- Audio CD (11 Jun. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mercury
- ASIN: B000PHX1ZE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Given the chart success of their Grammy-winning country single "Who Says You Can't Go Home," it's no surprise Bon Jovi upped the ante by recording an entire album paying homage to Nashville. In some ways, it's amazing they didn't do this sooner, given the way Keith Urban in particular is blurring country-pop lines, much as Garth Brooks and others did in the 1990s. To their credit, you won't find predictably shallow invocations of past country icons or any self-conscious, in-your-face down-home twang added strictly to remind the listener of the musical premise. In fact, Lost Highway isn't "Bon Jovi goes country" so much as a meaningful tribute to the Nashville ethos done on their own terms. They honor the spirit of the town through 12 simple, direct originals. The intimate, smoldering "(You Want to) Make a Memory," the ballad "Seat Next to You,", "Lost Highway" and its roaring celebration of freedom, and "Stranger," an effective duet with LeAnn Rimes, all invoke country's spirit, and "I Love This Town," an eloquent nod to Nashville itself, ties it together admirably. --Rich Kienzle
The scarily large hair and outrageously tight trousers may have fallen by the wayside, but Bon Jovi are back with their tenth studio album, and it's a surprisingly country-influenced record.
Lost Highway hasn't lost any of the huge sing-along choruses that has made Bon Jovi one of the largest stadium rocking bands in the world, but to their credit, they are trying something a bit different at the same time as giving their fans what they want. They have always flirted a bit with country/cowboy symbols in the past (''Wanted Dead Or Alive'', anybody?) but this time have got down and done the dirty on an album described as 'a Bon Jovi record influenced by Nashville'.
There are tracks here that are disappointingly pedestrian, such as Summertime, which you just want to end as soon as it starts, but then comes ''We Got It Going On'', a song stuffed full of classic Richie Sambora talkbox action, extended guitar solos, gravely vocals, name checks for Jon, and Richie, and the immortal line 'we'll be bangin' and sangin' just like the Rolling Stones'.
''(You Want To) Make A Memory'' and ''Seat Next To You'' are definite lighter in the air moments, but ''Everybody's Broken'' is a real stadium classic with lyrics like 'when you wonder why you're breathing/know you're not alone/it's so hard to believe/when it's easier to doubt'. You can almost hear Dolly Parton singing, sorry sangin', the words.
If you're a fan of Bon Jovi then there is nothing here that you won't like. For others, it certainly won't blow you away, but it won't make your ears bleed either. However, if you're after the likes of the classic 80s Slippery When Wet album, you won't find it here. Think big guitars tempered with country stylings, lyrics of emotional turmoil and ordinary people striving for something better, and you'll be about there. --Helen Groom
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Top Customer Reviews
Before the purchase of LOST HIGHWAY, I always ranked Keep the Faith and These Days as their finest albums. Now, I consider LOST HIGHWAY and These Days as their best albums to date. The new album is not just country, it's an amazing mix of Rock and country together that blend to make one incredible sound. I have been listening to their new album since the day it was released and have not been able to stop listening to it since.
LOST HIGHWAY: This song was a great choice as the first song on the album. It has a care-free spirit about it and kicks the album off with a great feel. I have listened to this song many times and find myself mysteriously drawn back to it on a daily basis. A very relaxing song to listen to!!!
SUMMERTIME: If you want a song to rock to while driving down the road with the windows down...look no further! This one has a classic rock feel to it with a little bit more of the carefree spirit. A great reminiscent number that took me back to the better times spent with friends.Read more ›
The overall mood of the album is more reflective (understandable given the situations some of the band members are living through at the moment) and as a result the songs are very powerful without simply being legions of distorted guitars. There has been more thought put into individual parts than is evident on other recent albums and this contributes to the depth and quality of experience. The guitar solos are back too! Richie is an outstanding guitarist and has a wonderfully expressive style which he allows out to play here. Really adds to the albums worth. Also, We got it going on features a Peter Frampton-scaring talkbox solo which makes you want to jump around with joy. The only niggle is the fact that David Bryan's keyboards remain criminally underused. He is such a massive part of their live sound and it makes little sense why he appears almost redundant on recordings.Read more ›
The New Jersey rockers could hardly have spawned any rock anthems like 'Livin' On A Prayer' or 'It's My Life' with this release, but I think it's always good to have a different style album that we aren't used to from a successful, long-running band.
'We Got It Going On', an energetic duet with country-music duo Big and Rich is a decent track, as is the title song, these are more rockier and fast paced songs in comparison to the slower, laid back tracks, which I also like. The instantly likeable 'Summertime' is a great summer anthem and one of the highlights, the very sentimental '(You Want To) Make A Memory is rather dull, but a grower (still, not my ideal choice of a single) and 'Seat Next To You' and 'Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore' are gentle, relaxing and sweet.
This country-influenced record might not be of everyone's taste, and I confess it isn't a style I'd like them to turn to permanently, but it's a refreshing change. The typical Bon Jovi theme of ordinary people looking for a better life is still here, and the songwriting is still very good. In fact, if you're a country fan, you'll definitely find lots to love, even if you didn't care for the Jersey boys before.
I think that 'Lost Highway' is a successful attempt at Bon Jovi making a country album. I'd recommend that you do listen to a few tracks first though, then you can decide if you like them enough to buy this.
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Love love love this CD. I play it over and over again and never tire I it, but I am a huge Bon jovi fan.Published 6 months ago by Kazndek
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