Balance Album is by Van Halen, the American hard rock band.
Their tenth studio album was released on the 24th of January 1995 under the record label Warner Bros. Records.
The twelve songs featured on the album were written by Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar.
Production was by Bruce Fairbairn, who was a Canadian musician and record producer. During his career, he worked with a variety of bands including Blue Öyster Cult, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Poison, Scorpions, The Cranberries and INXS. Bruce Fairbairn died on the 17th of May 1999.
A majority of the album was recorded over three weeks at Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 Studio, in Studio City, Los Angeles, California. Five lead vocal tracks were recorded at the Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
During the recording, a rift developed within the band. The Balance album was to become the last of their four studio album releases that featured Sammy Hagar as the lead vocalist.
Upon release, the album received negative reviews by music critics. ClassicRockReview wasn’t impressed with this output from Van Halen commenting ” this album was the less cohesive than any of the group’s previous efforts. ”
The senior reviewer for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, awarded the album two out of a possible top five-star rating. Not impressed with the direction it was taking he commented that ” Eddie Van Halen sincerely attempts to improve the group musically. ” Adding that ” he’s weighed down by the most predictable rhythm section in all of rock & roll. ”
Despite the reviews by critics, the Balance album became another successful release for Van Halen. The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) certified the album 3x Platinum with sales of over three million in the United States alone.
In Brazil, it has been certified Gold by Pro-Música Brasil for sales of 100,000, and in Canada, Music Canada, the music trade organisation awarded it 3× Platinum for sales of 300,000 copies.
The most popular single, ” Can’t Stop Lovin’ You ” was released on the 14th of March 1995. The third single from the album was chosen after producer, Bruce Fairbairn, wanted more pop-oriented, radio-friendly material.
Lyrically it is about eternal love and friendship. The lyrics pay homage to the 1957 Don Gibson song ” I Can’t Stop Loving You “, which was later made famous by the Ray Charles in 1962. Although not written or recorded first by Ray Charles, Sammy Hagar mentions him by singing ” Hey Ray, what you said is true… ”
The single became a chart success for Van Halen. In the United States, it reached number thirty on the 10th of June 1995 and spent twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
It also made number two on the Mainstream Rock and seven on the Mainstream Top 40.
In Canada, the single reached number three on the RPM Top Singles Chart. In the United Kingdom, ” Can’t Stop Lovin’ You ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 1st of April 1995 and peaked at number thirty-three. It spent one week in the Top forty and two weeks in the Top 100. The single, however, did top the UK Rock and Metal Chart.
The Balance album became a commercially successful release for Van Halen. In the United States, the album hit the top spot on the Billboard 200 for one week and spent forty-one weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 4th of February 1995 and reached number eight. It spent one week in the Top Ten and four weeks in the Top 100.
Elsewhere, the Balance album peaked at eighteen in Austria, six in Switzerland, eight in Germany, five in the Netherlands and Sweden, seventeen in Norway, nine in Australia and sixteen in New Zealand.
About Van Halen
Van Halen is an American rock group. They formed in 1972 in Pasadena, a city situated in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Van Halen’s core members consisted of Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony.
During the early part of the 1980s, they became one of the most successful rock acts of that era. The band’s popularity owed much to the guitar playing of Eddie Van Halen and the on-stage antics of lead vocalist David Lee Roth. However tensions reached a breaking point when Eddie Van Halen began exercising more control over the musical direction, David Lee Roth left the line-up on in April 1985.
He was replaced by American singer-songwriter and former frontman of rock band Montrose, Sammy Hagar, who departed Van Halen in June 1996. Gary Cherone became their next lead singer, replacing Sammy Hagar who went on to pursue a solo career at the time.
Gary Cherone was the frontman of Extreme, a Boston-based band that has sold over 10 million albums globally and at their height in the 1990s were one of the most successful rock bands. Unlike the two previous lead vocalists, Gary Cherone left amicably and remains friends with the band members.
Van Halen took a break in 1999 and since have reunited several times with past members. Their current line-up consists of Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen, the son of band member Eddie. He is named after Austrian classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They still perform and tour.
Van Halen is one of the world’s best-selling bands in music history with worldwide sales of over 80 million records. In the United States, they have notched up sales of over 56 million records, making them the 19th-best-selling band/artist in the country’s history. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and have ranked 7th by VH1 on their list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time.
To date, Van Halen’s Album releases are twelve studio, two live albums, two compilations and three video albums. They have also released fifty-six singles.
Balance Album Track Listing:
1. The Seventh Seal
2. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
3. Don’t Tell Me ( What Love Can Do )
5. Big Fat Money
6. Strung Out
7. Not Enough
9. Doin’ Time
11. Take Me Back ( Déjà Vu )