"Diamond Dave" (Magna Carta; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Rejoice for the return of quite possibly the definitive American rock'n'roll frontman: the incomparable David Lee Roth. 

Roth's latest solo release contains 14-tracks consisting mainly of dressed-up covers in his newly adopted showy Las Vegas style. Be warned: "Diamond Dave" is somewhat devoid of the rock'n'roll excesses that we've come to yearn for from the Diamond one.

Still, for what it's worth, Roth's new spin on such tunes as The Doors' "Soul Kitchen" and Jimi Hendrix's "If 6 Was 9" are worth a listen, as is the big band swagger of the Van Halen classic cover "Ice Cream Man."

While this album is hardly essential and makes you crazy for the now off-again Van Halen reunion, it's good to see that Dave has embraced change and still knows where all those beautiful California girls are.

For more information, check out http://www.davidleeroth.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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