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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Hard Rock / Artist: Bon Jovi / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2000-09-04 at Mercury Records Ltd (London)

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      22.05.2010 00:19
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      Good but not great

      Bon Jovi. They've been around since the early 80's and still they sell albums by the bucketload and fill stadiums the world over. Why? Brilliant songs, brilliantly written, brilliantly performed. Simple.

      They know the formula well and are probably not trying to win over new fans - it comes easy to them after all these years. Which, just perhaps, is one of the reasons why 2000's Crush doesn't work as well as it should for me. At times it sounds like they are on autopilot a bit too much.

      Having said that, "It's My Life", the opening track and 1st single from the album is an absolute classic BJ rocker. Ultra catchy (oh so stadium friendly) chorus, great riffs and the return of the 'voice box' noise they made famous on Livin' On A Prayer.

      I've never really understood why the second song, the mid-tempo "Say It Isn't So", was ever released as a single. It's ok - but just an album track. It works better with the video, which is notable for having a string of cameos from Holywood stars including Matt Le Blanc & Arnold Schwarzenegger!

      Things get back on track after that with the big ballad "Thank You For Loving Me" - an excellent soft rock ballad.

      The next 3 songs, "Two Story Town", "Next 100 Years" and "Just Older" are solid enough mid-tempo rockers.... but somehow fail to excite as I would expect them to. They are not bad songs - just not great.

      The other 2 songs of real note are "Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars" and "One Wild Night". The first has become a real live favourite - they've played it every time I've seen them since this album came out. It's upbeat, catchy and works well live... I'm still not convinced though. Just lacks that bit of Bon Jovi magic for me. "One Wild Night" on the other hand ends the album as well as it started and would be adopted as the title track for the live album that followed Crush.

      The remaining songs are a mix of ballads and mid-tempo numbers. None of which stick in the memory that much.

      Bon Jovi have produced some great albums over the years, for me though, this is one of their less inspiring efforts. Good, but not great.

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      20.11.2009 13:19
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      One of Bon Jovi's better recent releases

      When I was growing up Bon Jovi were pretty much still hard-core rockers and I was a big fan of their music, especially albums such as New Jersey, Slippery When Wet and Keep The Faith. However, when These Days was released the band seemed to have gone for a much softer approach and word soon got around that they had lost their touch. Admittedly there were a few good tracks on the album, but it wasn't quite up to scratch in comparison to their earlier material and contained a lot more slower, ballad-like love songs. Presumably because of the commercial success previously attained from them.

      I started following Bon Jovi less and less as each of their singles appeared to become more focused on love. However, when Crush was released and I first heard the first single, It's My Life, I thought now that sounds a bit more like classic Bon Jovi again and I bought the album. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much of it but after a couple of listens I was quite impressed. Although the album still contains those classic soppy love-ballads that Bon Jovi have now become mostly known for, a lot of the songs have that raw Bon Jovi hard rock style that I grew to love whilst growing up.

      My next favourite track on Crush, is Two Story Town which is a very catchy but simple song that I find it easy to relate to and it's thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. However, the song is uncannily similar to another great song I know called Only Friend by an unsigned band called Permacrush - I'm not sure if either Bon Jovi or Permacrush realize this and if they did ever find out, there's probably a good chance of a court case happening.

      The other main track that stands out on the album is the rather amusingly titled Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars. It has a great bouncy swing to the rhythm which keeps your feet tapping throughout the song and the lyrics are incredibly original, well written and very entertaining.

      So all in all, whilst Bon Jovi have developed a much stronger and more sensitive emotional side to their music, Crush proves that they still have what it takes when it comes to rocking down. It's an excellent album and probably one of their better recent releases (although a few years old now) though in all honesty I do think that the band need to focus a little less on the ballads and get back into the mode of what they do best - rock!

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        04.06.2008 15:20
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        The last of the great Bon Jovi albums

        Being a fan of Bon Jovi for years, I always buy their album when a new one comes out. Although as time goes on they get a little poorer and have less big hits, "Crush" was the last great album that I think Bon Jovi have brought out. Released in the Summer of 2001 I can remember going to the Crush tour when it hit Hampden Park in Glasgow, I've seen Bon Jovi four times and I must say that the Crush tour was without a doubt the best of them all.

