Songs You May Have Missed #19

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Van Halen: “Blood and Fire” (2012)

“Told you I was coming back. Say you missed me. Say it like you mean it.”

There’s only one David Lee Roth. And I did miss him. Rock n Roll, if there is still such a thing, will always need someone with its elemental cock-sure swagger to step out and remind us what its pure strain looked like. And so few are left who can still deliver that. (Wouldn’t you love to go see a Thin Lizzy show today?)

Van Halen’s new album, A Different Kind of Truth, has somewhat confounded critics who were ready to pan it and fans who were prepared to hate it. It’s not one of their absolute best, but it’s much better than we probably had any right to expect.

If you like Van Halen, you like “Blood and Fire”. If you don’t, you don’t.

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