I’m giving a standing ovation for Eddie Van Halen. After hearing all of the longer (90 second) clips of some of the new Van Halen songs (go here: http://www.youtube.com/user/VHFrance ), I am convinced that this guy has not played guitar this well since possibly before Sammy Hagar joined the band. On pretty much all of these longer clips, there are moments where a new interesting part of the song (bridge / riff / whatever) kicks in and I think, "Whoah... That's f#cking cool!" And, his actual performances are TIGHT. With the possible exception of 5150, I don't think they've put out an album with as many songs that I dig since 1984. Ed's playing is out of this world (especially compared to the last 3 or more albums). I think that Wolfgang is one of the best things that ever happened to him. He has inspired and refocused his dad. For as much as I occasionally miss Mike Anthony and his backing vocals (seems like a nice guy, too), I think that Ed needed his son intimately involved in his life. But, I digress. This **** is GREAT! Anyway, as I said (see the link above), some guy from France uploaded 90 second previews of the new songs to his youtube account. You can hear a minute and a half from the middle of these songs. I really like "You and Your Blues" (good chorus) and "As Is" more than I thought I would. "Big River" has a great hook for the chorus, too. It's all good stuff. "She's the Woman" is really cool. I actually like most of 'em. I'm pumped! In summary, congratulations to Eddie Van Halen for playing the guitar better than he has since I was a kid. His chops are back. He actually “picks” solos and doesn’t rely on dive bombs. The licks and riffs (even the new ones that didn’t used to be old demos) are very interesting. I have to admit that I had my doubts at times and would never have bet on him playing stuff so well and coming up with ideas quite this good and this interesting again. http://www.youtube.com/user/VHFrance .