Sound — 10
I've only just started listening to Van Halen in the last couple of months. I'm a massive fan of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard (British metal/heavy metal). I'd heard some songs before such as Jump and Eruption, Aint Talkin Bout Love and Panama, but I had never really got into it. I started listening again and this time I grew a fondness to it. I had some spare B'day money left sop I bought this album to get a good collection of VH songs. I am a massive admirer of EVH and have been this I started playing and I've grown to respect his music a lot more now. The CD is a mix of all of VH's albums. Including the first ones such as Van Halen and Van Halen 2 to some of the later ones such as Balance and 5150 and even some new recordings. Including both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. It is a meal album, but it is classic metal so all the songs have a melody and it's singing not screaming. There is a lot of synth on this album. Some great soloing and both sets of vocals are really great.
Lyrics — 9
I haven't paid much attention to the lyrics but listening to Jump and songs like Panama and Hots For The Teacher, you can see that the songwriting ability is massive within Van Halen. They are some humourous lyrics and some more serious ones. As I said before, the vocals are really good. Nice and clear and loud.
Overall Impression — 9
I can't compare it to other albums by Van Halen but if you're new to Van Halen and you want to get started on them I highly reccomend this. If you're into Iron Maiden or Def Leppard, I reccomend this. The best songs are Hots for the Teacher, Panama, Jump, Eruption, Jamie's Cryin' and Aint Talkin Bout Love. I was hopinng it would have the song Atomic Punk but it doesn't so that's a bit disappointing for me. But I guess I can just download it. If it was lost or stolen I would reccomend buying it again. I got it for a couple of quid off eBay so it was cheap and a great buy.