Sound — 10
Eddie Van Halen's tone is so unique that it only takes you about a second to recognise it. I once did a test by playing three different versions of You Really Got Me for about 3 seconds. It was unbelivably obvious which one was by Van Halen! There a also a few songs where Eddie plays a synthisiser instead of a guitar. The songs are all extremly entertaining and fun to listen to.
Lyrics — 10
Who writes a love song about aliens?!? The the messed and twisted, but no less briliant lyrics of Van Halen shine on this album! I don't know if it is considered lyrics, but what Sammy Haggar says during Panama Live is pretty funny and entertaining. Haggar and David Lee Roth are both exellent singers. And for thouse of you wondering, the love song about aliens is Love Walks In. That is probably the best song lyricly that you will ever hear by Van Halen.
Overall Impression — 9
The only problem I had with this CD is that when you listen to all of one CD, a lot of the songs start to sound the same. But there are a lot more goods then bads. My favorite part of the album is the three songs, Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, Panama and Jump that they recorded live. When you listen to these, you can just fell the atmospher that must have been there.