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  • Summary: The first album from Van Halen in 14 years sees the band reunited with David Lee Roth.
  • Record Label: Interscope
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Arena Rock, Pop-Metal
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    The first comeback album in history by an iconic rock act that stands up against anything else on the shelves today.... This is the mighty Van Halen at their best.
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    Instead of trying to fit into the past, Van Halen are using their history to revive their present and they succeed surprisingly well on A Different Kind of Truth.
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    Van Halen have found their dazzle without a hassle.
  4. 70
    Over 13 tracks, A Different Kind of Truth offers the same youthful escape that sold the band to millions worldwide over 30 years ago.
  5. Feb 9, 2012
    If the songs are based on 1970s demos, that was a wise move, because wherever these 13 tunes came from, there isn't a single Waldo on the bus.
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    It's not perfect--it's too long by a third, David Lee Roth often sounds like a 2 A.M. drunk doing David Lee Roth at karaoke, and a Kinks cover wouldn't have killed them. But the album clearly aspires to both be part of the canon, and, if need be, serve as an entry point.
  7. Mar 22, 2012
    A disappointment. [Apr 2012, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    In evaluating this album, I compared "A Different Kind Of Truth" to Van Halen's catalog, (which includes two other 10/10 albums in "Van Halen" of 1978, and "1984" of 1984,) and also to other successful, "comeback" albums, e.g. The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" of 2006 and AC/DC's "Black Ice" of 2008. Of successful comeback albums, this is the best I've heard since Steely Dan's remarkable return to form on "Two Against Nature," (2000). Like Steely Dan, Van Halen's signature sound is intact; however, now there's something new -- in Steely Dan's case, it was sonic; in Van Halen's case, it's Roth's grade-A lyrics. Who knew that David Lee Roth was this intelligent..? (Admit it -- until you read these lyrics, you didn't.) If these lyrics are any indication, he's one of rock's most intelligent singers -- he simply makes no artistic pretensions. Aside from Roth's greatly lyrics, "A Different Kind Of Truth" could've been, sonically, the bands 5th album if -- instead of going pop on "Diver Down," the band continued its descent into darkness following "Fair Warning." Like that album, I don't hear a single, but also like that album, every track is excellent. No filler. This is a potential album of the year candidate. Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2012
    This might just be the best Van Halen album since their debut! That's right folks, even better than the mighty 1984! It tops anything the band has released for decades, and with Roth back in the fold that isn't so surprising. His vocals are a bit rusted but who's arent after 20 plus years. For his age and how long he's been singing he sounds fantastic! This certainly is a CD for the ages. I reviewed this in a video and gave it a 9.8, but no decimals here so rounding up to a perfect 10. The onlly thing this album lacks is strong lyrics, but those were never really Van Halen's strong spot. Expand
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    Everything a Van Halen fan could've hoped for. Eddie flexes throughout, showing it's never a good idea to write off The King. Dave is his Diamond Dave best, tongue in cheek lyrics and delivery intact. Alex slays the drums and Wolf is impressive on bass, despite cries for MA. There's been alot of backlash about hitting up their old demo's for this album, so what? What band DOESN'T do that? Like they get rid of unused riffs and whatnot...ridiculous. This album smokes, an outright beast. Expand
  4. May 26, 2012
    I wasn't disappointed when I heard that this album was composed of material the band had reworked from over a decade ago. In my opinion, DLR Van Halen is better than SH Van Halen so it was nice to hear that these songs were made when the band was in its prime. The result is an incredibly fun album to listen to. Each song has the classic Van Halen flavor, and fun feel from back in the 1984 days. My only complaints are that DLR's voice does show some age throughout this album, taking away from his range, and my second complaint was that I personally wasn't fond of the track Blood and Fire. Other than that, this album is a great listen and tons of fun. Expand
  5. Feb 10, 2012
    Like many Van Halen fans, I've been waiting a long time for this album, hoping it would be an excellent record. And that's exactly what it is: excellent. The classic Van Halen sound of the Roth years has returned to glory. David Lee Roth, despite his voice sounding a little tired and less energized at times, still blazes his way throughout the album's 13 songs. The guitar riffs aren't as memorable, but Eddie Van Halen continues to prove his six-string mastery, pumping out screaming solos on every song. There is a strange void due to the absence of Michael Anthony, which is the main reason I didn't give this album a 10. But ultimately, "A Different Kind of Truth" is a must-have for Van Halen fans and anyone who appreciates rock 'n roll. Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2012
    Nothing really original here. The sound isn't that good and I was expecting some crazy guitar riffs and thrills. This release was bland and I could have easily missed it. I wanted powerful guitar solos that would make me exited to hear more. This is not what I expected from the master of guitars. Expand
  7. Feb 12, 2012
    I'm a lifelong VH fan, Van Halen and Van Hagar. I even had some positive things to say about VH III, even though Gary tried to sound like Sammy too much (and didn't need to). So, naturally, I'm curious about this album, but walked in with low expectations. Even those weren't met. This is such a boring, monotonous CD that even Wolfie's outstanding bass playing, the pretty darn good replication of Anthony's vocal sound and the musical genius of the brothers Van Halen can't make up for how absolutely horrible the songs are. So poorly written, even in **** terms. Vocally, it's embarrassing. I appreciate the attempt, but you've shot and missed. How VH felt good about recording, mixing, mastering and releasing a song in 2012 as dumb as "Stay Frosty," I will never know. I can only assume it was the alcohol. Expand

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