Classic Rock and Hard Rock & Metal album by Bon Jovi
What does a wildly successful purveyor of 80s big hair power ballads do in an ensuing decade dominated by fervent shoe-gazing and other attendant alt.cliches? If youre Jon Bon Jovi, you scale back your bands ambitions, retool yourself … see full wiki
Well, don't judge a CD by its cover. Whoever came up with the face idea should definately be let go, but luckily the art and design of the CD and cover don't reflect the music.
I'll say this: I don't think this is Bon Jovi's greatest work. It's not comparable to anything they did in the '80s; it doesn't have that rawness of their self-titled debut, or the hard rock edge of "Slippery When Wet" or the big sound of "New Jersey." But, it's not as commercial (as some called "These Days" and "Crush") as some of their latest work.
Bon Jovi said they took a new direction with this album. I'm not overly fond with it because it's as if it took out that pop metal/ hard rock edge that defined who they were as a band. Yet, judging it simply as a release and body of work, it's not bad at all. It's a lighter sound, nothing like "Bounce," which is unfortunate because that sound really worked for them as well.
There are some tracks to me that tend to blur into one song, simply because they have the same pace, they same quality, and nothing really stands about about them. Then there are other tracks that truly stand out, perhaps because they go against a lot of the music that Bon Jovi's done in the past. "Welcome to Wherever You Are," "I Am," "Complicated," and the "Who Says You Can't Go Home" duet with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles are must hear tracks. They're what salvage this release from simply being a mediocre release.
I am a bit disapointed, simply because they do seem a little softer than usual in tone and subject matter. Yet, some of these songs really are good at least the band is trying new sounds this far into their career. Worth you buying, even if you haven't a clue who Bon Jovi is. This is a nice CD to get your collection started with.