Listening booth — Van Halen, “Tattoo”

Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

The day is finally here kids! It’s the first song from a David Lee Roth-led Van Halen since 1996, and the first single for a DLR-led VH since 1984. From A Different Kind of Truth, it’s “Tattoo.”

First impression? Well the video is clearly an afterthought so no point dwelling on that.

As for the song, it’s decent but not mind-blowing. It’s clear that Dave had a hand in the arrangement and writing as the verses sound like his solo stuff, particularly from the DLR Band album. The rest reminds me of Balance-era Van Halen. I hope Alex brings it a little more on the rest of the disc, as he sounds rather plodding here. And it’s still weird to not hear Michael Anthony singing those background vocals, but what are you gonna do?

I’m still going to buy the super duper deluxe version of the record, by the way, because it’s fucking Van Halen with Dave.

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