How do you follow up an album like Slippery When Wet? Well, frankly, just like this! While New Jersey didn’t quite make the big splash that Slippery did it certainly still made a big “wave” in the hair-rock world! Slippery would have been the perfect cd if it would have replaced some of its songs with ones like “Bad Medicine”, “Lay Your Hands on Me”, or “Stick to Your Guns”. All of these are great rock songs especially “Bad Medicine”. This cd relies more on the voices of the group and less on the, not so inconsiderable, guitar playing of Richie Sambora, this is what makes this cd different than Slippery. “Bad Medicine” I guess is the “You Give Love a Bad Name” song for NJ, and “Lay Your Hands on Me” is the “Let it Rock” song of NJ. So I guess, in a way, it still highly resembles Slippery, but why shouldn’t it? I mean, Slippery was one of the best rock albums of the ’80’s, so why not try to repeat the formula that made that album? You could argue all day about how different and alike the 2 albums are but still one thing is definately agreeable; both are awesome! “Bad Medicine” has great lyrics, guitars, drums, and vocals. “Lay Your Hands on Me”, while not the best song in terms of lyrics is still a powerful rock song. “Blood on Blood” is a great song and a great anthem to any guy teen group. “Born to be my Baby”, Living in Sin”, “Wild is the Wind” are all wonderful rock songs too. “I’ll be There for You” is not the best rock ballad out there, or even Jovi’s greatest, but it’s still good. “Love for Sale” is different and funny, that is what makes that song work. “99 in the Shade”, although it has a strange tune is good too. I think this album represents the versatility of Bon Jovi, not only in the songs, but in the style of music. Several songs on this cd are nothing like any of their previous or later cds. You can really tell though that Jon and Richie both find their voices in this one too. Their vocals were mixed very well with the music. Although this isn’t their best, with Slippery still being #1,in my opinion, NJ is a close second. In closing I’ll say this; I can’t find enough great things to say about Bon Jovi (the man and the group) their songs, lyrics, guitars, drums, voices, and talent are all top notch stuff, and New Jersey mixes all of their great talent together into one cd. So, if you’re an ’80’s “hair-rock” music fan, buy it! if your a Bon Jovi fan you should already have it! If you’re just a fan of great rock in general, you should buy it. Frankly, New Jersey and Slippery When Wet make a magnificent team! So put them in a cd player and play both of them back to back… the way it should be!
Thanks to Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi procured the sort of world domination dreamt of by demented European dictators and Bond villains–at which point the band decided that they didn’t really want to rule the planet. Though New Jersey contains several Jovi stadium anthems, including the single ”Bad Medicine,” and though the album’s videos showed that the intricately layered and feathered coiffures were intact, this is where Bon Jovi began changing. The title offers a broad hint as to what Jon Bon Jovi in particular was trying to change into: short of renaming the album I Come from the Same Place as Bruce Springsteen, he could scarcely have been more obvious about his intentions. ”Living in Sin,” indeed, takes Bon Jovi’s increasing obsession with Springsteen to the verge of pastiche. –Andrew Mueller
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Bon Jovi is a great band and New Jersey is their all-time best album to me. It’s solid on every track from the great rock song, “Bad Medicine” and “Stick to Your Guns” to the ballad, “I’ll Be There for You.” Bon Jovi continues to make great music, but it’ll be hard to top this one. FUN music- now there’s a new concept.
This was the first Bon Jovi I got to hear when I bought it in Feb. of 1989. It still is a solid rock album all throughout, rockers and their familiar power ballads. I didn’t think that they would top Slippery When Wet, but this album is just as entertaining as well as rocking. Blood on Blood is very Springsteen-ish, kind of like Born To Run, but very well done. The opening song makes you feel like you’re in a concert, in a stadium of over 50,000 people screaming, with Lay Your Hands on Me! I still love Bad Medicine and Tico Torres’ incredible drum playing on it. Especially on the last two lines before the last chorus where he hits those drums hard 8 times, then the bottom part where he hits the snare 5 times!!!! I turn up the volume or bang on the table every time that part comes up in that song. On several cuts, Jon Bon Jovi in a rare move was hitting some very high notes, which come out so very impressive! I don’t know of any other male singer who can hit those notes so high like that! And this was two years before Mariah Carey’s first album came out that Jon Bon Jovi was doing this high note approach. It’s the high point of this album every time I hear I’ll Be There For You and Living in Sin. Other songs I like, Born to Be My Baby and its familiar sing along chorus, Stick To Your Guns, Wild Is The Wind, the rocking final song with 99 in the title and others. Jon as well as Richie Sambora wrote some very solid songs this time, perhaps the best in their band’s music career. And David Bryan’s keyboard playing still blends well with Sambora and Alec Jon Such’s lead guitars and Tico’s drumming! Jon sounds so versatile vocally in all the songs here. One of my favorite albums and it justifies in that album title that they’re proud to be from New Jersey! They really prove why that state can produce such very multitalented music artists from Springsteen to Sinatra to Whitney to Dionne to even them too and many others!
After the awesome success of Slippery When Wet, the band had to be intimidated by thought of following that album up. But if they were, they don’t show it as this album blisters. These guys aren’t your let your hair grow to your ass musicians who can’t really play and just got where they were because of the way they looked. These guys can play. Bad Medicine, Lay Your Hands On Me, & Living In Sin are killer tunes and Richie Sambora is underated as a guitarists. They right terrific lyrics and add fantastic instrument playing to make truly awesome and unforgettable songs. No Bon JOvi collection should be without this one.
I was a BJ fan all the way back to their first album, though I must admit ‘Runaway’ was not the song that hooked me but rather ‘She Don’t Know Me’.I followed them during the releases of their first two albums and when ‘Slippery When Wet’ came out and people thought they might be a one album wonder I knew better. ‘New Jersey’ is one of the best follow up records to a ‘bust out’ record ever (along with Def Leppard ‘Hysteria’ and pearl Jam ‘Vs.’). this album showed the new Bon Jovi fans that this band had more hits in them, and cemented them into the music scene.in addition this is the best BJ album off all. ‘Slippery When Wet’ has a few songs that are as good or better then songs on ‘New Jersey’ but as a whole ‘New Jersey’ never lets up and is one of the best rock albums you’ll hear.