Bon Jovi round two - and an album that is usually overlooked by many, despite it being a quality product.
This CD showed a mature sound from the band, after their debut's pop-like feel. It is probably the bands most heavy rock album, and full of songs that have a strong guitar base to them.
The album is not quite as uplifting as their later stuff, which may put people off, but the songs are a vast improvement on their debut album.
Tokyo Road, for me, is the standout. Jon's lyrics are superb here, much improved from last time, stronger, more resilient and a bit lower in tone.
King of the Mountain is a guilty pleasure - not particularly brilliant, but an enjoyable, indulgent song. Silent Night is also a strong track, that has a creepy opening sound, but will totally rock your socks off.
This Bon Jovi album is the exception to the rest of their career. The heavy rock sound making it not only sound completely different to later albums, but almost being a one off. Don't expect the love ballads, or fast-paced stadium sound. This is a band showing they can do quality material, and therefore it deserves to be heard.