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  • The title of the review says it all. Diver Down is the great overlooked Van Halen album. In my opinion it’s one of their best albums but for some reason it’s just overlooked by everyone. It was a great followup to an even greater album, Fair Warning. Diver Down for the most part is half cover songs and half originals with some instrumentals thrown in. I’ll review the cover songs first. The first cover on the album is of the Kinks’ classic Where Have All the Good Times Gone?, the Mighty Van Halen’s version blows the original away. The only hit from this album was the cover of Roy Orbison’s (OH)Pretty Woman, they did a great version of this song also. They also cover the classic song Dancing in the Streets, a lot of people say this is their worst song but I thin they did an excellent job on the song, David Lee Roth sounds great. The last two covers on the album are strange ones indeed, the first one is called Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)it is a very slow ragtime sounding song, it features Jan Van Halen (Eddie and Aelx’s father) on clarinet, then the song that closes the album is Happy Trails, the VH boys do a great song on this song also, the background vocals are great and Dave’s voice fits the song. So that’s the story on the cover songs, now the first original is called Hang em High. This song is typical early Van Halen and it’s amazing. Great guitar riff and eccentric drumming by Alex. Cathedral is a short Eddie instrumental, then it goes into Secrets. It is a good song, very underrated. Little Guitars is without a doubt the best song on the album, and no doubt one of Van Halen’s best. The song is very catchy and poppy. The last original on the album is The Full Bug, this is also one of the best Van Halen songs ever. There is a short acoustic intro before kicking into a great rocker. Everything about this album is great, any fan of great music should pick this up, don’t listen to what everybody says, and don’t overlook this masterpiece

    Posted on February 20, 2010