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  • Bon Jovi is a band that may not be the best one (the best one’s were Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd), but their record-sales say otherwise. There is perhaps a grain of truth in the notion that half of their audience were teenagers and women and their sucess was soemwhat overrated, as well as that they went big on Jon Bon Jovi’s coiffeur and outlook, though.
    Nonetheless, I think they truly deserved their overwhealming breakthrough from the 80’s offering people catchy, competent and well-ctrafted pop-rock-metal tunes played on and on by the MTV. All in all, that’s how metal sounded in the mid-80’s (just take Whitesnake or Def Leppard). Personally, I have always been an advocate of this band, turning a blind eye on what other narrow-minded people kept saying about it. Yes, Bon Jovi has made couple of cheesy songs (“Always”) and some both cheesy and too commercial as well (“It’s my life”). “It’s my life” was a cheap trial to break to the pop-charts, but, if there are any open-minded music passionates there, you will notice that other bands had it as well (Van Halen had “Jump”, KISS had “I was made for loving you”).
    One has to take the band as a whole, and simply can’t deny the skillful and well-crafted musicanship of albums like “New Jersey” or “Keep the faith”. So, if you are too narrow-minded to rate this, you simply have no right to proclaim yourself a music-passionate or music-knower.
    “7800 Fahrenheit” is, undoubtedly, Bon Jovi at their peak. Altough their commercial breakthrough came a year later with “Slippery when wet”, to my opinon it should have come right with the release of this album. It is one of my favourites. Songs are tuneful, catchy, well-crafted and passionate; choruses are great; Richie’s guitar-solos are certainly at his career-best; Tico’s percussion to my opinion (listen to those tracks!) will NEVER reach a similar standard as here on this LP; the entire album seems to be really well preapred. It is undoubtedly Bon Jovi’s least commercial one as well.
    Paradoxically, I got this one as my BJ’s second, while many people buy it as the very least (or don’t buy at all). So, perhaps hence my peculiar sentiment for this one. But, what a pity if someone does not own it. If you listen to tracks like “In & out of love”, “King of mountain” or tracks 7-9, you’ll get the magic of it. You MUST listen couple of times to get it, first.
    I have fallen in love with this one, really. Absolutely no filler on this album. It contains the first (great) power-ballad of the band, “Silent night”; an epic Japaneese story “Tokyo road” with great, original Japaneese introduction with a young Jap girl singing; their second (and only one from this album) Top-40 hit “In & out of love”; and finally, tracks 7-9 – each of them is one of my all-time favourites. Perhaps newcomers won’t get it; I’m into Bon Jovi (and music as general) for years, and I think I’m blessed and priviliged enough not to underrate the true GENIOUS of “Hardest part is the night”, “To the fire” and “Always tun to you”. These songs are simply amazing. The guitar and percussion are incredible, and they are so incredibly catchy you can’t get them out of your head quickly. Listen once, twice, and if you are open-minded enough, you’ll get the magic of Bon Jovi at their peak.

    Posted on November 29, 2009