Fair Warning review by Van Halen

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  • Released: Apr 29, 1981
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.1 (18 votes)
Van Halen: Fair Warning
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Sound — 10
If your a serious guitar player this album is for you, many will say VH is the best rock/metal album of all time but if thats true, and I'm sure it is, then Fair Warning is certaily the second, many bands and guitarists like John Petrucci and Joe Satch owe much to this legendary band. The opening track Mean Street is jaw dropping, aggressive and pure intoxication. The vocals of David Lee Roth are equally mesmerising and the magical fusion of Dave's voclas and Eddie's riffs made this band arguably the Greatest Rock Band for a decade and more, unfortunately this was never repeated with Hagar or Cherone. There are some very fine melodic and synth moments that show the direction that Van Halen were moving towards like Diver Down and 1984. Alex is fantastic on percussion and is reminiscent of John Bonham, Mike Anthony's funky bass lines add an extra dimesnion of fluidity texture and overall brilliance.

Lyrics — 10
David Lee Roth was and could still be the greatest front man ever. I'd hate to compare him to Bono, Plant, Cobain, Freddie Mercury or Axl Rose because they are all great, but that vocal swerving intensity fused with the rest of Van Halen put them, in my opinion as the greatest rock act ever.

Overall Impression — 10
If it was stolen, the guy wouldn't know what had hit him.

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