.. because as Bon Jovi would prove in the 90’s, they were much more than the run-of-the-mill hair metal bands that plauged the late 80’s. Slippery When Wet, possibly their most accomplished album, illustrates the spirit of everything that was good about 80’s rock, without the things that were bad. Bon Jovi had looks, but they had chops too. Jon Bon Jovi finds his voice on this album (after mixed results with his Springsteen-ish wail on his first two efforts) and while Richie Sambora hadn’t shed his Eddie Van Halen tributes yet, he sounded more alive on this album than on most any other tracks he ever laid down. The rhythm section is really one of the more underlooked in rock but the production is top-notch, letting every musician have their moments. Every song has the typical 80’s gloss and shine, yet the band pushes themselves to demonstrate that they have real, live talent. Every song on this album is a winner, as well, from the Pyromania-ish kickoff of ‘Let It Rock’ to the mega-hits Livin on a Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive, You give love a Bad name, and Never Say Goodbye’, right on down to the killer album tracks like Raise your Hands and especially ‘I’d Die for You’. Slippery When Wet is Bon Jovi’s most consistent, focused affair, and if you want a good case to make about how good the 80’s could be, then look no further than this album.