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Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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 gallopi... more »
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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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The Diamond One Returns
kingofrock379 | New York | 04/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Who needs a reunion . . .
DLR | 07/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"when you've got this album.
Best Van Halen album since FAIR WARNING!
I love Vai too, but this is better than anything Dave did with him."