Wrong Turns out of 10.
Once again a typical boring Bon Jovi cover. It's a photo of a guy (but
you can't see his face) sitting on a suitcase plastered with Bon Jovi
logos looking like he's waiting for a ride. Did I make it sound exciting
as it really is - good! : ) Ya know I just remembered that Tico is supposed
to be an "artist" who sells paintings and stuff when they
are between albums. Can't he come up with some cool art for one of their
album covers one of these times?
Cheaters out of 10.
The booklet features an interview with Jon and Richie covering how the
album came together (along with some photos and the typical thank you's
- no lyrics though). They discuss who they worked with and why they
changed it from their original concept. The album was originally supposed
to be an acoustic "best of" album with maybe a few extras
thrown in. Jon said he would have felt like a "cheater" for
doing that and he wanted to give his fans something with value. So instead
they re-wrote and re-recorded 12 of their best songs in lets say a very
different way. After listening to this album I feel cheated for what
it turned out to be; I would have been much happier with an acoustic
album. The best part of the album is the photo on the back - mighty
Prozacs out of 10.
PLEASE do not listen to this if you are depressed or this may just put
you over the edge. Or maybe as a Bon Jovi fan it was simply horrifying
to hear how awful this album is. I am almost embarrassed for them that
they actually released something that sounds this bad. I'm not sure
what is worse this album or the Bon Jovi Tribute album. Probably the
worst thing on this album is the new version of "Livin' on a Prayer".
Jon does a duet with the Producer's wife and I think I'd rather hear
the neighbor's cat in heat all night than listen to this one again.
She sounds like a little troll woman that lives under a bridge; I have
no idea what they were thinking. Other songs that they ripped to shreds
and pretty much ruined include: "Bad Medicine", "You
Give Love a Bad Name", "I'll Be There For You" and "Always".
Other songs included in this little treat are: "Wanted Dead or
Alive", "It's My Life", "Lay Your Hands on Me",
"Bed of Roses", "Everyday", "Born to Be My
Baby", and "Keep the Faith". I'll let you make your own
conclusions on those.
Comments: I know a lot of hardcore
Bon Jovi fans and even they don't like this CD. I hope this doesn't
indicate the direction Bon Jovi is going in the future. If you read
the interview you'll see that they seem to think that this album and
producer is the greatest thing to come along since Metal Sludge. Hopefully
when they see their sales in the toilet and hear all of their fans pissed
off they will change their minds. Overall I only recommend this one
if you are into being tortured or you have a really good sense of humor.