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I know that the band members of Bon Jovi don't care a great deal for their second studio album which was originally released in 1985, but '7800 Fahrenheit' is far from bad. It's a definite improvement on their debut, which I also rate highly, and much more memorable than a few of their more recent albums. The most famous track is 'In and Out of Love', which made it's way on the 'Cross Road' compilation album of 1994, by which time the New Jersey boys had long since achieved world domination.

'7800 Fahrenheit' is a more mature record than the first one, and the material certainly leans more towards hard rock than anything else. On here, all of the songs have lost that slight pop music feel that the debut had. It's actually one of the few Bon Jovi albums that i'd put in the 'heavy rock' category, and there isn't even a glorious power-ballad describing real love and devotion to be found, which alone makes it very different from the rest that were to follow.

There are some really great songs to be heard on here,and not just for avid fans, but for those in general who enjoy the rock scene of that time. My own personal favourites are the anthem-like 'Tokyo Road', the yearning 'Only Lonely', the bittersweet 'Hardest Part Is The Night', which provided the band with their first ever charting single in Britain, and 'Silent Night', which is surely 'the' most underrated Bon Jovi single of those first few years. There is only one track amongst the eleven that makes me want to hit the skip button every time, and that's the overly cheesy 'King of the Mountain', but everything else is worth hearing.

Despite it being in many ways the forgotten Bon Jovi album, don't let that put you off, because '7800 Fahrenheit' is a gem, even if it's still a relatively undiscovered one.
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