When I hit play for the first time after getting this album, I heard the driving “Slam Dunk”, and thought, this might be alright. Obviously, and shamelessly, Dave is trying to recapture the sound and the fury of the old Van Halen days, and does a fair job. Some of the lyrics are pretty silly, though, even for Dave. “Counter Blast” is pretty dumb, being all about computers and the internet. And I doubt Dave is too adept on a basketball court (“Slam Dunk”). The guitarists obviously have worshipped at the Eddie-Alter, and the double-bass drum pulse reeks of Alex Van Halen. Loved Dave in Van Halen, but without eachother, they don’t stand up so well. Sorry, Dave, but I still love ya! At least this towers above the musical abomination that is Van Halen III.
Diamond David Lee Roth is back in all his self-congratulatory glory. ”My game is better than ever / Winners, they come and go / Legends, they’re forever,” he boasts on ”Slam Dunk!” while his backup musicians play a galloping, surging rhythm that sounds much like early Van Halen. This will come as good news to the legions of old-VH fans mourning the group’s hastily aborted reunion effort of the mid ’90s. Roth’s voice still oozes with sleaze, and his charisma is palpable, even if he can’t scream with the authority of days past. But bear in mind that the DLR Band features one original Van Halen member. Guitarist John Lowery is a studio whiz, capable of approximating Eddie Van Halen’s harmonic squeals and lightning-fast leads, but neither he nor Roth can write like Eddie. And while tunes such as ”Slam Dunk!,” ”Counter-Blast,” and ”Little Texas” sound punchy, they lack that knockout blow Van Halen once delivered so effectively. Elsewhere, the DLR Band sound like prime-era Led Zeppelin, with Roth as frontman. This is certainly a fun listen. Just don’t expect the second coming of Van Halen. –Jon Wiederhorn
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Best Van Halen album since FAIR WARNING!
I love Vai too, but this is better than anything Dave did with him.
Two years after the 1996 reunion-gone-bust fiasco with the Van Halen brothers, hard rock’s last man standing is back with a vengeance that is a bit of a reminder of the whole “Eye of the Tiger” theme of the 3rd Rocky movie. Dave shows that he is not all “washed up” and that he still has it in him to put out a good, tough rock ‘n’ roll record. On this new DLR Band album, Dave goes back to the basics and dumps the synthesizers, using only the classic rock band quartet line-up of big guitars courtesy of John Lowery, Mike Hartman, & long-time friend Terry Kilgore; monster bass-work of John Lowery, B’ourbon Bob & Tom Lilly; and the pounding drum beat of Ray Luzier combined with his own vintage screeching to record an album that sounds more like Van Halen than Van Halen. He hasn’t gotten civilized, washed up, whipped, grown up, or sissified…with his music-writing, singing, performing, and over-all lifestyle…and he shows that he is hungry for the spotlight and ready for one more good run at the top of his game. The proof was clear when the smash hit single “Slam Dunk” was the #1 most requested hard rock song in the country for 4 weeks in a row!! This meat-and-potatoes hard-rock album is sure to have any long-time rock-n-roll fan reminiscing about the good ol’ days of drinking, dancing, and getting it on with a gorgeous gal without any regard for the morning after. Folks, run on down to the record store and buy it!! Or hell…save yourself some time and buy it right here on Amazon.com!!
When this thing came out, us David Lee Roth fans were apprehensive. In recent years, Dave’s music had become more experimental, covering jazz and blues tones..ultimately pulling him away from the original Van Halen frontman Rocker that we all knew him as.
Dave’s statement about this album: “People always said all I wrote and sang about was women, money, and partying. I never started out purposely doing that before, so I decided with this album, thats EXACTLY what I would do!”
DLR band bring’s the ROCK back to Dave, and he delivers it to us, the fans. This album is clearly a huge need during a time (when it was released) when the Band Van Halen, after dumping Dave to the curb again, was in disarray, and Sammy Hagar was busy arguing with them through the papers and such. So what does Dave do? The same thing he did in 1985, he went and assembled a great band, drew up some cool packaging for the CD, and let out all the jams with this dark, Razer sharp rock record.
Dave’s vocals are lowered to more of a wolves snarl in several of the tunes, and it definitley does not take away, but adds to, the power the record has from track to track. Tunes like “Slam Dunk” which the NBA has used on several CNN highlight reels, Blacklight, King of the Hill, and the melodic semi-ballad “goin places” with it’s awesome guitar intro, are just some of the hits that are laden throughout this album.
Dave’s humor and one liners are still evident in some songs, which for fans who miss the guy who said things like “do you remember when that girl was prommmm queeeeeen?” and “I lost my pen-cillll!” will be an open armed, welcome return.
Welcome back Diamond Dave, we’ve been expecting you!
1. Slam Dunk!
4. Lose the Dress (Keep the Shoes)
5. Little Texas
6. King of the Hill
7. Going Places…
8. Wa Wa Zat!!
11. Right Tool for the Job
13. Weekend With the Babysitter
14. Black Sand
That’s right folks Diamond David Lee Roth is back and he put out one of the best albums of his post Van Halen career. This album is equal parts Van Halen and David Lee Roth solo, and 100% fun. He proves to us once again that he is the best frontman of all time by putting out the most rockin album of 1998. I know I’m a little late with the review but hey better late than never. The Songs: Slam Dunk – The first single, very catchy Dave’s voice is great, excellent guitar work courtesy of John Lowery. 10/10Blacklight – Another rocker, with a great chorus and a a harmonica solo by the man himself. 8/10Counter – Blast – One of the best songs on the album, Dave’s voice is very powerful and the guitar part is very good. 10/10Lose the Dress (Keep the Shoes) – This is a decent song, great title but not as good as I thought it would be. 4/10Little Texas – Another decent song but there’s something about it and I just can’t get into it. 4/10King of the Hill – Great rocker, Dave’s voice is awesome, it just works. 9/10Going Places – Great acoustic based song featuring Terry Kilgore on guitar. 7/10Wa Wa Zat! – Awesome, nothing more to say. 10/10Relentless – Great guitar song, very solid rhythm part, vintage sounding Dave vocals. 9/10 Indeedio – Straight forward rocker, featuring the late Mike Hartman on guitar. Great song 8/10Right Tool for the Job – Not bad but definately one of the weaker songs on the album. 5/10Tight – Another awesome rocker, everything about it is great. 9/10 Weekend with the Babysitter – This another song that I expected to be better than it was, not really bad though. 6/10Black Sand – Masterpiece, this is a very melodic acoustic based song, this is really a masterpiece. Great guitar playing, great vocals. 10/10There you have it folks, my take on the DLR Band album, definately something worth checking out.