Van Halen
1984


5.0
classic

Review

by Blakethemusicman123 USER (8 Reviews)
January 26th, 2015 | 122 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Marks the end of an era

After Van Halen's 5th release, Diver Down, fans seemed unhappy. That was because the album consisted of 5 covers, 3 intro songs, and ends up with a total of 12 songs. Van Halen took time off after releasing 5 albums in a row from 1978-1982. During this time, Eddie was writing songs and was using keyboards used in his studio made in his backyard and about a year later, the band went in the studio to record their most successful album to date, 1984.

1984 is an album every Van Halen fans knows. This is their most successful album in sales from 10x platinum in the United States alone! The album has 4 successful hit singles which helps make this one of the best Van Halen albums ever done. In the hard rock community, they were quickly recognized, 1984 helped them create an ever larger fan-base. It has circumstances that the album was written in. Most of the songs were written in his backyard set up as a studio with keyboard-oriented songs infused with hard-edged rock which is how they got noticed (from their self-titled debut). At this time, they made more radio-friendly music with a fusion of pop, noticed in Jump. The band was well-known for the power they had in their music.

1984's aspects was that both the well known songs and lesser known songs are both great. An example of it is Drop Dead Legs with a fantastic intro with great rhythm work from Eddie. Or House of Pain. This isn't just hard rock, it's heavy metal. It starts off with a very cool riff then Alex pounds away with a very good performance from David. Top Jimmy is influenced by earlier work with a nice hook to it.
The title track has very interesting synth work to start off the album.

I don't usually say this but, the hits off of 1984 are the main standouts of the album, and it's not hard to tell why. Jump has everything you could want, it's catchy and has 2 fantastic solos done by Eddie (guitar going into keyboard). Panama has their talents displayed for their usual party rock style with Eddie's guitar wizardry, Alex's heavy drumming, Dave's impressive vocals, and Michael's back-up vocals with the high harmonies. It has a simple chorus, but works just fine. I'll Wait is completely keyboard-driven, but it fits the album perfectly, but it does a great guitar solo as usual. Then we get to the high point of the album, Hot for Teacher. It has a mind-blowing drum intro and an amazing guitar solo in the beginning. The song is quite well-known for it's dialogue and it's awesome chorus:

Quote:
Got it bad
Got it bad
Got it bad
I'm hot for teacher
I got it bad, so bad
I'm hot for teacher
I know it's quite hard to take a song title like Hot for Teacher seriously, but it displays the band perfectly for what they did.

If I have to say that there is one song that doesn't stand out as much as the rest, there is one song. It's not bad at all, but there are weaknesses to the song. The song is Girl Gone Bad. It has great guitar work and a great solo to it, but Dave's vocals are mediocre on this song and the chorus gets really annoying:

Quote:
Girl gone bad
Girl gone bad
That is the only letdown on the album. Overall, 1984 is a classic and is their best since Van Halen and Van Halen II. The tensions between Eddie and Dave kept growing which made Dave left the band until 2007 unfortunately. David Lee Roth's replacement was Sammy Hagar.

+Eddie tears it up (as always)
+Hot for Teacher has impressive drum work from Alex
+David Lee Roth is top notch
+Perfect album flow going from song to song
+Eddie brings a superb keyboard performance
+Great production

-Girl Gone Bad is the only weak moment
-The keyboards/synths doesn't appeal to everyone

VH Classics:
Hot for Teacher
Panama
Jump
I'll Wait
Drop Dead Legs
House of Pain



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSonomaDude
January 25th 2015


5736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A review to be proud of. I like this album, prob the only VH I can listen to regularly.

Blakethemusicman123
January 26th 2015


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@TheSonomaDude thanks for the feedback dude! Do you like their iconic debut at all?

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2015


11569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe put song titles in italic instead of bold, i think it makes it a little bit easier to read.

Blakethemusicman123
January 26th 2015


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@danielcardoso I use the bold for the songs so people can see it better , but hey your opinion

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2015


11569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Reading this again, can't help noticing you've based it on mine so much lmao.

budgie
January 20th 2017


3715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not a lot of love here, eh?

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2017


11569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review lol.

Titan
January 20th 2017


18045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

have a pos Blake....good review, great album, awesome band

btw, Girl Gone Bad is pretty good imo

Jeffrulesyou
January 20th 2017


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Debut or 1984, titan?

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2017


11569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Neither :]

Titan
January 20th 2017


18045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love the debut bro, but 1984 was one of those albums that hooked me in......i'd say:



II

1984

Fair Warning

debut

Women

Jeffrulesyou
January 20th 2017


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Word! Similar, nice to see fair warning and II appreciated, great stuff.

Jeffrulesyou
January 20th 2017


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Debut

84

Fair Warning

2

Women

5150

Driver

..and the rest, whatever lol

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2017


11569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WACF is so underrated.

Jeffrulesyou
January 20th 2017


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep! Great record for sure... and the cradle will rock uh-huh.

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2017


11569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Diver is a hard 4 as well imo - bit of an unpopular opinion sadly tho.

Jeffrulesyou
January 20th 2017


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like Driver Down, always have; It's a bit of a sleeper-hitter. Gets a lot of flak because of the cover songs, but It's super solid.

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2017


11569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. Secrets and Little Guitars are my favorite VH songs probably.

Titan
January 20th 2017


18045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Women & Children is criminally underrated agreed with you guys

as an old timer Jeff, im surprised you like diver down.....you remember how poorly it was received and rightfully so

Jeffrulesyou
January 20th 2017


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice Dan, I'd have to really think about this one! lol

On a side note, coolest fucking cover; one of my favorites.

Haha, yeah I remember Titan, it's a solid 3 for me, it was shit bashed when it came out.



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