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David Lee Roth
"A Little Ain't Enough"

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March 26 - 01, 2023

Year of Release: 1991
  • A Lil' Ain't Enough
  • Shoot It
  • Lady Luck
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Tell The Truth
  • Baby's On Fire
  • 40 Below
  • Sensible Shoes
  • Last Call
  • The Dogtown Shuffle
  • It's Showtime
  • Drop In The Bucket

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    The former lead singer of Van Halen returns this week, with his 1991 release, A Little Ain't Enough. This album was his third solo album. It would soon begin his decline, as music was changing to a new genre -- Grunge. Although the album's tour was sucessful in Europe, it was not in the U.S., with opening acts Extreme and Cinderella. With poor ticket sales, the tour was shortened or cancelled. In the UK, the album reached #4, while in the U.S., #18. The album featured an up-and-coming guitarist, Jason Becker, who was diagnosed with amyotropic lateral sclerois (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). Becker had joined DLR's band, but was unable to tour, due to his illness. A tribute album was released for Becker, which included a band from the WSVNRadio Hall of Fame, Haven.

    Although Grunge music was making its way, the style of music on Roth's A Little Ain't Enough continues what he had accomplished before in his music, that being Hard Rock, as heard in his Van Halen years, and his previous solo albums. The title track (titled as "A Lil' Ain't Enough" opens up the album, with it's hard rock drive, and could have easily been a 1991 Van Halen tune, if VH and DLR were still together. "Shoot It" continues the DLR Rock, although the title track is better. "Lady Luck" has a VH "Runnin' With The Devil" vibe, and sounds as if it was another Van Halen tune, in 1991. The guitars are the driving force of this song, a little heavier than Eddie Van Halen's. "Hammerhead Shark" has another VH vibe, "Panama."

    "Tell The Truth" has a great blues feel, and it works extremely well on this one. (WSVNRadio Hall of Fame's Haven did a cover of this song, on the Jason Becker Tribute - Warmth In The Wilderness. Likewise, there were other songs from this DLR album that appeared on the Becker tribute album, by other artists.) "Baby's On Fire" is back on the hard rock DLR trail. Yet, there are better songs than this one. "40 Below" is another DLR hard rocker, and again, it's not one of the album's best, but it continues DLR's hard rocking trail. (And speaking of Country, there is a Various Artists BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY Tribute to Van Halen -- Strummin' With The Devil: The Southern Side Of Van Halen.)

    "Sensible Shoes" is a different sounding song for DLR, as it has an almost Country style, especially for the guitars. It's quite a head-turner, as compared to the other hard rock songs, and given his musical style throughout. "Last Call" is ok; it probably could have been the album's last track. "The Dogtown Shuffle" is quite good, with it's groovin' direction. "It's Showtime" has the Eddie Van Halen fast-guitar style, and could be another 1991 VH tune, as in "Hots For Teacher." Ending the album is another common (solo) DLR Rock song, "Drop In The Bucket."

    David Lee Roth's A Little Ain't Enough has its moments. It has the comparisons of Van Halen, and continues the solo work of DLR, as heard from his previous two solo releases. If DLR remained with Van Halen, this could have been a 1991 Van Halen album (that being with the VH comparison songs.) Yet, DLR continued onward with his solo career, and it didn't quite surpass the success of his former band, as they continued with a new singer, Sammy Hagar. DLR's solo music didn't achieve future greatness, with 2 more solo albums in the 1990s, and his latest, in 2003. He did return as Van Halen's lead singer in 2012, on their album A Different Kind Of Truth. Gone now is his long hair, as he retired in 2021. He does make frequent appearances, as he is adapting to his older years, and still has his persona, and occupies his time with his own projects: 1) INK the Original, a linen of skincare products designed to protect tattooed skin. 2) He is a state-licensed emergency medical technician in New York. 3) He is a martial artist, and 4) He is a visual artist in painting drawing, with a theme of social commentary. He never married, although he has many loves in his life, which he hasn't mentioned names.

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