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  • Man this is by far the 2nd best Bon Jovi album after Keep The Faith then comes Slippery when wet, new jersey etc. In fact I don’t even listen to the 80s albums much except for the 90s ones.
    Why???? Because of the maturity of the songwriting and the structure of the songs. Listen to the lyrics of “Something to believe in”. A very dark and moody song along with other ones too like “Hey God”, “These Days”, “As my guitar lies bleeding”.

    This was also the album to not feature their longtime bassist Alec John Such who left after Keep The Faith due to a rift b/w himself and JBJ. But this didn’t stop the album doing platinum in the states and again topped the UK charts becoming another major hit there. Another hit, another multiplatinum hit, Bon Jovi sails on, unscarred by the trends and alternative bands that were killing off the glam bands.

    This is an album for those that despised glam bands as this album tackled on many issues regarding beliefs, life and issues.

    Posted on March 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’m writing this because most of the reviews I’ve seen for THESE DAYS have been pretty negative. The songs on here aren’t as catchy or infectious as SLIPPERY WHEN WET, but they are musically superior to the band’s most notorious album.THESE DAYS starts with “Hey God,” the most intense song on the CD. A powerful track, it stays on the theme of album, which is how difficult life is during these times (or these days…aptly enough). “These days you’re even harder to believe,” sums up the song’s take on God in the modern era. The CD then slips into “Something for the Pain,” a catchy tune that hearkens back to SLIPPERY’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” style upbeat songs.”This Ain’t a Love Song,” the third track, is the album’s first ballad, a powerful one about losing love, the other major theme of the album. Bon Jovi then moves to the title track, a chilling view of the world that is one of the album’s best songs. “Lie to Me,” track five, is the tale of a desperate man searching for love, while the sixth track, “Damned,” is a desperate man having an affair and realizing his inevitable doom.”My Guitar Lies Bleeding in my Arms,” quiets things down from the noisier sixth track and is once again a great song. The expression of the guitar used as an extremity of a broken heart is simply beautiful, as is the acoustic guitar used to accompany it. The best track on the album, “(It’s Hard) Letting You Go” is by itself worth the purchase of this album. Again, it deals with the trouble of finding love in the complicated world of today. Similarly, track nine, “Hearts Breaking Even” deals with lost love. Track 11, “If That’s What It Takes,” is one of the lone inspirational songs of the album (with the second track), and is the story of going to extremes to satisfy love for another.”Something to Believe In” and “Diamind Ring” are tracks 10 and 12, and are somewhat weaker than the others on this album. However, they are still good listening material and show the band’s ability to diversify.Overall, THESE DAYS is a little more melancholy than the band’s earlier efforts. However, the material is every bit as worth listening to, if not superior to the ’80s hit albums. If you are a Bon Jovi fan, don’t let the negative reviews scare you away from this album. If you are not a fan and have only listened to radio hits, be warned: this is a different experience. Different, and better.

    Posted on March 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • One has to give Bon Jovi credit; they foresaw the grunge stormand they knew that the kind of pop-rock they specialized in and did sowell would be out of vogue come 1992, and they somehow, someway,managed to subtly change their style enough to keep most of their fans and still produce good rock music with Keep the Faith. ‘These Days’ is a continuation of the ‘new’ Bon Jovi. Under the surface, the band didn’t change THAT much. A few less singalong, glossy ballads, a few more mature social commentaries, but it’s still Bon Jovi. They’re certainly more apt to comment on what’s on their mind, as the album-opening angst of ‘Hey God’ demonstrates, but they still haven’t forgetten their uncanny sense of making good, fun rock cool, as the next track, Something for the Pain also shows (Uncannily, during the height of the gloom-n-doom rock movement, this was a sizable hit). After the first two songs, it sags a little, with the ballads taking the center stage for most of the remainder of the album, and while Lie to Me, Diamond Ring, This Ain’t a Love Song, and It’s Hard Letting You Go are all good songs, it’s not what Bon Jovi does best. The rockers still shine, Damned, Hearts Breaking Even, and If that’s what it Takes are all worthy cuts. Rounding out the album is the suicide-note cry of ‘My Guitar lies Bleeding in my Arms’, possibly the best song on the album, slow, menacing, eerie, and then kicking into a powerful rage that hits home. The lyrics are starting to get a wee bit tired, but it’s to be expected for a band that managed to get lucky by staying reasonably hip over the years and is still trying to maintain it’s audience. These Days is a perfectly good effort from a band that just may be around for longer than anyone ever expected.

    Posted on March 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I know everyone is complaining about this album, but I have to say that it is actually pretty good. Granted, it took a while for it to grow on me, but once it did, it didn’t come out of my CD player. It’s one of those albums that you can play pretty much straight through without skipping songs. Some of the lyrics are pretty mundane and cliche, but the music is great. I recommend this album to all Bon Jovi fans.

