Balance

Balance
CD 1995 Van Halen

Liner Notes

Balance is the tenth studio album by Van Halen and the last one that Sammy would sing lead vocals on for the band. Balance was Billboard 200 number-one album from February 11 - February 17, 1995.

 5  Redhead Comments

Stonebaldhead's picture

For me, this is Van Halen's most mature album, and my favorite. This album is almost perfect. Crossing Over should have been on the U.S. release. This was Ed's best tone ever and some of Sammy's best lyrics.

SharkByte's picture

I think this was Van Halen's hardest rocking album. Tracks like Seventh Seal, Don't Tell Me and Aftershock had some huge guitar playing and it seemed like the bass and drums were dramatically beefed up on this album. When I first heard "Don't Tell Me" on the radio, with that ridiculously chunky opening riff, I was blown away. Another great ballad on this one, "Not Enough". Judging from the darker, edgier sound on this album, it sounds like the guys were already feuding, but I don't think that all came until the end of the Balance tour. If they had stayed together, I'm betting their next album would have been mind blowing coming off Balance. I still am dying to hear "Between Us Two" which some say was going to be their "Stairway To Heaven". It was over that song, as well as "Humans Being" that really led to the split.

maryannl050's picture

This tour was great as well!! We had the best seats for this show!

Scott_Hughes's picture

My favorite album, a different side to Van Halen. Sammy Hagar wrote some pretty amazing lyrics for this masterpiece that really made me think

302_Boss_Chick's picture

One of my faves as well...I just discovered this album recently. It really amazes me how deep some of these songs are.