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© Joe Bosso
The embers are still red-hot on this coulda-been-a-first-track album closer. Eddie's amp emits Eruption-ish gales to accompany a smoking wah riff, one which puts most guitarists to shame.
While taking in all that's special about Beats Workin' - and despite its cavalier title, it's pretty clear that these dudes put in the hours - one has to give a shout-out to background vocals, always a hallmark of VH recordings, and the tradition is upheld here. Like flipping through pages in a yearbook, there's a glimpse of Beautiful Girls one second, and then we're onto Feel Your Love Tonight, but as much as this is deja vu comfort food, it's being served up fresh...disarmingly so.
In the end, Eddie stretches out for a luxurious guitar solo, and it's a pisser, too - the guy's earned his moment in the sun, and he's going to reach down between his legs, ease the seat back...you know how the rest of it goes.
The extended feedback wail at the end recalls several seminal Van Halen moments, but hopefully it's one we'll be revising soon. Twenty-eight years might work for Classmates.com, but as for the rest of us... C'mon, guys, give us a break!