BON JOVI

(UNITED STATES)

CRUSH

(2000)
LABEL:

MERCURY

GENRE:

ROCK

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"Bon Jovi is back on track with "Crush", a US rock album whose lack of originality is offset by its energy and good humor."
LOLOCELTIC (26.05.2009)  
4/5
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Sad and dull, "These Days" was a disappointment for Bon Jovi fans. However, it at least had the merit of confirming the fact that the band was now working more in dynamic US rock than in the AOR and Hard FM that had marked its beginnings. With "Crush", Bon Jovi confirm this evolution, but this time they do so with an enthusiasm and infectious good humor.

To achieve this, Bon Jovi doesn't hesitate to use some of the recipes that have already proved their worth on previous albums. For example, on the opening track, 'It's My Life', Richie brings out the talk-box, taking us back to the glory days of the legendary 'Livin' On A Prayer', without lapsing into self-plagiarism. These references to the band's past can also be found on the final acceleration of 'Next 100 Years', reminiscent of 'Dry County' on 'Keep The Faith', or on 'Just Older', a road-trip song with a New Jersey flavour. Finally, 'One Wild Night' is a throwback to the eponymous debut album, with its catchy chorus and retro backing vocals.

Even though they work in familiar musical territory, Bon Jovi remains a fabulous composer of hits, both immediate and dynamic, and capable of integrating new influences to evolve his music. On "Crush", it's pop side that makes an appearance in some tracks such as 'Say It Isn't So', with its Beatles-like chorus, or the upbeat and catchy 'Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars'. Country is not far away either, on 'Two Story Town', which evokes scenery rolling past your window on roads across the Great Plains.

Finally, Bon Jovi wouldn't be Bon Jovi without his ballads. On "Crush", there are three of varying quality. Indeed, while 'Thank You For Loving Me' hits the mark with its superb chorus, 'Save The World' seems to have been heard 1,000 times before, especially from Aerosmith, while 'She's A Mystery' flows smoothly without revolutionizing the genre. We can add 'You Can't Lose At Love', present as a bonus track on a special edition released with the album, which struggles to get off the ground despite some pleasant folk accents.

Bon Jovi is back on track with this new album, even if the reduced number of Richie Sambora solo is a little frustrating. Above all, the band seems to have rediscovered its energy and good humor. Of course, detractors will continue to attack this US rock institution for its lack of originality and risk-taking. The fact remains, however, that this band has created its own style, and is once again doing it proud with this new album.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. It's My Life - 3:44
02. Say It Isn't So - 3:33
03. Thank You For Loving Me - 5:08
04. Two Story Town - 5:10
05. Next 100 Years - 6:19
06. Just Older - 4:28
07. Mystery Train - 5:14
08. Save The World - 5:31
09. Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars - 4:31
10. She's A Mystery - 5:18
11. I Got The Girl - 4:36
12. One Wild Night - 4:18
13. I Could Make A Living Out Of Lovin' You - 4:39
14. You Can't Lose At Love [Bonus] - 4:44
15. Neurotica [Bonus] - 4:32

LINEUP:
David Bryan: Claviers / Backing Vocals
Hugh McDonald: Basse
Jon Bon Jovi: Chant / Guitares
Richie Sambora: Guitares / Backing Vocals
Tico Torres: Batterie
   
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