I chose this album at random from my iTunes and rocked it as I worked away in the Man Cave. It’s a really great record! All of the VH elements are here – the big riffs, the wheedly* solos, the synth passages, the plodding beats that are bluesy as hell without ever devolving into weakness, the fast rockers…
The first record made after DLR left and Sammy took over, I think the cover art speaks loudest for the position VH was in with the release of this album: VH is a collective Atlas, the giants of rock trying to hold up their own encircling reputations, as well as the mirror world of the shining, near-impossible expectations of their fans… all while still trying to be themselves and make music that matters.
Me? I really dug 5150. Crank it and go!
* My eternal gratitude to our HMO for this wonderfully descriptive word.