        Starting from the hard hitting "It's My Life" you could Tell that Jon and the rest of the New Jersey gang were all motivated for this album, As the frist track on the album it was also the first single released and it really was a beauty, which achieved a top 5 entry in the UK chart which was pretty big for someone like Bon Jovi at the time. There was of course your traditional great ballad in "Thank You For Loving Me" which built from slow piano driven start to crescendo at the end. But for me the best song on the album was "One Wild Night" the dead stops, the great heavy riff and the fantastic melody was pure Bon Jovi and for me was the last great Bon Jovi track ever penned.

        Track Listing:

        1. It's My Life
        2. Say It Isn't So
        3. Thank You For Loving Me
        4. Two Story Town
        5. Next 100 Years
        6. Just Older
        7. Mystery Train
        8. Save The World
        9. Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars
        10. She's A Mystery
        11. I Got The Girl
        12. One Wild Night
        13. I Could Make A Living Loving You

        This is an album that rock fans should like, and Bon Jovi fans will love, the guys don't always deliver the goods nowadays but this was one in my opinion. Sure it has it's low points but From start to finish this album is very listenable with one or two crackers in there also. Thumbs way up in the air.

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          07.06.2001 02:25
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          Ok I have been criticised for "churning" by some people who seem to enjoy being nasty to others. For all of you here is my opinion on Bon Jovi's second to latest album 'Crush' (like your even gonna read it!) Bon Jovi are back with the amazing album 'Crush'. Its been a number of years since the groups last album, but this new one certainly proves that they still have the touch that made them famous. I shall now write a review of every single song for my critics: *'It's my life'- this was the first track released as a single from the album and has to be one the best. It's a fast rock song just like Bon does best. It’s about doing what you want, when you want to and not letting anybody stop you. 10/10 *'Say it isn’t so'- the second song to be released as a single. This song features a great guitar rift and beat. While the tune is great, the lyrics are a bit confusing sometimes, particularly when referring to Mickey Mouse. This is a strong song but perhaps not as strong as 'Its my life', mainly due to the lyrics. 10/10 *'Thank you for loving me'- the third single released. This is a slow love song that features wonderful piano playing. It’s usual for Bon to have a couple of slowies on his albums and this is certainly one of them. In my opinion it’s just as good as 'Always' 9/10 *’Two story town'- wow. What can I say about this song other than its great. this is another classic rock song that will go down as one of Bon's best. this song will make you want to get up and do some serious dancing. the chorus is great. 10/10 *'next 100 years'- this song starts of slow but soon builds up into Bon's usual mix of guitar and drums. its about Bon's past and his future. there is a strong message here that Bon wants to stay around for a long time to come. there is an excellent instrumental in this t
          hat nothing can compare to 10/10 *'Just older' - this is another song seemingly about Bon's past and present. Indeed the title suggests that nothings changed apart from the fact he’s just older. the guitar isn’t good as it is on other tacks though. 8/10 'Mystery train'- this is another love song that replaces the heavy rock guitar with the peaceful acoustic. this is my favourite song on the entire album./ excellent tune and excellent lyrics. 10/10 'save the world'- I must get getting boring now but you wanted detail... this is another slow one that doesn’t feature much use of Bon's guitar skills. However excellent none the less 9/10 *'captain crash and the beauty queen from mars'- this is a bit of a weird one and features what I said before about the weird lyrics. still its a fun song and will still get you up on the dancefloor. not as strong as the others on the CD though. 8/10 *'she’s a mystery'- I suppose every track has to have its weak song and this is it. it is yet another slow love song where the guitar is virtually non-existent. I don’t like this track much at all. 4/10 *I got the girl'- as you get deeper into the album you start to notice the lack of quality. this song sounds like it was knocked up as a filler in 10 minutes. the tunes not that great. 5/10 *'One wild night'- this has just been realised as a single. however I feel that it is not as good as some people make out. yes its ok, but why release this and not two-story town?. an average song. 6/10 *'I could make a living out of loving you'- the best bit about this track is the "James brown" dialogue at the beginning. It’s supposed to be a bonus track, but it should never have been added. I’m sorry Bon but this is a bad song. 1/10 Overall this is a very good album and I dare say probably one of Bon's
          best ever. there are some really excellent rock songs on here that are great for parties or any occasion really. also Bon shows us that he has what it takes to produce more love songs to the standard of "always". a few average and even one poor song lets this album down. However it’s just a matter of simply not listening to them. overall 10/10

