Fair Warning

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all the early Van Halen records, Fair Warning often gets overlooked -- partially because it's a dark, strange beast, partially because it lacks any song as purely fun as the hits from the first three records. Because of that, there were no hits from Fair Warning that turned into radio anthems; only "Unchained" and, to a lesser extent, the grinding opener, "Mean Street," rank among the group's best-known songs, and they're not as monumental as "And the Cradle Will Rock," from the preceding album, Women and Children First. There's a reason for that: this album ain't a whole lotta fun. Fair Warning is the first Van Halen album that doesn't feel like a party. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all the early Van Halen records, Fair Warning often gets overlooked -- partially because it's a dark, strange beast, partially because it lacks any song as purely fun as the hits from the first three records. Because of that, there were no hits from Fair Warning that turned into radio anthems; only "Unchained" and, to a lesser extent, the grinding opener, "Mean Street," rank among the group's best-known songs, and they're not as monumental as "And the Cradle Will Rock," from the preceding album, Women and Children First. There's a reason for that: this album ain't a whole lotta fun. Fair Warning is the first Van Halen album that doesn't feel like a party. This may be a reflection of the band's relentless work schedule, it may be a reflection of the increasing tension between Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth -- the cause isn't important, because whatever the reason, Fair Warning winds up as a dark, dirty, nasty piece of work. Gloomy it may be, but dull it is not and Fair Warning contains some of the fiercest, hardest music that Van Halen ever made. There's little question that Eddie Van Halen won whatever internal skirmishes they had, since his guitar dominates this record, even with the lack of a single dedicated instrumental showcase the first time he lacked one on a VH album. Eddie sounds restless here, pushing and pulling the group toward different rhythms and textures, from the disco beat that pulsates on "Push Comes to Shove" to the swinging rhythms on "So This Is Love?" and, especially, the murky synths that comprise the instrumental "Sunday Afternoon in the Park" and the grimy, gunky closing rocker, "One Foot Out the Door." Either inspired or spurred on by the gloomy rock Eddie cranked out, David Lee Roth casts his net far wider than his usual litany of girls and good times. He spits and swears, swaggering without his usual joie de vivre, with even his sex songs feeling weary and nasty. Whatever spawned it, that nastiness is the defining characteristic of Fair Warning, which certainly doesn't make it bunches of fun, but it showcases the coiled power of Van Halen better than any other album, which makes it worth visiting on occasion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624774020
  • Catalog Number: 47740
  • Sales rank: 22,338

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Halen Primary Artist
David Lee Roth Vocals
Eddie Van Halen Guitar
Alex Van Halen Drums
Michael Anthony Bass
Technical Credits
Gregg Geller Remastering
Donn Landee Engineer
Gene Meros Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Chris Bellman Remastering
Greg Gorman Inlay Photography
Richard Seireeni Art Direction
Pete Angelus Cover Design
Kurelek Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Halens best!!!

    This album is tied with Van Halen I and 1984 for there best album with Roth. This Album Is the most dark Van Halen albm ever, a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underated

    Possibly one of the most underated Hard Rock albums of all time. Gone is most of Roth's silly pandering and screaming found on other VH albums. Instead, we are treated to a dark, dense, driving straight-ahead, no games Rock album. You can FEEL the tension in VH at this point in time...but instead of allowing the tension to weaken the music, it ends up making it stronger and more focused. I'm telling you, there are songs on here where the drums and bass are spitting fire, the guitar is incredibly tight and Roth is out of breath from singing. VH has never recorded anything like this since. Amazing....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Turn it up as loud as you dare.......

    Gary is right, it is a surprise that more people have not written comments and reviews about this excellent album! Forget their post "1984" albums, the sometimes absurd antics of David Lee Roth, and any hangups you have about Metal music. The simple fact is the Van Halen were an explosive and highly original force that hit their listeners with a sonic wrecking ball. Every track on this album is solid, but I especially love "Mean Street" "Unchained" and "So This Is Love?". Eddie Van Halen is at the height of his powers, and creates sounds with his guitar that defy explanation. Make allowances for the time/era it was recorded in, but don't think you have to make any allowances for their abilities: Van Halen at their peak make bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit other all noise-no talent bands sound like LITTLE SCHOOL BOYS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eddies Finest Moment

    My God! I can't believe there aren't more reviews for this album. It is the meanest, darkest, most powerful, intelligent album VH ever did. I bought this album in '93 and it was a bit of a depressing time for me and so I can relate to it. ''Push Comes to Shove'' has, in my opinion, the greatest electric guitar solo ever performed. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Eddie's technique is demonstrated wonderfully on ''Mean Street'' and ''Unchained'' is a dropped D tuned fretblasting minor blues rollercoaster ride!

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