Injecting himself back into the music scene like a fresh tattoo, David Lee Roth, or "Diamond Dave" as he is more formally known to his loyal fans, shines and sparkles on his new album, The DLR Band. After the brief and embarrassing MTV hoopla surrounding Roth and the founding members of Van Halen possibly reuniting, Roth has been somewhat elusive.
The latter mishap proved to be nothing more than corporate hype trying to sell copies of Van Halen's Best of Vol. I, but that is all dirty water under the rock-and-roll bridge.
If you are willing to try a new and refreshing beverage to amplify your current modern rock buzz, I have a hard rocking suggestion. The DLR Band has plenty of tasty riffs for your rock 'n' roll diet, hooks and just the right amount of that magic potion that Roth used to make old Van Halen sound like something special.
The DLR Band picks up right where Roth "jumped" off back in 1984. Roth shoots above the rim and scores a three pointer with "Slam Dunk," the opening cut and single that has an almost identical drum pattern as "Hot For Teacher."
After you score, you step into the "Blacklight," a raunchy, rocking romp that analyzes Roth's lady fair with a fluorescent glow, blinding you with nonstop grooves.
In addition, the hits keep on coming with "Counter-Blast," an ode to meeting people via the Internet. Roth sings "In your chat room/Who are you?/Are you on-line?/Woman, your page or mine?"
Other highlights include the chunky riffs of "Indeedido," Roth-slang for indeed I do, and the unknown destination of "Going Places," my favorite track on the album, which has a nice intro of acoustic guitar.
This one makes you feel like downing a few ice-cold Buds with your bros on a Friday night and cruising with the windows down in your fast car of choice.
Roth also keeps his Van Halen memoirs close to heart in "Weekend With the Babysitter," displaying his tongue-in-cheek lyrical ditties like, "Telephone/ her voice is steady/she knows little Elvis is combat ready."
What you'll be glad to know is that there is not one Vegas show-tune or Beach Boys cover on this album. Roth's not telling you he's "Just a Gigolo" or ranting and raving about the sultry prowess of those "California Girls."
Roth is a pro and he does his job very well for your listening enjoyment. Besides, this is good-time, in-your-face rock 'n' roll and not brain surgery, so these enchanting melodies and driving rhythms are a prescription for you if you want to forget about your problems.
If you prefer prophetic lyrical statements that can move hearts and mountains, or music with very little energy, then you
will be disappointed with the direction of The DLR Band.
This album is the Siamese twin of any Van Halen album released before 1986, and the ultimate sugar substitute for old Van Halen.