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For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 17 June 1991
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 13.97 x 0.64 cm; 70.87 Grams
- Manufacturer : WARNER BROTHERS IMPORT
- Manufacturer reference : 075992659420
- Original Release Date : 1991
- Run time : 52 minutes
- Label : WARNER BROTHERS IMPORT
- ASIN : B000002LPD
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Singer Sammy Hagar continued his streak of success with Van Halen on this album, which debuted at number 1 in 1991 and was the third Hagar performed on. Fighting against censorship with the "subtle" acronym title, this in-your-face album spawned hits and marks a must-have moment in the lifespan of a great rock band.
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Van Halen is such a distinctive guitar player and this enables Van Halen to stand out from many other
rock bands. My personal favourites are Poundcake, Runaround and Man on a mission. This album is with
their second lead singer Sammy Hagar and if you like this album it's well worth searching out their earlier albums
with David Lee Roth.
That is a cracking opener; Eddie uses a drill for chrissakes! Near his then-new Peavey Wolfgang! Sammy`s words work better on this album than any other with VH...maybe he was more settled by this album? But they did take a while over this release, so maybe the other band members had a chance to throw out his first batch of pure cheese and he came back with something a bit more grown-up. Some of the songs, like "Judgement Day" and "Pleasure Dome" are lyrically interesting, almost deep, and Eddie explores some new ideas and tricks too, along with the magnificence that we would expect from probably the greatest living guitarist. There are a couple of real clunkers, stinkers even, like "In `N` Out", and "Spanked" (which would make my top three of bad VH songs - there are only about five poor songs on all the records put together, after all), but there`s enough to compensate elsewhere. "Spanked" truly is horrid though.
My favourites are obviously "Poundcake", but "The Dream Is Over" and "Top Of The World" (which picks up the riff that ends the DLR-era classic "Jump") are great feel-good songs. "Right Now" has been overplayed but it`s dramatic stuff and instead of a synth, it`s a real piano that stars. Eddie had been noodling around with "316" for a while before he gave it a title (son Wolfgang`s birthday, March 16th) and it`s lovely.
All in all a very good record, heavier than the two preceding releases, and there are signs of the seriousness which really showed its face on the follow-up album, "Balance".
It's still cool. Brilliant musicians made it. They were the best at their musicianship those days and they're still the best. It's a shame Eddie and Sammy spend too much time saying unkind things about each other in the press nowadays but those days they were at the top and completed each other.
If you're into only the best melodic hard rock and you still don't have this album, get it!