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            01.04.2001 05:02

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            Bon Jovi are back with an album to get you rockin'! Even if you're not a Bon Jovi fan, I'm sure there will be something on this album for you. And for all you Bon Jovi fans out there, you'll know how different and uplifting Crush really is compared to their last album "These Days" They came storming back into the charts on top form with "It's my Life". A tune sounding somewhat reminiscent of "Living on a Prayer". "Just Older" is one of my favourite tracks - a great tune that just gets better each time you hear it! "One Wild Night" is a great head bopping tune, guaranteed to put you in a party mood! "Twenty four hours of midnight" yeah! A song that is even better when you hear it live! For all you love song lovers out there, this album has something for you too. It wouldn't be a Bon Jovi album without them! The best love song on this album is "Save the world" The lyrics are straight from the heart :-) But "Thank you for loving me", "She's a mystery", and "Mystery Train" are not the best of Bon Jovi love songs (I don't think anything could come close to "Always")but they're still lovey dovey songs that will make you feel all romantic (aaah!) Buy this album and you will not be disappointed. Bon Jovi are back and are at their best......they're not old...Just older.

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            25.03.2001 23:49

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            The storming comeback single 'It's My Life' last Summer signalled that Bon Jovi's return had well and truly arrived...and the album fails to disappoint. Crush is a mixture of the trademark heavy(ish) rock tracks which Bon Jovi have in the past made their name by, for example the aforementioned 'It's My Life', 'Ten-Storey Town', and 'One Wild Night', which would not have sounded out of place on 1987's Slippery When Wet LP, one of the defining rock ablums of the 1980s. Generally though the pace is more tamed than in their 80s heyday, indeed it is the mid-tempo songs such as 'Say it Isn't So' and 'Just Older' which typify the album. Much like 'This Ain't A Love Song' on 1995's These Days album, Crush's best moments are often the slower, lighters-in-the-air efforts: 'Thankyou For Loving Me' and the Big Rock Ballad (TM) 'Save The World' are the best tracks here. Unquestionably Crush is Bon Jovi's strongest album for some time. It's certainly better than These Days, and more consistent over an entire album than Keep The Faith (1992). Highly recommended.

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            24.02.2001 01:02
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            Or so "Just Older" from the latest Bon Jovi album tells us. Crush is an excellent piece of work, everything that you would expect from Bon Jovi, and just that little bit more to remind us of how good they are, and always have been. This is the album we all have been waiting for since "These Days" and it’s well worth the wait. Those of you who attended the Crush tour 2000 will know what I’m talking about when I say these songs are nothing short of brilliant, both live, and while driving! The first song on the album is "It’s my life", and to quote Jon, it is the most self indulgent piece that they have ever written - it’s basically about Jon wanting to be in the movies, but the funny thing is, we all relate to it… "It’s my life, it’s now or never, I ain’t gunna live forever, I just wanna live while I’m alive, my heart is like an open highway, like Frankie said, I did it my way…" I guess many of us have felt this way, and it has been adopted by many people and groups as their theme songs. "Say it isn’t so" is another great song, the sort that we have all come to expect from Bon Jovi. If you have ever been treated badly by a partner, you’ll appreciate this. "Thank you for loving me" was written by Jon after seeing "Meet Joe Black". At the end of the movie, Brad Pitt say’s "Thank you for loving me", Jon is reported to have run out of the cinema and wrote that same song. It is a wonderful ballad, listening to the words, I guess anyone who has ever been in love will appreciate it. "Two Story Town" Bon Jovi seem to appreciate the changes that are going on in the world around us, and they have looked at this, and included it in this song. "Next 100 years" was originally written by Jon for some Asian band, who got to number one in t
            he Asian charts with it, so Jon rearranged it, changed it a little and stuck it on this album - great song! "Just Older"- this is the one that gets all us Bon Jovi fans bouncing at a concert - "all these years and miles of memories, I’m still chasing dreams, but I ain’t looking over my shoulder…" It’s words such as these that people can identify with, and the positive approach Bon Jovi has to life, basically, I may be older, but I’m having a good time, I’m just the same me I was yesterday, and ten years ago. "Mystery Train" another good song, grows on you after a while, most people feel that they don’t like it upon first listen. "Save the World" Bon Jovi were originally asked to write a song for the movie Armagedon, and this is the song that resulted. It’s all about how when you are in love you feel like you can do anything - save the world, as long as that person keeps loving you. As many of you will know, Aerosmith’s song was chosen, but this is still a great song, listening to it, you will see how it was written for the movie. "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars" OK, brilliant song - "you and me, we’re invincible, together", this song is about two "Superheroes" who are just a little bit mad… a fun song to listen to, catchy… the sort you find yourself singing all day. "She’s a mystery" a very slow song, nice, relaxing to listen to. "I got the girl" - upon listening to this song at first you think - ah yes, he’s being big headed, the big Rock star has got the girl again… until you hear those last few words, "but the queen of hearts will always be a 5 year old princess to me", and it’s then that you realise that he is talking about his daughter Stephanie Rose. We had the great privilege of seeing Jon da
            ncing with Stephanie in the concert in Dublin last year, to this very song. "One Wild Night" This ones great live, and maybe that’s the reason that their upcoming tour is called One Wild Night 2001. A loud, catchy song, that will have you jumping up and down. Over all a really great album, definitely one of Bon Jovi’s finest… if this is how good they are now, lets hope things continue to get better and better, after all, they are "Just Older"…

