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    First impressions of the whole thing. Don’t read if you don’t want spoilers.

    “Tattoo” you know.

    “She’s the Woman”: We’ve all heard the original demo and the Café Wha? performance. But the polished version on ADKOT is ridiculous. Dave’s yelps and scream over the solo made the song for me. Eddie does this thing near the end where he replicates the chorus with the squeal of his guitar that is awesome.

    “You and Your Blues”: From the outset, Eddie sounds like he woke up with 5150 in his head and started working on Balance – that’s the best way I can explain it. It’s very sing-songy with great harmonies – not Dave double-tracking himself the whole time, but he does do it a lot. It’s freaking catchy as hell too. Solo: short but sweet.

    “China Town”: I’m surprised Alex didn’t injure himself on this. Seriously. Eddie’s playing is ferocious. Solo: some of the fastest fretwork he’s ever done.

    “Blood and Fire” you know.

    “Bullethead”: This just chugs along – using the highway as a metaphor is perfect for the metaphor. An expectedly short solo for the shortest song on the record, and Eddie has some weird effect on it. And that “Wooo” that people were saying was from “Runnin’ with the Devil” is used all throughout the song. I don’t think that’s its origin though.

    “As Is”: Holy heaviness at the beginning, but quickly turns into a speedy…shit, it’s almost like a pop-punk song. Reminds me of “Hang ‘Em High” quite a bit at parts. Solo is, um…sick, quick, then it drops back into that heavy groove and Dave goes, “A little more volume in here I think please?” Shortly after Eddie drops into a “Don’t Piss Me Off” meets “Full Bug” meets solo from “Could this Be Magic?” bit. Loving the line “Every day down here’s a rainy day – and we don’t save up.”

    “Honeybabysweetiedoll”: Beginning is all weird knob twiddling and just blasts into a heavy as hell riff. Eddie is so thick, chunky and drop-D here – it could be a Pantera riff. From the title of this I thought it was going to be cheesy as hell, but instead Dave’s breakdown rap is reminiscent of “Loss of Control.” The solo on this I can barely describe without getting goosebumps. Hands down one of the best and longest on the record. Eddie keeps dropping this short riff, then solos over it, then riff again, the solos over it. It’s unlike anything he’s ever done. That innovative guitar work people have been looking for? It’s right here. No wheel reinvention – but definitely some self-reinvention going on. Also, I think that’s Dave’s dog that barks over the mix as it winds down.

    “Trouble With Never” you know.

    “Outta Space” you know as “Let’s Get Rockin’” Musically it’s pretty much the same. Solo echos the old one, but has a 21st century sheen on it. Ed gets flashy, almost as if to show he’s not the same kid who did that original one.

    “Stay Frosty” you know the beginning part. It’s definitely “Ice Cream Man” revisited but like almost everything else on here, the bottom end is just so damn heavy. I know I haven’t mentioned Wolf, but he shines on here quite a bit. Dave does more spoken word than verses, but it works for the song. Ed’s solo is really, really bluesy.

    “Big River” you know as “Big Trouble” – a song I was hesitant to give up because I love the demo so much, especially that solo and Dave talking about being “Out the window.” At first, it sounds like Eddie is content to just beef up the original solo. Then he goes all apeshit on it. Another long CLASSIC sounding solo.

    “Beats Workin’” you know as “Put Out the Lights” – Sounds like “Love Hungry Man” meets “Eruption“ at the beginning before going into that familiar riff. It’s a lot thicker now. This kind of lost me until about the 3:00 minute point, where Al Ed and Wolf break it down and then Ed drops a great solo that seems to rekindle the song. He’s then in madman mode for the remainder of the track.

    There’s no final say or wrap up here, because like I said, this is a first impression. But it’s a damn good one.

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    You've heard the whole thing???

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    Wow...awesome. Where did you find it?
    Honey, baby, my heart's aflame. I'm all f'd up, and you to blame.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoinTime View Post
    Wow...awesome. Where did you find it?
    You can't ask that on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoinTime View Post
    Wow...awesome. Where did you find it?
    Nothing unsavory. Media advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. View Post
    Nothing unsavory. Media advance.
    Cool! Post a pic?

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    Great review dude, nicely worded and paints a good picture. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yiggity View Post
    Cool! Post a pic?
    There's no pic to post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    Great review dude, nicely worded and paints a good picture. Thanks!
    Agreed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    Great review dude, nicely worded and paints a good picture. Thanks!
    Thanks! I'll have an official review published (unfortunately not as Johnny Firecloud), but that won't be until next week. I wanted to share my first thoughts with those who would appreciate it the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. View Post
    Thanks! I'll have an official review published (unfortunately not as Johnny Firecloud), but that won't be until next week. I wanted to share my first thoughts with those who would appreciate it the most.
    Is it alright to ask what song impressed you the most on first listen? Seems to be "Honeybabysweetiedoll" from your first post.
    I don't always listen to Van Halen, but when I do, I prefer David Lee Roth. 'Stay Frosty' my friends. - The Most Interesting Man In The World

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    Quote Originally Posted by China Town View Post
    Is it alright to ask what song impressed you the most on first listen? Seems to be "Honeybabysweetiedoll" from your first post.
    Definitely impressed me the most, but that may be because I thought it was going to be terrible at best or filled with typical Dave cliches at worst. I'm still loving "Blood and Fire" the most, but that's probably because I'm on my 458th listen. I'm sure it will be interchangeable soon.

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    Nice job dude! Thanks for the review.
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