Van Halen ‎– Van Halen II

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Warner Bros. Records ‎– HS 3312
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Recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood.
Mixed at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles.

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W2 3312 Van Halen Van Halen II(CD, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records W2 3312 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
HS 3312 Van Halen Van Halen II(LP, Album, Jac) Warner Bros. Records HS 3312 US 1979 Sell This Version
081227954918 Van Halen Van Halen II(CD, Album, RE, RM) Warner Bros. Records 081227954918 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
HS 3312 Van Halen Van Halen II(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records HS 3312 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
HS 3312 Van Halen Van Halen II(LP, Album, Mon) Warner Bros. Records HS 3312 US 1979 Sell This Version

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plaidzebra

plaidzebra

March 17, 2014

Coming a year after their stunning and tremendously entertaining first album, Van Halen’s sophomore release needed to accomplish the impossible: live up to the flawlessness of the debut while simultaneously breaking new ground in the patented Van Halen sound. It’s no surprise, then, that the unimaginatively titled “II” can feel like a letdown despite its own considerable strengths. On the upside are the essential and brilliant single “Dance the Night Away,” which borrows almost nothing from the first album but still sounds like a Van Halen mission statement, the percolating and upbeat “Beautiful Girls,” and the chunky-riff driven rocker “D.O.A..” On the downside are the plodding and abrasive cover of “You’re No Good” with which the album opens, a clutch of tunes that are good but noticeably short of great, and awkward pacing in each side's track sequence. Nevertheless, Van Halen’s second best is still mostly appealing and engaging, the production and musicianship remain more than solid, and among the originals there are no genuine duds.