Van Halen: Fair Warning|
Artist: Van Halen
Last Reviewed On: July 5, 2000 (by Michelle)
on July 5, 2000
Fair Warning is the best Van Halen album ever. Period. Granted this album may have been one of their worst selling albums, and don't ask me why because I thought this album rocked from the moment it was released. "Mean Street" revolutionized and solidified the two handed tapping technique Ed had been perfecting over the years. Millions of guitarists would imitate, but never quite get it right. There is a rawness to this record that I think, captures the band perfectly. Mikey is amazing on the bass, Alex grooves on the drums, and Ed just found riffs here that he has never duplicted again.
Ed has said that this was a very dark time for him. As unfortunate as that may be, the music hardly suffered. In fact, if this is what he does when in a dark place, I hope he keeps all the lights off at 5150.
I think that 'Sinner's Swing!" is perhaps that most awesome guitar riff ever written. If that song doesn't move you, i'm telling you right now, you don't like rock and roll. "So this is love?" and "Unchained" are also awesome songs. I really don't have a favorite song on this album. It just rocks from beginning to end. My only complaint, (if I have to have one that is, and what critic doesn't?) is that this album is far too short, but then, that just keeps you wanting more.
-- Scott and Michelle