Van Halen: Ross Marino / Retna Ltd.
Brian Hiatt
July 30, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Best of Both Worlds (Music - Van Halen)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Warner Bros.

We gave it a B

”Turn your clock back,” Sammy Hagar shrieks, appropriately, on ”It’s About Time,” the sturdy new stomper that kicks off an expansive hits set from the originators of squealing pop-metal. Though the two-disc The Best of Both Worlds reprises much of the band’s 1996 best-of CD, it does add essentials like the harmony-soaked ”Jamie’s Crying” and the libidinous ”Poundcake.” But it’s also padded with torpid Van Hagar ballads (”Love Walks In”) and tacky Roth-era covers (”Dancing in the Streets”).

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