Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth comes out Feb 7, but we’ve got our hands on it already. Here’s our thoughts on the last few tracks of the new record:
Track 11 – “Stay Frosty” Wanna dedicate this one to the ladies. Yeah, it’s a re-write of “Ice Cream Man” complete with the acoustic guitar (the picking is even similar). But, you know what? It works. It’s fun – Dave’s not pushing his voice – and he even gives a good scream at the 3:29 mark. This is some vintage Diamond Dave-era VH.
Track 12 – “Big River” Has a thumping bass line very much like “Runnin’ With the Devil.” Another old re-worked 1976 demo. Over half the song is Eddie soloing, which is never a bad thing.
Track 13 – “Beats Workin’” Opens with a sinister set of long guitar chords – almost feels like AC/DC – like “Walk All Over You.” Great bassline, Wolfie – I’m hearing a little of “Day Tripper” in there. Lots of feedback at the end. Strong way to end the record.