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Much better than I dared hope,
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This review is from: A Different Kind Of Truth (Audio CD)
OK - cards right out on the table. VH were a big part of my musical youth (which is more than can be said for Musical Youth) - back in the late-70s and early 80s I saw the Roth incarnation twice and they will remain one of my all-time faves.
Forget the Sammy years (much as I loved most of it) or VHIII, we are discussing the return of Diamond Dave. The world has turned through trash-talking, substance abuse, reunion tours and more rumour mill than output - yet here we are.
So what we got? Dave's wise-cracking crazy Zen wisdom? Check. A rehabilitated EVH firing on all musical cylinders? Check. A thunderous rhythm section? Check. A bunch of 70s songs redone? Semi-check. This is a brave and interesting step backwards to go forwards and it works much better than you would think. You do need to give the album a fair crack of the whip as it's not too immediate -repeated plays will reward though.
I didn't really get 'Tattoo' at first but as with everything on here, it's a grower. There's nothing to compete with say 'Runnin' WIth The Devil' or 'Unchained' or 'Romeo Delight' but it's good, good stuff and considering all the water under the bridge, it's amazing this record got made at all let alone as successfully as this. I do miss Mike though.
I was all ready to forget the whole thing as for a few years there it looked like they had p*ssed their legacy and reputation away. Now - if they tour the UK, I'm there! Some people made points about the sound quality and I would agree with that unfortunately. EVH through 21st century technology should equal eyebrow removal at 20 feet this is a little too compressed for my tastes. What would Ted have done???