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Christgau Consumer Guide

Van Halen

by Robert Christgau on January 04, 1984


VAN HALEN

“1984”

[Warner Bros., 1984]


Side one is pure up, and not only that, it sticks to the ears: their pop move avoids fluff because they’re heavy and schlock because they’re built for speed, finally creating an all-purpose mise-en-scene for Brother Eddie’s hair-raising, stomach-churning chops. Side two is consolation for their loyal fans — a little sexism, a lot of pyrotechnics, and a standard HM bass attack on something called “House of Pain.” 

B+


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