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Van Halen III
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Juste après que Sammy Hagar ne fasse plus partie du groupe, c'est comme un dernier enregistrement dans la même lignée de ''Balance'' avant le retour de David Lee Roth... Read morePublished on July 30 2012 by PA
After the success of Balance and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, this album is a huge disappointment and the only decent song on this album is Without You and Fire in the Hole. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2006 by Jason Hutton
Veering away from their great days with Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth, th=is album was not nearly as well performed nor did it have any catchy tunes. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2004
Its in my opinion that this isn't so bad of an album. Its not among their best, but I particularly like the songs
Fire in the Hole
A Year to the Day
I... Read more
I don't know what's gone into all the Van Halen fans- be it of Dave or Sammy era. This album is so differently beautiful. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
Even if Gary Cherone's voice does not match Hagar's or Roth's quality, the album has really good rockers, one of them even was used in the soundtrack of a movie. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by carlos
Well, this is not your typical VH album, but in my mind, Gary Cherone, gives a good shot at filling some big shoes. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Jonathan Weller
Wow! This album has to be one of the worst ever created. I'd rather dunk my head in an unflushed toilet than be subjected to this filth again. Please Eddie, wrap it up!Published on July 3 2004
I think that any Van Halen fan willing to look at this album from an objective point of view, and take it for what it is -an Edward Van Halen solo album, can't deny that this is a... Read morePublished on June 25 2004