Originally Posted by texasdave
When I heard Hagar was replacing Diamond Dave, I was pretty excited. I wanted, really wanted, to love 5150. I played it numerous times. For whatever reason, I was always left disappointed. The album was just okay to me. Of course, 1984 was a tough act to follow. And then each successive album seemed a little more stale to me. Van Halen, IMO, definitely went downhill after David Lee Roth left.
I always thought it didn't matter if Roth left or not. Eddie was going to go in that poppier direction no matter who the singer was. You can hear the start of it on 1984. A song like "I'll Wait" wouldn't have fit on Fair Warning but in the context of the 1984 album it sounds just fine.
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