    Posted on March 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Bon Jovi was born into the rock and roll world sometime in the year of 1984 with their self-titled album. Their second album, 7800° Fahrenheit followed, but it wasn’t until their third, Slippery When Wet, that Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, David Bryan and Tico Torres became a house-hold name with their catchy-yet-thought-provoking tunes about having fun, boy/girl relationships, and friendship. By the time their fourth album, New Jersey, hit the hungry public they had become one of the biggest rock acts of the 80s.The 90s arrived, proving to be a treacherous road for many of the 80s rock bands, but not so for Bon Jovi. In 1990-91, we saw the growth of both Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora with their solo projects, Blaze of Glory and Stranger In This Town during a period of uncertainty within the band. By 1992, Bon Jovi was ready to take on the world with Keep The Faith and shortly thereafter with Crossroads, their greatest hits album, leaving Bon Jovi very much on the rock and roll map. This year, in 1995, marked the departure of bassist Alec John Such and the release of their most recent effort, These Days — an album that shows a deep maturity and keen insight into a 90s world full of agitation, desperation, loss of hope and a lack of heroes.The album opens with a hard-hitting “Hey God”, which explores issues of poverty, violence and hard times in today’s world, while questioning God’s presence as these tragedies go unchecked. “Something For The Pain” begins with windchime-sounding keyboards and a forceful guitar intro. The song has a catchy feel, a harmonious chorus, and thought-provoking lyrics about needing someone or something to get you through those painful blues. Richie and Jon add a nice effect to the song by singing separate verses at the same time during the bridge. “Damned” is an all-out jam with a funky rhythm and soaring vocals by Jon, who sings about being involved with a married woman. With a crunchy beat and flavorful horns this song can only prove to be great live. “My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms” is eerie-sounding and dismal both musically and vocally, telling the torture of being hit with writer’s block. “If That’s What It Takes” provides us with a positive outlook on being there for your partner in a relationship and trusting that person, even though that trust has been broken in the past. The ballads are plentiful on this album, but they are all very unique in their own right. “This Ain’t A Love Song” is a break-up song that paints beautiful pictures lyrically, laced with engaging keyboards and R&B vocals. “Lie To Me” is a relationship song about having some hope left as long as your soul mate believes in you because, without that, there would be nothing left. Musically, it’s backed with melodic keyboards and guitars, while Richie croons softly in the background. “(It’s Hard) Letting You Go” uses picturesque lyrical prose telling a gut-wrenching story about grieving the loss of someone you love very much, backed up by a simple, yet enchanting guitar melody. “Heart’s Breaking Even” is another break-up song about calling quits on a relationship before it’s too late, providing a waltzy, soulful rhythm. The title song, “These Days” begins with an exquisite piano intro, leading into a sonorous guitar intro. The clever lyrics, sung soulfully by Jon, paints a very real picture of today’s world of lost innocence, irrevocable heroes, and dreams hard to grasp. The most depressing song of the album, “Something To Believe In” proposes a sense of hopelessness about friendships, religion, and circumstances. Backed by a tribal drum beat and tambourine, and punctuated with a series of “heys” by Richie, this song proves to be the most cynical on the album. “Diamond Ring” wraps up the album with simple, yet meaningful lyrics, wrapped around an euphonious acoustic guitar. Jon’s clear, aesthetic vocals and Richie’s backups makes this short, yet charming song complete.These Days is a wonderful, mature collaboration that is very real and insightful lyrically, while it shows off Jon’s incredible vocal abilities and the band’s unbelievable musical expertise. Despite the excellence of this album, some masterpieces have been pitifully left out. One standout, “Lonely At The Top” is another simple acoustic number about a girl’s father who committed suicide because he couldn’t deal with his fame any longer. Beautifully written and sung, it touches the heart. Another standout, “Bitter Wine” is another ballad filled with poignant piano, ethereal guitars, and tender vocals, and is lyrically bittersweet and elegant. Three other gems, “All I Want Is Everything” shows the boys can still write a kicking rock tune, “When She Comes” is mellow, yet catchy with it’s driving bass rhythm, and “The End” is whimsical and delightful. “Wedding Day”, an upbeat ballad flavored with a tad of county influence, is melodic and wistful, diplaying Jon’s intrinsically exquisite voice. One tune that I don’t particularly care for is “Prostitute” , which I find too divergent and eccentric, making it more reminiscent of Nirvana.Bon Jovi doesn’t need to prove they are a 90s band; they’ve already done so. They mix what they know with new, flavorful ideas that keep their music refreshing and always moving forward. They never regurgitate past albums, as each one sounds significantly different from the other. They continue to improve musically, lyrically, and vocally, while they remain charming performers live. What’s more, they’re even nice guys. These Days , as with their previous works, proves to be another hit.

    Posted on March 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now