David Lee Roth returns as frontman for Van Halen, with songs that are scraps from the collective's late '70s glory days. This, of course, has caused some serious debate amongst die-hard fans, but once they get that first taste of old VH licks, they're happy there's more to come. Album opener "Tattoo" misdirects with its straight-ahead radio rock feel, but then there's the 1976 demo itself, "She's the Woman," rejiggered to see the light of day in 2012. Songs like "China Town," "You and Your Blues" and "Bullethead" justly convey Eddie's signature guitar tones and shreds in a structure that's purely classic VH. Roth's signature vox may be a little worse for wear, but his choruses will stick in your head long after the songs are over.
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