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Leave your preconceptions at the door,
By A Customer
This review is from: This Left Feels Right (Audio CD)
Until laying my hands on "This Left Feels Right", I had only one Bon Jovi album...that being "Crossroads", and even that had sat in a shoebox for several years. I bought the acoustic (not really, however) CD out of sheer curiosity, despite the rather thrashing reviews of this album on Amazon.com.
Have you ever wished Bon Jovi played just for you and ONLY you (not a zillion-headed crowd)? This CD is as close as you will probably get to having BJ play for you (unless, of course, you're personally associated with the band). The sound and the songs on the CD are intimate, personal...almost as if they are playing in your room, with you being the sole audience.
First of all, the new, stripped-down versions of the songs most of the fans know by heart from first "yeah" to last "whoa" bring out the substance of these songs...you can REALLY hear all lyrics (some of which are slightly altered from their original versions). The very introspective "It's My Life" is a true gem...
Second, the arrangement of, say, "Bad Medicine" or "Wanted Dead or Alive" let Richie's guitar skill shine through, giving these songs a funky/blues sound. Even such ballads as the "Bed of Roses" or "Always", having been stripped of the original pathos, have not lost a single pinch of emotion.
Bon Jovi have yet again proved their versatiliy and longevity. There's more to their songs than screeching guitars, catchy tunes. It's hard not to appreciate this grossly underrated album. It's definitely a keeper. I'd take it on a deserted island with me, just to motivate me to survive. ;)