3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It`s great, of course, but...,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (Audio CD)
...I`m surprised some people think it`s up there with the other Roth-era undisputed classics. It doesn`t quite have the amazing panache of "Van Halen I", or the power and quirkiness of "Women and Children First", the grit and anger and speed of "Fair Warning", the strangeness of "Diver Down" and finally the awe-inspiring mix of styles and polish of "1984". It`s like their first album, except over the entire album it`s about 5 or 10% less of everything. "You're No Good" is not as good as "You Really Got Me", and there are a couple of tracks - "Bottoms Up!" and "DOA" - which are great tracks but I don`t think they quite compare with the quality of say, "I`m The One" or "On Fire". I love "Dance The Night Away", "Light Up The Sky", also "Women In Love" and classic-Roth closer "Beautiful Girls", and "Spanish Fly" is absolutely majestic, sort-of "Eruption"-unplugged from Eddie. You must buy it, it`s a fantastic album, but the fact is I listen to it slightly less than other VH (with DLR) albums, which are of course all unsurpassed in rock history as far as I`m concerned. Maybe I should have given it a five, but it`s a relative four - compared to the other five Van Roth albums.