At the time of release this was heavily criticised, but five years on, lets re-review the album...
It's My Life is an undisputed modern classic. Searing vocals, heavy rock sounds, and a fantastic beat make it a real crowd pleaser that just can't be ignored.
Unfortunately, the album is not full of these rock tunes, but settles down into quite a false sense of relaxation.
Forget Mystery Train, Save The World and She's a Mystery - all some of Bon Jovi's worst pieces of music. They've earned enough respect for us to gloss over some of their dodgy days! Thankyou For Loving Me is also not particularly inspiring, just trying to be an Always wannabe.
But skip to tracks like One Wild Night, Captain Crash and Next 100 Years, and you'll see a band that can, and do, continue to rock as hard as ever. Captain Crash is fantastic in it's fast-paced beat, bubblegum lyrics and humourous style. it's a good, old-fashioned Bon Jovi FUN, song.
Next 100 Years starts off quite slowly, but when you get to the guitar solo be prepared to be rocked off your feet! Richie plays the guitar to perfection, and revels in this opportunity to really take centre stage.
Just Older is another, overlooked as boring and hokey upon release, it is actually quite poignant and nostalgic, and a real heart clencher if you read the lyrics. BJovi once again showing their versatility.
Crush is pretty much essential for the rock-loving enthusiast. Once again, Bon Jovi have re-defined themselves for a new era of music fans that has taken them through three generations.
They may be getting older, but their ability to ROCK hasn't.