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4.0 out of 5 stars
Bon Jovi - gets ready to CRUSH the world!!!!, 4 April 2001
Bon Jovi's entrance to the year 2000 has a modern fresh feel about the songs that were recorded to make an album like "Crush", which strays far enough into pop/rock adding a mixture of various sound elements. First off, Bon Jovi enters the charts with a bit of the Slippery when wet glory days talk-box laden, ("It's My Life") that remains a strong track. Followed by a Beatles sounding ("Say It Isn't So"), and even sweet, stomping British glam T. Rex or David Bowie ("Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars"), a little different from their previous work. Always a big influence of Job Bon Jovi, a Springsteen-flavored ("Two Story Town") and the gutsy ("Next Hundred Years") with major guitar riffs from Sambora!. ("Just Older") sums up Bon Jovi's acceptance of their current status nicely and is still able to deliver. ("I Got The Girl") and ("Mystery Train") lend it's hand to a rather pop sound while requisite power ballads of ("Thank You for Loving Me") and ("Save the World") are kinda' mawkish in a working-class way (Both could be soundtrack songs taken from Meet Joe Black and Armageddon respectively!). ("She's A Mystery") is a smooth, slick sounding tone delivered with warmth while ("One Wild Night") is a welcome gritty ending for rockers, that has now taken on a re-mixed version for 2001!. The bonus tracks, not previously included are ("I could make a living out of loving you"), a fair soft rock number. The last song ("Neurotica") is the odd ball of the set but quite a polished gem that certainly makes it's impression with distorted overtones ringing through.
The bonus live disc recorded from Osaka includes six added tracks, three taken from Crush delivered with passion and energy and a completely new sounding rendition, stripped to the bones version of Runaway. Someday I'll be a Saturday night see Jovi going through the motions with ease while Rockin' in the Free World has a rather awkward feel to the original cut.
Also added on this new album version are two CD-ROM videos - ("It's My Life"), a spoof of the movie 'Run Lola Run' in which a guy is seen running from his apartment to try and make it to a Bon Jovi gig in time and the obstacles he encounters on-route. The footage for the band was recorded in the New Jersey tunnel. The second video ("Say it Isn't So") is more Hollywood flavored, straight out of a Mel Brooks type setting with various cameo roles from main stream actors (who just happen to be friends of Jon Bon Jovi!).
Overall, the songs included make it sound like the band is attempting to try a little diversity, as with the previous ("keep The Faith") but for the most part, the variety coupled with the consistently polished song craft makes for a highly commendable album. Bon Jovi has changed producers and updated its sound with a smattering of loops and impressive arrangements, without losing the too much pop-crunch of its earlier days.