Having initially hated it for many years, I actually like the album now. It's not amazing, and some parts really do suck (EVH singing... ), but as a straight-up hard rock album it does exactly what it needs to.

And yeah, I would say it's the least Van Halen of any their discog, but it's another side to them which makes for good variety - at different times I find myself enjoying the DLR albums, Hagar albums and even VHIII. Good scope of choice, in the end. If people hate it, then at least they have 9 other albums to choose from!

(Had I made this post 4 years ago, it would've been filled with pure hatred for the album. I'm glad I grew up.)