Van Halen's finest effort. Definitive Van Halen. More innovative playing from one of the masters.
Ed introduced a legion of guitarist to the now-standard-for-heavy-rock Drop D tuning, utilizing the heavy riffing on tunes such as "Unchained," "Sinner's Swing," "Dirty Movies," and "Hear About It Later."
Always looking to incorporate new techniques in his playing, Ed expanded on the thumb slapping technique of funk bass players on "Mean Streets."
Although the album did not do well commercially, it remains one of the favorite albums of guitarists that were influenced by the Van Halen sound.