Fair Warning (album) by Van Halen

Fair Warning
Fair Warning by Van Halen (1981)
Overall rank: 1,448th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Fair Warning is ranked 3rd best out of 16 albums by Van Halen on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Van Halen is Van Halen which is ranked number 309 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,526.

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From kingofstorm 09/07/2019 09:42
This album showcases the music side of Van Halen moreso than the previous efforts. In that sense, DLR takes more of a seat back to let Eddie, Alex and Michael really shine. This is Eddie's album though. His guitar playing on this album is fantastic. Really good effort. Continued Van Halen's hot streak of albums.
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From Killerviolin 07/09/2019 23:30
Great sound an great tracks. Unfortunately, the last two tracks aren't really songs as much as they are experiments
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From YoungPunk 02/22/2018 00:06
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From PaperVinnie 11/05/2017 22:33
VH's darkest album, and one of their best. They started to more fully incorporate synths into their style at the end, and Eddie revealed some of his best guitar moments.

Best Tracks: Mean Street, Hear About It Later, Unchained, So This Is Love, One Foot Out the Door
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From Highhopes 08/29/2017 04:55
Mean Street, Sinners Swing and Push Comes to Shove give the nasty, gritty feeling to the album, like a Dirty Harry movie. Not the party album by Van Halen, but still one of the top four Van Halen albums.
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From garycottier 06/07/2016 13:05
The last great Van Halen album in my opinion. Fair warning, has some great tracks in, mean street, sinners swing, and, push comes to a shove, also like the strange drone of, Sunday afternoon in the park. Never would Van Halen be this energetic again.
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From timtooky 03/26/2014 21:50
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From CaitlinK 12/25/2012 20:18
Check out this album with an open mind, whether you think you may like Van Halen or not.

"Fair Warning" isn't a party like "Van Halen" and doesn't have something for everyone like "1984." It has a cynical, streetwise, skateboard punk attitude, and funk grooves in almost every song.

It's been only a few months since I got the 12 VH albums from iTunes... When I was growing up in the late '90s, I thought of Van Halen as a hard rockin' Bon Jovi... This is much closer to punk.

Every song's either very good or great.
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From Jasonconfused 11/15/2012 23:12
I heard a lot of people say this is Van Halen's best technical work.. not sure about that but it's definitely in the top 3. Also, Unchained is one of my favorite Van Halen songs.
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From JuJu83 10/14/2012 09:43
A musician's album considered by many - generally musicians rather than the album-buying public - to be Van Halen's greatest achievement, "Fair Warning" (1981) gave birth to the sub-genre of funk metal, (later popularized by Jane's Addiction, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others.) Few popular rock albums contain more compelling contradictions: punk attitude igniting (ironically) virtuoso musicianship; a party band's descent into dark cynicism; a weird, borderline inaccessible album recorded during a hugely popular and influential band's Zeppelin-esque streak of six classic, mega-sellers in-a-row. This is the first Van Halen album that a garage, punk, or indie rocker should investigate.
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Best Albums of 1981
1. Moving Pictures by Rush
2. Discipline by King Crimson
3. Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
4. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne
5. Damaged by Black Flag
6. Juju by Siouxsie And The Banshees
7. Time by Electric Light Orchestra
8. Faith by The Cure
9. Dare by The Human League
10. Ghost In The Machine by The Police
11. Fire Of Love by The Gun Club
12. Heaven Up Here by Echo & The Bunnymen
13. Deceit by This Heat
14. Killers by Iron Maiden
15. Greatest Hits by Queen
16. Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy Osbourne
17. Escape by Journey
18. The Ascension by Glenn Branca
19. Youth Of America by Wipers
20. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones


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