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These Days, they just can't match this record.
on 28 June 2011
These Days was the peak of Bon Jovi's recorded work. It was recorded in the midst of the grunge era and the band were most definately not the cool choice in music anymore. They responded with their most mature album, building on the social commentary that Keep The Faith began. Its a stripped down no nonsense record, mature in style and in places startlingly honest and lyrically dark.
The album is full of gems. Hey God with its signature Sambora riff and lyrics questioning faith, the musically upbeat and infectious Something For The Pain, the title track These Days, Damned which deals with an adulterous relationship, the awesome My Guitar Lies Bleedin In My Arms and the dark and brooding Something To Believe In are the standout tracks but that is by no means a reflection on the rest of the record as it is all top drawer stuff. The band are faultless throughout and this was the last record where Jons voice was 100% perfect.It was also the first Bon Jovi album without all five original members, bass player Alec John Such having left the band in 1994.
The band reverted to their poppier side for their following album Crush and have only recently recovered such dark lyrical ground with 2008s Lost Highway. This album also gets a raw deal as the songs tend to be played less frequently on their tours which is a real shame. In my opinion Bon Jovi have never bettered this record, compared to the rest of their work its out there on its own and its refreshing because of that. Buy it, discover it. You will not be disapointed.