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Van Halen III

2.3 out of 5 stars 315 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002NGS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 315 customer reviews
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1. Neworld
2. Without You
3. One I Want
4. From Afar
5. Dirty Water Dog
6. Once
7. Fire In The Hole
8. Josephina
9. Year To The Day
10. Primary
11. Ballot Or The Bullet
12. How Many Say I

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Import pressing of their 1998 album. Out of print in the US. Warner.

Having jettisoned yet another lead singer, casting off meat-and-potatoes rocker Sammy Hagar for leaner, cleaner former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone, Van Halen ushers in its third incarnation with the appropriately titled 3. Trouble is, as a lyricist, Cherone too often speaks from the head, not the heart, filling the album with political cant that is dry and ill-suited to the band's party-hearty image. Worse, Cherone sounds disconcertingly like Hagar, giving 3 the uncomfortable feel of a tribute album. And while Eddie Van Halen's guitar still mows down anything in sight on tracks like "Neworld" and "From Afar," it's difficult to excuse his new-agey keyboard epic "How Many Say I," or his tentative lead vocal on the track. In a rare instance for a great band, it's one step forward, two steps back. --Daniel Durchholz

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 2 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fact: Van Halen screwed themselves when they went through the whole Sammy-quit-now-Dave-is-back-no-he-isn't thing. The fans were ticked that they been tricked into thinking David Lee Roth was coming back in 1996. And then when they found out that Gary Cherone was lead singer? Utter disappointment.

Not from me, though. I'd been following Cherone for years and his touch on Extreme's III Sides To Every Story was absolutely sublime. If he, lyrically and vocally, could follow that album, the new Van Halen could very well be the most mature and progressive thing they'd ever done. I mean, don't forget: After the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, people were so impressed with Cherone that the question was, "When will he be joining Queen?"

Van Halen III was as complex and mature as we'd hoped. But vocally, something was wrong. Listening to this album, Cherone is not singing in his old style. He's shrieking, pushing his voice to the breaking point, and sounding unfortunately a lot like Sammy Hagar, confusing fans even more. On top of that, when I played the album I noticed right away that something didn't sound right with the band itself. Turns out, I was right -- Michael Anthony only played on 3 tracks. The rest was all Eddie on bass and backing vocals. That, to me, is the main reason this doesn't sound like a Van Halen album. 1/2 of the band we'd been used to since 1986 was gone, not just 1/4. Listen to the backing vocals on the first single "Without You". The "Work it, work it out," part. Where's Mike? Nowhere. Doesn't sound like Van Halen vocals, does it?

Van Halen III (still don't really get the name) is a semi-triumph for the band. It is long, mature, diverse, progressive, and paradoxically it is also similar to 1984, soundwise.
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VAN HALEN III is easily Van Halen's most critically reviled, hated album. The fans were shocked and dismayed, and ultimately this album lost Van Halen's record contract with Warner. And why?

First off, the album is not as bad as everything says. It's certainly not a great Van Halen record, but if Gary Cherone's band had released it, people would be wondering who the hell that guitarist was. In many ways, VAN HALEN III has a lot of similarities to Pink Floyd's FINAL CUT.

The biggest problem with III is tone. With BALANCE, and a handful of tracks from BALANCE's predecessor, FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, Eddie was trying to move Van Halen away from the party-hearty image that so long defined them, and was trying to reinvent the band as a socially conscious, more mature band. BALANCE found Van Halen balancing two major defitinions of their band, the partying, feel-good rock and rollers ("Amsterdam", "Big Fat Money,") with the more politically aware, socially concerned world citizens. (a la U2's Bono) The problem with that is Sammy Hagar was in the band. While I've always liked Sammy, he's always been about partying and getting into girls' pants (but then, so was David Lee Roth and the rest of the band).

Exit Hagar, enter Cherone. While Hagar wrote and sang from the heart and gut, and just wanted to hang out on a beach somewhere with a hot chick, Cherone instead wrote much more from a head perspective, preoccupied with intellectual concerns. Cherone has some songs about women, but the songs on III are primarily concerned with political and social matters.

Some of these political, social songs fall flat.
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By A Customer on Sept. 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply, this is not Van Halen. Not even close. Save your money and buy anything else on this website. ANYTHING. From the first song to the last song (can I consider "How Many Say I" a song?), it is like dropping a bomb on every memory you have of the once mighty band that rocked for over two decades. There is a reason why the front art of the CD is a guy getting a cannonball blasted into his stomach. This is what every loyal fan wanted to do to themselves after hearing what Van Halen had become. When did VH use their music for political reasons? "The Ballot Or The Bullet"??? Give me the "Bullet" anyday and I will thank you for it instead of listening to this. Just make sure it is in the ear as I would hate to hear this CD again. "Fire In The Hole"??? Throw this CD into it. "One I Want" sounds like something that the Captain and Tenille wrote and threw away because it was so awful, even for them. I have been and always will be a loyal fan of the Roth and Hagar years, and this is a slap in the face to any VH fan. Where are Alex's powerful drums? All we get is a hollow echo. WHERE'S THE BASS??? Did Michael Anthony go on vacation and nobody noticed? "Once" is awful, and I wish I could say that is how many times I heard this CD. But I kept going back with the hope that it would get better. It didn't. For God's sake use your money and buy lunch, anything but this CD. I am not joking. The Collector's Edition I so foolishly bought on the first day the CD came out has not seen the light of day and has failed miserably in my attempt to sell it on EBay as any VH fan would not even duplicate my ridiculous purchase.Read more ›
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