Every time I think about the last Bon Jovi release, Lost Highway, I shudder to think how far Bon Jovi has fallen away from their rock roots. I decided to drag out my copy of 7800° Farenheit to rediscover the music, that Bon Jovi used to be about.
7800° Farenheit is the sophomore effort by Bon Jovi. One look at the picture on the back of the CD, and you see that they were heavily rooted in the 80’s glam metal at the time. The music is hard rock with a melodic edge due to the keyboards by David Bryan. The keyboards on this record are almost over bearing. Richie Sambora is a solid guitarist, and he isn’t given enough chances to shine on this record. The record isn’t a total loss though.
The song In and Out of Love, always brings back happy memories. This is one of Bon Jovi’s harder songs that they have recorded, and certainly one of my favorite tunes by the band.
There are certainly some forgettable tunes on this disc. I haven’t listened to Price of Love, King of the Hill and Hardest Part is the Night in a long time. All of these songs are somewhat forgettable.
This album does have its share of solid cuts though, and In And Out of Love, Only Lonely, Silent Night and Tokyo Road, are by far the best ones.
Although I like several of the songs on 7800° Farenheit, I can not deny that some of tunes here sound somewhat dated. They don’t stand up as well as some of stuff on the later Bon Jovi releases.
This record does offer listeners at interesting look at mid 80s’s glam. Although it may not stand up to the band’s classic release, Slippery When Wet, it does have some solid cuts worth checking out.
There were a couple of videos released in support of this record, you can check them out below.
Rating: Out of 10
1. In And Out Of Love
2. The Price Of Love
3. Only Lonely
4. King Of The Mountain
5. Silent Night
6. Tokyo Road
7. The Hardest Part Is The Night
8. Always Run To You
9. To The Fire
10. Secret Dreams
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – Lead & Backing Vocals
Richie Sambora – Guitars & Backing Vocals
David Bryan – Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Alec John Such – Bass & Backing Vocals
Tico Torres- Drums, & Backing Vocals