OU812 was, and still is, the best album that Van Halen released with the singer Sammy Hagar. While not boasting the barnstorming singles that the band had on "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge", the album remains thoroughly consistent throughout. I was admittedly reluctant to buy this album at first due to the fact that the promotional singles were mostly ballads, eg "When It's Love", "Feels So Good". After listening to the album for the first time however, I realised that this reluctance was completely unfounded. The guitar sound is impressively huge and warm, the riffery and melody is rarely equalled by any band, and the guitar work remains as some of the most passionate of Eddie Van Halen's to date. Lyrically, the album is typically Sammy Hagar, they are sometimes crass and licentious. These are the type of lyrics that would make people assume that Van Halen are a 'Cock Rock' band, making meaningless, superficial music, the music however proves that they are so mch more than this. Songs like "Cabo Wabo" and "Black and Blue" reveal what genuine genius the band are, it is simply passionate, solid, honest and unpretentious rock music for the people who open-minded enough to listen to them, despite their irrelevance in British music of today. An understated masterpiece of modern rock and roll.