Album Review #114: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (Van Halen)

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VAN HALEN
FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE
1991-WARNER BROTHERS
Produced By ANDY JOHNS, TED TEMPLEMAN & VAN HALEN

  1. Poundcake
  2. Judgement Day
  3. Spanked
  4. Runaround
  5. Pleasure Dome
  6. In 'N' Out
  7. Man On A Mission
  8. The Dream Is Over
  9. Right Now
  10. 316
  11. Top Of The World

This is Van Halen's 9th album, and the 3rd of the Van Hagar era. It's also their last gasp of stardom. The album marked a move away from the synthesizers they had been utilizing since 1984, and a move back to the harder rock sound of their earlier albums. Some of the tracks are excellent..."Right Now" may be the best of the Hagar era, and the album contains several hits. But just as many of the songs are lacking. "Poundcake" is embarrasing just to listen to. The album is uneven and sounds like what it is...the last gasp of relevance from a major band.

The album title came from Sammy Hagar's passion about censorship. He wanted to simply call the album Fuck, but was talked out of it. The album hit #1 on the charts, and spawned 3 #1 singles. It also won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.

This is album #114 in an ongoing series.

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