Van Halen: Diver Down|
Artist: Van Halen
Last Reviewed On: July 5, 2000 (by Michelle)
on July 5, 2000
Okay, so this record had allot of covers on it ("(Oh) Pretty Woman" (of which they left out a verse), "Big Bad Bill (is sweet william now)" and "Happy Trails". But for a generation (Gen X thank you very much..) these are the original versions right here. Whenever I hear Roy Orbison's version of Pretty Woman, It just doesn't sound right to me even though he originated the song. Whenever I hear the infamous forgotten verse, it just sounds weird. But that aside, I am one of the rare VH fans that actually really like this album. I think the album screams personality and fun, and at this point I was beginning to really see that aspect of Van Halen. And I liked that. That was something DLR brought to the band as it just wasn't there anymore after he left. All I can say about this album is that while it may not be VH's best, it certainly is a defining moment in their career as it established them as one of the most fun party bands in rock and roll. And "Little Guitars" still has one the best guitar and drum grooves around to this day.
-- Scott and Michelle