In this week’s slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Rob Sheffield praises A Different Kind of Truth, Van Halen’s first album with David Lee Roth in nearly three decades. “As for Diamond Dave, the gods only made one of him, because they couldn’t take the competition,” says Sheffield. “Now this is a rock star, except no other rock star would try to get away with this many cornball one-liners.” Also, Monica Herrera digs the new mixtape from Das Racist emcee Himanshu, James Hunter endorses the giant soul hooks of the latest Marvelettes anthology and Jon Dolan says that the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney’s production on the new Tennis album improves on the sound of their debut.
Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth
Himanshu – Nehru Jackets
Tennis – Young & Old
Heartless Bastards – Arrow