mine All Mine" is technically a keyboard song, but don't let that scare you away - there is nothing "pop" about this song. "Mine All Mine" is a straightforward rocker that contains my favorite Eddie Van Halen guitar solo from ANY Van Halen album.
"When It's Love" is the cheesiest thing you'll hear from the band, but those "na-na-na's" at the end are just so darn fun. "Black & Blue" reminds me of "Best of Both Worlds", but that's not such a bad thing.
And then there's "Cabo Wabo" - the song that created the monster that is Sammy Hagar. Who would have thought, that almost 15 years after this album's release, Hagar would STILL be riding on the coattails of this song? First came the Cabo Wabo Cantina, and then came his successful line of Cabo Wabo Tequila. If you've never heard of Sammy's tequila, he'll be more than happy to tell you all about it. Just ask.
"Finish What Ya Started" is a song that Sammy will always take personal credit for. This song is the epitome of Hagar's often-stupid lyrics.Read more ›
I read in an interview that Eddie VH wanted to name this album "Rock n Roll" rather than "OU812." And it makes sense, because that's what this album is, purely and simply, rock n roll. If you like rock n roll played with originality and style, you'll like this album...the last great VH album before this great band began their descent into predictability, and ultimately, mediocrity.
"Mine All Mine" gets the album off to a catchy, thought-provoking start, and "When It's Love" is a typical but strong ballad that was the biggest hit of the album. "A.F.U." and "Cabo Wabo" are fine rockers, the later an epic 7-minute track. I also like the bluesy, different "Finish What Ya Started" (a pretty big hit in its day) and the rocking, heavy "Sucker In A 3 Piece". "A Apolitical Blues" is okay.
To the negatives--not that I hate any of these tracks, but they simply aren't VH's best. Sammy screams too much and without real purpose on "Source Of Infection". "Feels So Good" (a minor hit) is pretty meek--not as strong as most VH ballads. "Black And Blue" is a bit inane--both in terms of the lyrical content and the too-dragging guitar riff. (Hard to believe this was the lead single off this album.) Don't get me wrong--I still can enjoy listening to these tracks; they just aren't as good as most VH and/or Sammy songs.
All in all, this album is still definitely worth a listen. The band still rocks in plenty of places, and Eddie's guitar work is still top-notch. It's just not quite to the level of most of this band's work in their prime (i.e., 1978-1996).
"Mine All Mine" is a fast synth-driven tune (i.e., very little guitar) with a heavy message about a guy who's got all the material possessions he could want, but still isn't satisfied because he seeks something a little more spiritual. It'd be pretty heady stuff if it wasn't on the same album as such dumbed-down crotch rockers like "Black and Blue" (probably the weakest lead-off single from a VH album ever) and "Sucker In A Three Piece". Sammy Hagar can sing circles around David Lee Roth, but as a lyric writer he's pretty weak.
"When It's Love" is of two token power ballads here, but compared to the excellent "Dreams" and "Love Walks In" from the previous album, it's pretty generic. Why this one became a big hit and those two didn't is beyond me. "Feels So Good" is actually the better of the two ballads. The keyboards really enhance that one.
The twangy "Finish What You Started" was another big hit, and give them credit for doing something outside of the box, but it winds up sounding like little more than a John Mellencamp tune. The best songs on the disc are the ones that stick pretty close to the tried-and-true Van Halen drums-bass-and-guitaerobics - "A.F.U (Naturally Wired)", "Cabo Wabo", and "Source of Infection".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Sammy Hagar is great with Van Halen. There are quite a few interesting numbers on this record. I could do with less keyboards though.Published on Aug. 11 2013 by G1
Van Halen's second album with their then new lead singer Sammy Hagar, and eight overall, is a strong collection, falling just slightly behind the 1995 disc BALANCE as the third... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
"Lick Your Fingers Clean" for the "Benefit" of 'life, libety, the pursuit of my happiness (which protects yours very well)and truth' which is essential to 'Get... Read morePublished on July 31 2004 by Patton Pending
Though I also like the "David Lee Roth" era, because of my age I'm more of a "Van Hagar" person. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by H3@+h
OU812 is a great Van Halen album. The only dog here is "Finish What Ya Started", a black mark on an otherwise top-drawer album. Read morePublished on April 21 2004
everybody knows van halen was way better when diamond dave was in the group. every single van halen song with sammy hagar that i have heard sounds like the something micheal bolton... Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Dude