A Different Kind Of Truth

Release date
7 Feb 2012
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tattoo 4:43 33,628
2 She's The Woman 2:56 30,341
3 You And Your Blues 3:43 22,845
4 China Town 3:14 21,801
5 Blood And Fire 4:27 20,430
6 Bullethead 2:31 19,283
7 As Is 4:48 18,307
8 Honeybabysweetiedoll 3:47 17,180
9 The Trouble With Never 3:59 16,494
10 Outta Space 2:53 16,698
11 Stay Frosty 4:08 20,099
12 Big River 3:51 15,589
13 Beats Workin' 5:04 14,674

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A Different Kind of Truth is the 12th studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, which was released on February 7, 2012 through Interscope Records. It is the band’s first album of completely new material since 1998’s Van Halen III, as well as the first since 1984’s 1984 to feature David Lee Roth on lead vocals, and the first to feature Wolfgang Van Halen on bass guitar. It is also Van Halen’s first album on their new label Interscope Records.

Some of the songs are based on demos and unrecorded lyrics done by the band in the 1970’s. For instance, “She’s the Woman” was on the 1976 demo that warranted Van Halen a deal with Warner Bros. Records. The new version of this song (featuring new melody and lyrics, middle section and solo) was played in its entirety at the band’s intimate press show at the Cafe Wha? on January 5, 2012.

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  • Frank_Rocker


    27 Jun 11:25pm Reply
  • acclamationsun

    David Lee Roth and it's more like alternative-metal? Beautiful. I am eternally grateful for VH. Great to hear from you again, Dave.

    20 Jun 12:08am Reply
  • Patres87

    Have to admit that after two years I love the album as much as any of the classic albums of the 6 pack '78 - '84. Great comeback album which is based on the pillars of classic VH but stand the test of time pretty well.

    13 Feb 9:07pm Reply
  • hadomaru

    I think tattoo's the weakest link, and it's just decent at worst.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • web-knows

    btw, totally agree with @Peace_Sells86 , there are some lame songs thrown in here.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • web-knows

    best songs on the album are: She's the Woman, China Town, As Is, Honeybabysweetiedoll (!), The Trouble With Never, Outta Space, Stay Frosty and Big River.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Peace_Sells86

    Mixed album. Has some decent songs but also tunes I can't stand.

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dudu_braun

    For Unlaw Carnal Knowledge worth a listen, i think

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Good album. So glad Van Halen is back. BTW, are any of their albums with Sammy Hagar worth a listen?

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dudu_braun

    Amazing album, really kicks ass

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor


    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    I think the album KICKS ASS!!! [3]

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • JulianM1993

    Unfortunately, Interscope released the album’s one outlier as a single – “Tattoo” – a hard rock song with a funk melody and unselfconsciously satirical lyric, which flies over the head of anyone with an IQ under 125. Most listeners, it turns out, can’t discern what a “coal tattoo” is, or that David Lee Roth is making fun of “sexy dragon magic,” not encouraging it. 2012 Album of the Year - " A Different Kind of Truth" by Van Halen - and I am as surprised as anyone to write it.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • JulianM1993

    “A Different Kind of Truth” is a different kind of rock comeback – a creative renaissance that proves the genius of the band’s original songwriting team, (vocalist David Lee Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen.) Contrary the reputation that Van Halen acquired with David Lee Roth’s post-“1984” replacement (i.e. “inconsistent, formulaic, dumb and sexist,”) songs like “Stay Frosty;” “Blood And Fire;” “Big River;” “You And Your Blues;” “As Is;” and “She’s The Woman” exhibit the clever, melodic, and consistent excellence that enabled Van Halen to take the title “greatest band in the world” away from British bands like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones in the late ‘70s.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • albertlespaul

    I think the album KICKS ASS!!! [2]

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • hadomaru

    Van Halen's back baby!

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • goran-v1

    After dissapointing VH 3 this is more than satisfying album,i dont like too much talking in songs ,but I like solos, overall very good album

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Unfortunately the CD is very compressed that's why it sounds terrible. If we compare the VH albums must to say it's one of the worst VH album technically. Let see the comparison of the Dynamic Range Value of the VH albums. And now let see the Detailed DR Value informations of this album. I must tell the quality is only Radio-Ready. The 180 gram vinyl version is much better. Once again: I talked about the technical completion of this album and NOT the quality of the music...

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • FlyingTanooki

    I thought this album was gonna suck ass after hearing tattoo but pretty much every other song here is really damn good. Almost sounds like classic Van Halen to me.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mallamax

    I think the album KICKS ASS!!!

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
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