Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes
Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

Explorer
21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

jefflynnefan
21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity! https://www.ebay....fr
esh=true

englandashes
21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

gdazegod
21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

englandashes
20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

englandashes
17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

Explorer
17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Explorer
16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1988 Articles » Roth, David Lee - 1988 Skyscraper
 
Roth, David Lee - 1988 Skyscraper



ARTIST: Roth, David Lee
ALBUM: Skyscraper
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 9 25671-2
YEAR: 1988

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Lee Roth - vocals * Steve Vai - guitar * Billy Sheehan - bass * Gregg Bissonette - drums * Brett Tuggle - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Knucklebones * 02 Just Like Paradise * 03 The Bottom Line * 04 Skyscraper * 05 Damn Good * 06 Hot Dog And A Shake * 07 Stand Up * 08 Hina * 09 Perfect Timing * 10 Two Fools A Minute

WEBLINKS: www.davidleeroth.com


Background
There's no denying David Lee Roth's solo career got off to a blazing start. 1986's 'Eat 'Em And Smile' was an excellent riposte to his former band mates in Van Halen, a hard rock album which took the sound of the band and planted it firmly in Roth's court. Hiring the likes of Billy Sheehan and Steve Vai was an inspired move, especially when leaving behind Eddie Van Halen's magician like skills on guitar. However this follow up saw cracks in the ship already and over the years this album has come in for some tremendous criticism for being an inferior sequel to the debut. Is it entirely warranted? I don't think so. Roth had definitely taken a keyboard heavy approach to his musical endeavours (like his former band) but it doesn't diminish the songs themselves and this was 1988 after all. You could level this as a quasi-AOR album, but there's still enough hard rock to keep it afloat.


The Songs
There are great songs all over this album, which is why I can't understand the derision that seems to exist around it. The melodic AOR tendencies of 'Stand Up' and 'Perfect Timing' for example are true diamonds in the rough and if they had been recorded by Journey would probably be regarded as classics. 'The Bottom Line' is as close as it gets to the heaviness of the debut, with the swagger you'd expect from Roth at his best. The Van Halen styled backing vocals are especially noticeable here. The big hit of course was 'Just Like Paradise' with its unforgettable chorus and massive synths, one of Dave's trademark songs. Vai's guitar work has a great sense of atmosphere here and it's a shame the internal combustion within the band caused him (and Sheehan) to leave. 'Hina' is very reminiscent of 'Little Guitars' from 'Diver Down' which is a great plot twist, with the guitar tone leaving me swearing it's Eddie. 'Knucklebones' and 'Two Fools A Minute' have the Roth showmanship, the latter adding horns into the mix and a sign of things to come on 'A Lil Ain't Enough.' At six minutes 'Damn Good' is lengthy by Roth standards, the acoustic guitar work recalling Led Zeppelin in their 70's prime. The vast array of keyboards adds to the dreamy tone, with even sitar thrown in. The title track is a solid melodic rocker, again heavy on keyboard atmospherics while the unrestrained hard rock of 'Hot Dog And A Shake' allows Vai to unleash his vaunted prowess on his Ibanez in some style.


In Summary
If I was I was held at gunpoint to choose between this or Van Halen's 'OU812' I'd choose 'Skyscraper' every time. It's more melodic, has an eclectic element and is far more outgoing and light-hearted than what VH were creating. Some may cling to the tired notion that this album had a foot in the 'pop-metal' camp, but it's essentially a typical Roth album with everything you'd expect from the man. Even without the departing Vai and Sheehan, Roth proved his class with the previously reviewed 'A Lil Ain't Enough' in 1991, which would be his last moment in the sun, for a few years anyway.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
#1 | jeffrey343 on May 12 2014 23:52:57
Like "Eat 'Em And Smile", I didn't rush out to get this. But I did hear "Just Like Paradise" all over the radio. I had to be a little more judicious with my money back then. But I've given this a chance in the digital music age, and it is pretty good. I think "A Little Ain't Enough" is the pick of the first three, but this does have some good moments. And it is more true to earlier VH than Van Hagar was.
#2 | sabace on May 14 2014 18:55:37
good stuff
#3 | gdazegod on May 14 2014 19:29:45
I have never given DLR's solo albums much attention over the years. I might have to now, after reading these.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 25% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 75% [3 Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
McLachlan, Craig - 1992 Hands Free, Romeo's Daughter - 1988 Romeo's Daughter, Rabin, Trevor - 1979 Face To Face, Legend - 1992 Legend, Sing Sing - 1994 Sing Sing, Palmer, Robert - 1980 Clues, Praying Mantis - 2003 The Journey Goes On, Sinner - 2007 Mask Of Sanity, Anvil - 1982 Metal On Metal, Frazier, Rob - 1984 Cut It Away, Supreme Majesty - 2005 Elements Of Creation, Stanley, Michael (Band) - 1983 You Can't Fight Fashion, Foghat - 1975 Fool For The City, Deep Purple - 1990 Slaves And Masters, Vincent, Phil - 2017 XX
Tags©
White Wolf Deep Purple Judas Priest Ides Of March Fair Warning (Germany) Wounded Bird Rock Candy Records Henry Paul Band Thrills Granicus Rachel Farris Berlin Airlift Harem Scarem Matrex Ache Various Artists Dark Moor IQ Ozz INXS Time Machine Hounds Atlas (UK) EP Bittersuite Fires Of Babylon Triumvirat Pyramaze Big Krush Malison Rogue Northern Kings Rik Emmett Soundtrack Toto
All Tags
Search DDG