NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BON JOVI "SLIPPERY WHEN WET"

THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)

BON JOVI


"SLIPPERY WHEN WET"


Bon Jovi have a massive following all around the world, and although their music today is sometimes slated as the "same old Bon Jovi record" from non-fans I love the fact that they just keep on putting out good old fashioned Rock 'n Roll.  From raucous guitar driven rockers to the anthemic emotional ballads the guys still claim a big space in my music collection.

Although New Jersey runs this album close as my favourite with its multitude of hits I prefer this because this was the album that got me hooked on the band.  From this I also went out and bought Jon's Power Stations tracks, the debut Bon Jovi album "Bon Jovi" and "7800 Fahrenheit" and now all the albums since of Jon, Richie and the band.


The 3 top 20 hits are here that everyone who hasn't been living under a rock recognises.  Every non Bon Jovi fan knows "Livin' On A Prayer", the epitome of the mature Bon Jovi sound, quick fingered keyboards, pounding drums, guitar riffs galore and Jon's powerful vocals make up a Classic Rock singalong.  "You Give Love A Bad Name" is similar in vein with another memorable chorus that everyone enjoys at 80s parties.  "Never Say Goodbye" is a really lovely song and a romantic Rock classic, Jon really got the emotional vocals to a tee in this one, amazing it only reached 21 in te chart but I guess the album was in everybody's household by then!  

One of my favourite singles from Bon Jovi and on this album is "Wanted Dead Or Alive", a cowboy song with the hero in question having a gutiar instead of a gun, riding a "steel horse" and with a "loaded six string".  Probably telling the story of the dives and bars that the band played in to learn their trade.  Great harmonies and great Rock twangs and atmosphere.

The album opens with "Let It Rock", possibly one of the best openers of a record in my opinion.  A huge church organ opening then an explosion of screeching guitars, thumping drums and anthemic chorus paved the way for the new Bon Jovi sound.

"Social Disease" and "I'd Die For You" are probably the lesser tracks on this album but they have stiff opposition here.  The former is a song that I like but maybe it lacks a real catchy chorus to stand out while the latter is akin to "Shot Through The Heart" but without a good chorus, it kind of stumbles through to the end like an afterthought filler.

"Raise Your Hands" is guaranteed stadium participation but not a particularly great song, it seems a bit mixed up for me.  "Wild In The Streets" is a brilliant party rocker, singalong chorus and bouncy enthusiasm in abundance!

"Without Love" to the soppy Rock lover like me has the best of both worlds, similar lyrical emotion to "Never Say Goodbye" but its half ballad/half Rock works superbly and yet another memorable chorus which has been at the centre of Bon Jovi's popularity for decades!


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