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
Lost Highway is the CD that I knew I would have trouble listening to. The band has thrown away their hard rock sound, for a pop rock / country hybrid that sounds nothing like their past CD’s.
I found this CD completely devoid of the great hooks that Bon Jovi has been known for. If anything Lost Highway is a boring sellout that will probably be played to death on multiple radio formats. If Bon Jovi continues down this musical highway, I doubt they will be covered at the Hard Rock Hideout any longer.
Judging from the 63 used copies that I saw at Amazon today, Bon Jovi fans are discarding this disc faster than Mercury Nashville can print them.
There is one song that almost sounds like old Bon Jovi. If you listen to one song, play We Got It Going On. Load that song on your hard drive, then take the CD outside, and use it for a Clay Pigeon. You will get more enjoyment out of it that way.
The song Make a Memory is getting massive amounts of play on the radio right now, and has hit #1 on VH1’s Top 20 countdown.
I just don’t get it. I find this song, and disc boring. It is hard for me to believe that this is the same band that put out Slippery When Wet. If I was the guitar player, I think I would find myself in rehab. I would have drink myself into a coma, if I had to play these incredibly monotonous tunes.
Don’t waste your money on this CD. There are far better discs out there than this one.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Lost Highway
3. Make a Memory
4. Whole Lot Of Leaving
5. We Got It Going On
6. Any Other Day
7. Seat Next To You
8. Everybody’s Broken
9. Stranger (feat. Leann Rimes)
10. The Last Night
11. One Step Closer
12. I Love This Town
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, acoustic guitar,
Richie Sambora – guitars, backup vocals
Tico Torres – drums, percussion
David Bryan – keyboards, piano, backup vocals
Hugh McDonald – bass, backup vocals