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              21.12.2000 14:40

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              It's the one we've been waiting for! 'Crush' shows everyone (believers and non-believers) that the boys still have what it takes to kick butt! Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres are (thank goodness) not ready to throw in the towel yet. Musically and lyrically, I feel it this the best album the band has ever released. Their newfound maturity shows through in every song. The opener, "It's My Life", brings back the classic Bon Jovi sound and Richie's signature work on the talk box. The shift then changes to the rocker "Say It Isn't So", which speaks of keeping ones dreams in sight. The call-and-answer chorus is reminiscent of the Beatles era, giving the guys a strong base to work off of. Track three, "Thank You For Loving Me", is the anthem for the hopeless romantic. It tells of honesty, faithfullness, and devotion. "Two Story Town" explores the ups and downs of small-town life. The uplifting final lyric shines some hope into the future. "Next 100 Years" again carries the stroyline of a devoted lover. In "Just Older" Jon sings of his happiness with his life and his position in it. "Mystery Train" is a fantastic ballad about how the love between two people can lead them in unexpected directions and new territories. "Save The World" is another beautiful ballad about how someone's love can inspire the biggest changes in life. My personal favorite, "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars", tells the story of a young couple who doesn't let society's acceptance stand in their way. A real tear-jerker, "She's A Mystery" delves into the passion of love that can immerse someone so deeply that even they aren't sure of everything. "I Got The Girl" is a very inspiring song, written by Jon, about the love he feels for his five-year-daughter. The hardest-rocking song on the album, "One Wild Nig
              ht" is all about having fun, something the boys in Bon Jovi know a lot about. 'Crush' is definitely a top-of-the-line album and a must-have for any true classic-rock-with-a-hint-of-metal-bombast-power-pop fan!

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              25.11.2000 20:36
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              "Crush" is Bon Jovi's latest offering after a 5 year gap from "These Days". The album contains everything a fan could hope for; from classic singalongs such as "Just Older" and "Next 100 Years" to what is in my opinion the best ballad they have ever done "Thank You For Loving Me". It will be interesting to see how this does when it is released as I think it has potential to be a Christmas number 1. The album fades a little towards the end but the first 9 tracks are excellent and should attract new fans and keep the old ones happy. With the prospect of a tour I think that this will also be a great live album. Having seen Bon Jovi live before (the show lasted almost 2.5 hours) the new material will definitely give them plenty of options. Critics of this album will no doubt claim that they have heard it all before. However there is a certain freshness about it but it would be hard to argue that it is not a ground breaking album. After 5 years out I thought that we may have a new Bon Jovi similar to when U2 reinvented themselves at the beginning of the 90's. Still, if you like Bon Jovi it's a winner. Crush is definitely well worth buying, in my top 5 albums of the year so far.

