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For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Van Halen
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: VAN HALEN Title: FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE Street Release Date: 06/17/1991


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All Artists: Van Halen
Title: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
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Total Copies: 9
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 6/17/1991
Release Date: 6/17/1991
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Rock Guitarists, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Pop Metal, Hard Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075992659420, 699713217630, 048984791422, 755401192839, 075992659420


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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 06/17/1991

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Jes G. (jesgear) from DAVENPORT, IA
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Patty R. from MERRILL, WI
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van halen at his best!
Kevin C. (FatBack) from LELAND, NC
Reviewed on 12/5/2009...
A good Cd with some excellent material. Poundcake, Runaround, The Dream Is Over, Right Now and Top of the World are the best of the bunch. One of the better Hagar/Van Halen albums. This is a must have for Van Halen fans because all of the best material is not on the best of Van Halen Vol. 1. Good choice.
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Van Halen return to their hard-rock roots
Daniel Maltzman | Arlington, MA, USA | 09/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In 1991 Van Halen released their ninth studio album "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." It was their third album with lead singer Sammy Hagar and their first collaboration with producer Ted Templeman since "1984" (1984). Perhaps because Templeman was back at the helm as co-producer, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" rocks a lot harder than its two processors "5150" (1986) and "OU812" (1988).

Released in the waning days of pop-metal, right before the onset of the alternative rock boom of '91, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" eschews many of the commercial aspects of "5150" and "OU812." While the album overall is quite radio/MTV friendly, the album lacks the ballads and keyboards of Van Hagar's first two albums.

I find "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" to sound more like Sammy Hagar's 80s Geffen albums-"Standing Hampton" (1981), "Three Lock Box" (1982) and "VOA" (1984) as opposed to the early Van Hagar albums or classic Roth-era Van Halen. In short, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" is meat-and-potatoes, no nonsense AOR rock n' roll.

Van Halen and Hagar's third collaboration saw all involved return to their roots, more or less. The band opted to make a great hard-rock album, as opposed to a more commercial adult-contemporary one.

While "5150" and "OU812" were strong, the band hadn't sounded so good in years. Unlike "OU812," you can actually hear Michael Anthony's bass. Drummer Alex Van Halen didn't play on some lame drum machine (as he did on "5150") and the tone and mix sounds much better here than it did on "5150" and "OU812." Sammy Hagar's lyrics showed more depth and he, as always, gives a fine vocal performance. And, it goes without saying that Eddie Van Halen sounds as great as ever, contributing at least a few screeching solos to each song. And while the band certainly rocks harder here than they did on the two proceeding albums, the song-writing was still strong. The album is filled with good hooks and sing-along melodies. Although some songs are better than others, there really isn't any filler on "For Unlawful Canal Knowledge."

Up to this point in the band's career, the overall tone of Van Halen's catalogue was celebratory. "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" represents the last album of that era. It was really the last feel-good Van Halen album. Although "Balance" (1995) is a fine album, it was a distinctly dark album released in a musical landscape that had abolished all traces of 80s rock (Van Halen, KISS, Aerosmith, were among those spared). "Van Halen 3" (1998) saw Van Halen experiment and venture out in a way that Van Halen's fans almost unanimously rejected. "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" was released at a time when bands like Poison and Warrant enjoyed mainstream popularity and huge commercial successes. Much like "Balance" reflected the dark musical landscape of the times, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" reflected the sunny careless days of Beverley Hills 90210 and George H.W. Bush's "1000 points of light." That is not to say that "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" lacks substance, as the band shows depth in songs like "Right Now" and "Judgment Day." But the album's overall tone is bright and optimistic, unlike "Balance" which is pessimistic and dark.

"For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" opens up strong with the arena-rock anthem "Poundcake" which was the band's most rocking song since "Panama" (from "1984"). "

"Judgment Day," has a great groove and Hagar shows some depth with his questioning of the religious right and televangelists.

Although "Spanked" is mid-tempo, it never gets tepid. The lyrics are a little stupid, but stupid in a naïve, Sammy Hagar/jock rock kind-of-way, so I'll give Hagar a pass.

"Runaround" is just a fun song that keeps up the momentum.

"Pleasure Dome," whose meaning is obscure, is said to be a song about masturbation. This song has an almost mystical vibe to it, with a really cool drum roll-it's different for Van Halen and a really cool song.

Although the title of "In and Out" may lead one to believe it's just another stupid song about sex, it actually is far more substantive than that. The major point of the song being that life is hard and you have to pay debts throughout life.

Although not an album highlight, the catchy mid-paced "Man on a Mission" keeps the album going.

"The Dream is Over" is a personal favorite of mine. It has a great infectious groove, catchy sing-along chorus, and killer solos-in short, it has all the ingredients of the perfect Van Halen song. It's a song about letting go, of letting a dream die and moving on. "The Dream is Over" demonstrates Hagar's everyman wisdom at its best.

The album's huge hit and centerpiece "Right Now" introduced "Generation Y" to Van Halen. "Right Now" should silence Van Halen's detractors who claim that the band never had any songs with substance. Sammy Hagar's lyrics may not be witty and clever like Roth's, or profound like Lennon and Dylan's. However, as previously stated, Hagar's lyrics do encompass an "everyman wisdom"-a blue-collar insight that you learn though the school-of-hard-knocks, as opposed to reading Plato. "Right Now" shows this kind of insight. And while the song's theme-live in the present, forget about the past, don't worry about the future-may seem obvious, Hagar's lyrics are clever and memorable. He tells the theme in a way that puts life in perspective.

"316" is a short lullaby-like acoustic instrumental tribute to Eddie Van Halen's son, Wolfgang.

I see the upbeat "Top of the World" as a sequel to "Dreams" (from "5150"), but with guitar in place of synthesizers. This upbeat rocker is strong enough and a good way to conclude the album.

In all honesty, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" can't touch the classic first six Van Halen albums-but very few ones can. Nor is "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" quite as strong as some of Sammy Hagar's solo albums-"Danger Zone" (1980), "Standing Hampton" (1981), and "Marching to Mars" (1997)-as some examples. Still, although Van Halen purists will never accept anything after "1984," "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" is a strong album that should please most fans.

Van Hagar in their prime
Brad | CT | 02/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many people may know this album best for the anthem/ballad "Right Now", which to this day is a fantastic, heartfelt song. But what many perhaps forget is that up until that track, which is the 9th track on the album, all of the tracks are pretty much hard rock. This in fact is probably the hardest rocking Van Hagar album of them all.Sure "Poundcake" is a bit immature, but is fun hard rock. "Judgement Day" is an even better rocker, while "Runaround" is fantastically catchy. "Man On A Mission" could easily be the theme of this album, as Van Halen seemed to be on a mission to flat-out rock on this album. "The Dream Is Over" is an awesome anthem that starts off rocking hard but mellows out a bit at the chorus--the first sign of things slowing down on the album at all. And for sure "Top Of The World", while poppy, is a very positive way to end the album. This is the closest thing to a second ballad on the album (after "Right Now"), but it still rocks as a closing track.I love all of the Van Hagar albums, ranking only "OU812" under five stars (although that album certainly has many strengths as well). While "5150" is still my favorite Van Hagar, this one is very close. A fantastic rock album that was this great band in their prime. Strongly recommended."