Sound — 8
1984 is hard rock band Van Halen's sixth studio album. If you're looking for a great heavy band with lots of guitar solos and catchy songs, then this is probably the album you want. I would consider this album Van Halen's greatest, it's full of straight out rock that will get you hooked in seconds. It's hard just to listen to one song without wanting to listen to more. Almost (if not every) song on this album is very well constructed, from the balance to the song structure. The album contains 9 tracks, which doesn't seem like it's too little. But a closer look will reveal that the albums total time is just slightly over half an hour. It's quite dissapointing considering how great each individual song is, and it is obviously one of the bigger flaws with this album. The band however sounds incredibly close, and almost everything fits together like a charm. Every member of the band seems to know exactly what the other one is doing and reacts accordingly to create a sound that's really great. The band consists of four members; Eddie Van Halen on guitar and keyboards, Alex Van Halen on percussion, Michael Anthony on bass, and finally David Lee Roth on lead vocals. Eddie Van Halen has already proven himself a true master of the electric guitar, from his crazy tapping skills and amazing ability to create wicked solos. This album lives up to his expectation, but on top of just playing guitar he also proves to people that he is not limited to it by playing keyboard as well. It really adds another dimension to the band and it's music, and adds a bit of an unexpected twist to the album. Alex Van Halen's drumming skills are also great as usual, always keeping time even when doing a solo or complicated fill. Finally, Michael Anthony's bass playing is decent. Fairly straight forward for a rock song.. He keeps the beat perfectly, there's no doubt about it, but that's all he seems to do. Overall, this was a great album with almost every song a great hit that you'll listen to a lot. The length of the album is dissapointing, and there are other small little flaws with it that make it just a bit off of being perfect.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are fairly simple, but that's not to say they're bad. For the most part, they're just the normal rock lyrics you've heard thousands of times, but it suits the style of the songs and helps contriubute to what makes the album's songs feel so smoothly done. On actual vocals we have David Lee Roth. He's a great singer, who has a wide range that he uses very well, and is obviously very energetic sounding, which really helps add that extra bit to the songs. Overall his vocals are amazing, and anyone who likes any form of rock should have no trouble getting into them.
Overall Impression — 8
1984 is a fantastic album, full of tons of hits that you won't stop listening to for a long time. In my opinion the first time you listen through the album will be the same as the next and the next after that. It's great, but it's not the type of album with deep amounts of depth, it's just good for fast paced rock. Some of my favourites from it are "Jump", "Panama", "Hot for Teacher" and "I'll Wait". In my opinion it's definitely Van Halen's best album to date, but the length and the straight-forwardness of the songs can be a bit annoying. If you're to buy any Van Halen album, this is the one to buy. It's great.