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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but Pointless, 5 July 2008
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This review is from: Cross Road: The Best of Bon Jovi (Audio CD)
Now I am of the opinion that greatest hits/Best of CD's should only be released at the end of a bands career and be a much larger album 2 discs minimum possibly more. The only acceptance of this is after a huge event such as the death of a band member, where you could release a best of in their memory and to show their contribution to the band. Now Bon Jovi's release is a mystery to me as there was no real reason to release one other than to make money as far as I am concerned. This doesn't mean the album is bad because every song contained is brilliant but it misses out some essential songs that within this kind of Bon Jovi release should not be left out, but there still is no point for its release. Although `Always' was released here I don't know why they didn't just save it back and put it on their next album that ended up being `These Day's' rather than on this pointless greatest hits.

There are only 2 types of people that will probably want this album

1) Hardcore fans who want `Always' as this is the album that song was released on and finding the single version will be difficult, plus the fact any real fan would want it on the real disc rather than as just a download.
2) Casual fans who just want to hear some great Bon Jovi classics but aren't to bothered about having the whole collection.

Now I bought Crossroads as my first Bon Jovi album believing that a greatest hits should show me whether they are really as good as `Living on a Prayer' had suggested, then if I really like them I could proceed to get some more albums. The album was amazing and there was not a single weak track although obviously there are songs that are stronger than others. A lot of the songs are ballads and most are based on theme around love. Some of the songs `In These Arms' and `Bed of Roses' are a bit soppy but are very good, whereas `Living on a Prayer' and `You Give Love a Bad Name' are huge rockers with powerful guitar riffs, others like `Bad Medicine' and `Lay Your Hands on Me' are more arena sounding in the sense they are more directed towards being massive during live performances and finally there are also a couple of cowboy sounding songs `Dead or Alive' and `Blaze of Glory'.

Track by track ratings out of 10

1) Living on a Prayer- 9.5
2) Keep the Faith- 10
3) Someday I'll be Saturday Night- 9.3
4) Always- 10
5) Dead or Alive- 10
6) Lay Yours Hands on Me- 8.5
7) You Give Love A Bad Name- 10
8) Bed of Roses- 10
9) Blaze of Glory- 10
10) In These Arms- 9.3
11) Bad Medicine- 7.5
12) I'll Be There For You- 9
13) In and Out Love- 7
14) Runaway- 8
15) Never Say Goodbye- 8.5

Overall this is a very good album and really opened my mind and ears to the world that is Bon Jovi but having now heard their music I know that I may as well have started out with a proper album, I recommend unless you fit into one of the above categories that I spoke about you should instead buy `Slippery When Wet' `New Jersey' or `Keep the Faith' and slowly get their studio albums instead. This is 4 stars for the content being as good as it is. The star off is because it's not really worth it plus `Dry County' isn't here probably their best song!
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