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                23.11.2000 18:37
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                Crush is the newest album from Rock band Bon Jovi. For us fans it has been a long wait since their last album "These Days". This album is a little different to anything that the band has done before. There are a lot more ballads and pop songs. Apart from "Its My Life" there are not any stand out Rock songs. Whether that is a good thing or not is down to personal taste. I personally like this album very much. It is not their greatest because how is a band supposed to better an album like "Crossroads". This album has some classics as well though. As mentions "Its my Life" is a typical Jovi Rock song and "Thank you for loving me" is probably the best song they have done for a long while. If you are a long time Jovi fan you will either love this album or you will be disappointed. If you havent listened to anything by the band for a while then buy yourself a copy of this album as you wont be disappointed. A good come back album.

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                  05.11.2000 03:44
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                  Crush has to be one of the best Bon Jovi albums of all time. It is a welcome release after Jon's solo career, and is the first album from the band in almost 10 years. The tracks have totally new music, and some created by using original instruments from classics such as Living on a Prayer. I enjoy the album, and listen to it all the time, and would recommend it to anyone... Also, make sure you get the English version compared to the European version, as it has something like 3 extra tracks on...

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                  24.09.2000 01:03
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                  Wow what can I say? I am biased though. This album just gets more fantastic the more I play it and the louder it gets!!! Much to the rest of the families disgust! Alot of the songs on this album have a more mature but while at it better all round sound. I think Bon Jovi are like a vintage wine just getting better!! Personally I love say it isn't so! But when push comes to shove I can not choose one particular song that I prefer above the others. It depends what mood I am in the first release Its My life got loads of play on our local radio station which was lovely to hear. The album was the first one solely recorded in the home town of New Jersey. Jons voice just seems to make the songs and with the combined talents of Richie, Dave and Tico this CD really deserved its number one place in the charts! The photos on the sleeve are arty and I got a free postcard with my CD! I am very impressed with this. Go out and buy it!!!!! Absolutely brilliant!!!

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                  17.09.2000 15:25
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                  Still pumping out the songs after all these years, their first album for ages, was well worth the wait. 'Crush' contains 13 songs including their recent hit, 'it's my life' and a good selection of other tracks including the new release 'say it isn't so' and a nice slushy number called 'thank you for loving me', which reminds me of the 80's style long permed haired Bon Jovi's songs such as 'never say goodbye'(from slippery when wet). This album is a must for Bon Jovi fans both old and new and just shows that this old 'boy band' has got what it takes to beat all the new ones.

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                  03.08.2000 03:54

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                  It's My Life heads this brilliant album by Bon Jovi and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Other superb tracks on the album include new tracks such as 'Two Story Town' & 'Mystery Train' which put together adds certain class to the album which only Bon Jovi could achieve. A mixture of hard and soft rock compliment each other surprisingly well, no track seems out of place. A great all round album well worth adding to any music lovers collection. 10/10

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                  This is an excellent new album for Bon Jovi, it deserves to do really well in the charts. You'd be a fool not to have it on your shelf! In the past I haven't been a huge fan of Bon Jovi but I saw this album on a shelf and thought I should get it because it featured the recent single "It's my life", also "Say it isn't so". I was greatly surprised about how addictive this album is! It's rock music, however it isn't heavy at all, infact it contains some really nice love songs such as "Mystrey Train", "Thank you for loving me" and "Save the World" But of course it also had some good catchy songs. It does have the Bonjovi style but the original fresh songs are perfect and I really recommend that you get the album. Don't think that because you haven't listened or liked any of the previous stuff that you shouldn't get it, you should! There are 13 sons plus a bonus track. A lot of shops and also the online store www.amazon.co.uk are offereng this CD for £9-99 so there's no reason not to get it. The music is very powerful and also quite emotional. I was quite surprised about the efeect it had on me!

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                Disc #1 Tracklisting
                1 It's My Life
                2 Say It Isn't So
                3 Thank You For Loving Me
                4 Two Story Town
                5 Next 100 Years
                6 Just Older
                7 Mystery Train
                8 Save The World
                9 Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars
                10 She's A Mystery
                11 I Got The Girl
                12 One Wild Night
                13 I Could Make A Living Loving You
                14 It's My Life
                15 Say It Isn't So
                16 It's My Life
                17 Say It Isn't So