I bought this CD when it first came out a few years ago. I have to admit, when I first listened to it, I did not like it. At all. I guess I thought it was too…different. Unfortunately, I think I kind of put it in one of my “reject” CD piles. It must have been months later that I eventually dug it out and started listening to it again. After hearing it a few more times, I finally realized “Wow this is really good”. This album is COMPLETELY un-Bon Jovi, but that’s probably one of the reasons it’s so good. As always, Jon succeeds in blowing me away with his songwriting talents. I guess you could say the songs are more mellow; don’t expect any Livin’ on a Prayers, Bad Medicines, etc. But it’s a nice change to hear Jon sing (with the band it can be more like yelling) and without the blaring guitars. Don’t get me wrong, Bon Jovi wouldn’t be Bon Jovi without Richie or those amazing choruses, but this IS a solo album.As a whole, this album is probably one of the best I’ve heard. I could get into detailing every song but it would take me forever because there are so many good things I could say about each one. In fact, this is one of only two CDs I’ve ever encountered (the other being Cross Road of course) that I can just put in the CD player and let it play. I really don’t think there is even one bad song on it.Do I recommend this album? Absolutely. BUT, if you go into it trying to compare it with Bon Jovi the band, you will likely have the same reaction I did at first. If you can accept it for the great music that it is, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.