I admit it. I grew up listening to Bon Jovi. The power ballad, the sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-lungs, they were hard to resist at times!
I really love “Livin’ On a Prayer”. You get a sense that this couple is really struggling – but that they’re going to make it because they keep trying. Given the number of disasters that hit our world, it’s an encouraging thought.
I’ve always enjoyed “Wanted Dead or Alive” – that guitar riff is just so haunting, and the sense that the band is adrift and carried along is a lot like “Faithfully” by Journey. They give you a glimpse into the down-side of being a big band.
“Blaze of Glory” is another great one for me, another one to sing along at the top of my lungs. Maybe I watched westerns a little too much growing up, but the power behind the song really gets to me. “I don’t know where I’m going – only God knows where I’ve been”. I feel like that sometimes.
Really, there’s something to be said for pretty much any song here. “Runaway” calls to mind the times it really did seem like a valid solution, taking off into the night. “Lay your hands on me” has an attraction of a different type.
Yes, these are hot-rock-blasts for playing loud as you drive your car down the freeway at top speed. If that’s the music you enjoy, you’ll be thrilled with this!