TITLE: Van Halen II
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #6 US, #23 UK
SINGLES: Dance the Night Away (#15), Beautiful Girls (#84)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Van Halen fans know it
LINEUP: David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The second album blues strikes Van Halen. While some songs are top notch, the record reveals shortcomings that would plague the band going forward.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It was going to be hard to follow up their debut album, but when “Dance the Night Away” came out as a single, there was hope the second album would reach the heights of the first.
That was a perfect pop metal tune, and while other songs were almost as fantastic, there wasn’t enough good tunes to outweigh the issues. Mainly, there wasn’t enough songs to make it worthwhile, and a couple three tracks were blatant filler.
Van Halen would never be prolific in their early days, releasing short albums and / or plenty of covers. While there are some good to great songs here, it’s not an essential release.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They thanked the Sheraton in Madison after they trashed the seventh floor during a tour stop.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: Too short, too much reliant on filler. A shame since there’s some good stuff here.