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Following the success of their Grammy award-winning country style single 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' which featured on their previous studio album 'Have A Nice Day,' it shouldn't have came as a shock to any fans of Bon Jovi that they would record an entire album influenced and inspired by Nashville.
However, it did surprise some fans of the band and the critics of course had a field day with Bon Jovi's 'country' album, 'Lost Highway', even though Jon Bon Jovi himself had stated it was not a 'country' album.
Released in 2007, Lost Highway was inspired and influenced by Nashville, but essentially still a Bon Jovi album.
1. Lost Highway
3. (You Want To) 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. Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore (feat. Leann Rimes)
10. The Last Night
11. One Step Closer
12. I Love This Town
I really like ' Who Says You Can't Go Home' from the previous album and judging by the crowd reception it received when I heard it played live on tour, the fans certainly weren't complaining. Also just cast your mind back to one of the band's 80's hits, which is also one of my favourite Bon Jovi tracks: 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' or the soundtrack for the 1990 film 'Young Guns II' which was written by Jon Bon Jovi, then the fact that Bon Jovi decided to write 'Lost Highway' should furthermore illustrate that this album should not have came as any great surprise at all.
Bearing all this in mind, I personally was curiously looking forward to this 'Nashville inspired' album which was released in 2007.
The album kicks off with the title track 'Lost Highway,' which opens with a violin intro leading into strong hooks and a catchy chorus. A feel-good track which sums up perfectly the meaning behind the songs on the album as it signifies leaving behind what was a difficult and emotional year on a personal level for a couple of the band members.
"I finally found my way, say goodbye to yesterday" forms the opening line of the chorus, but the whole track tells of the light at the end of the tunnel. Moving on, the open road ahead and better times to come, "So I drive, watching white lines pass me by."
'(You Want To) Make A Memory' is a beautiful ballad, a song of reflection and softly sung by Jon, as is 'Seat Next To You,' both tracks forming the softer part of Lost Highway. Both songs seem to portray a deeply personal meaning for the band in their lyrics. Indeed Jon stated that the whole album took just three months to write because it was so personal. Richie Sambora's father had died which he found very difficult to come to terms with and 'Seat Next To You' is about missing his father. "Save me a seat next to you. When you get to the gate and the angels sing." It is a very moving song.
Apart from the death of Richie's father, he was also going through a divorce, as was the band's keyboard player Dave Bryan and the track 'Whole Lot Of Leaving' reflects this. Despite the sadness, it is a very catchy track with a strong acoustic guitar sound, featuring some slide guitar giving it that country edge which is also evident on 'Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore' featuring LeAnn Rimes and some more slide guitar. LeAnn's vocals blend well with Jon's on this ballad and it is another great moment on this album.
The tracks mentioned, along with the rockier sounding 'Any Other Day' which is structured with Richie Sambora's riffs and complemented by a rousing chorus done in the way Bon Jovi can do so well, are my personal favourites from Lost Highway.
The only 'weak' moment for me comes in the form of 'We Got It Going On' (featuring Big & Rich) which feels like it should be better than it is, as Richie brings back the talk box last used for 'It's My Life.' It is a fun sounding track and has a very light-hearted feel, which I can see is part of 'moving away from the sadness and embracing the better times ahead.' However, this feeling works so much better on 'I Love This Town' for example which ends the album perfectly.
I find 'We Got It Going on' it a little overdone and disappointing, it's as if it was taken further than it needed to go. When I listen to the album I tend to skip over this track, but this really is the only weak moment for me here.
Bon Jovi have the ability to cross into varying platforms and this is maybe why the band are still here and still so successful, having come a long way since 'Livin' On A Prayer' . So regardless of what some of the critics said about this album, it cannot be said the band ever took the road less travelled.
Lost Highway is probably the most personal Bon Jovi album there ever has and ever will be, featuring some tracks which anyone who has lost someone close to them for whatever reason, will identify with by the lyrics. It sends out a message of hope for the times ahead and is a therapeutic album not just for the band themselves but also for the listener.
Oh and whilst this is a well-crafted and clearly produced album, despite the Nashville influence, it's still basically a good rock album too!
Bon Jovi consists:-
lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi.
guitarist Richie Sambora
keyboardist David Bryan
drummer Tico Torres
bassist Hugh McDonald.
The band have become known for writing several massive rock songs, and achieved worldwide recognition! Some of there biggest hits included bed of roses, living on a prayer, you give love a bad name and wanted dead or alive (my personal favourite).
In 2007, Bon Jovi released album number 10 - Lost Highway. The album influences the band's rock sound with that of country music. I very much like this album although there earlier material was outstanding compared to it. The album has 12 songs, some more rock than country, most more country than rock.
I've put down my favourite songs from the album:-
2,Summertime - This is more like the jovi i love
3,Make a memory - One of the best on the album
6, Any other day - quite catchy, good lyrics
9, till we aint strangers anymore - Beautiful, thats all i can say.
So overall its an ok album, some nice songs, good lyrics etc I know alot of bands move with the times and change as they get older...But i really would like to her some old school style BonJovi thrown in now and again!!
And Jon Bon Jovi your still as hot as ever :)
Lost Highway is the tenth studio album to be released by Bon Jovi and heads in a different direction to the one most fans might have been expecting from the band. With a more country feel, this album is almost as different from their previous material as This Left Feels Right was (an acoustic album featuring new versions of previous releases) but works so much better and is to my mind one of their best albums in a long while. In fact this is possibly my second most favourite of their albums after Destination Anywhere which was more of a solo effort from Mr.Jovi himself rather than a Bon Jovi album per se but hey, who's nit-picking?
Lost Highway begins with the title track which immediately gets you in the mood and is one of the best numbers on the album in my opinion. With catchy lyrics and a perfect rhythm, this is a great opening song that quickly encapsulates the whole feeling of the album and sweeps you up in the whole mood of the band who are so obviously enjoying themself and are at the top of their game!
Summertime comes next and is another very catchy song that fast gets under your skin. Strangely enough, it is also a very summery number that sums up everything that is great about long trips to the beach and just chilling out in the sun! It is the sort of song that Bon Jovi do so well and is another strong addition to an album that is already sounding really great and absolutely oozes with potential.
(You want to) Make A Memory comes next and is my absolute favourite of all the tracks here and is the kind of slow ballard that Jon Bon Jovi excells at. It is the sort of track that will have female fans (and no doubt less hetrosexual male ones too) absolutely swooning over and is very romantic and indeed slushy. But call me old-fashioned if you like but this is the kind of Bon Jovi song that really gets me going and is highly reminiscent of such classics from previous albums as It's Just Me and Bed Of Roses. Simply sublime and I bet this is a real shiver down the spine moment when he plays this live!!
Whole Lot Of Leavin' returns to the grass roots of this album and heads straight back into Nashville territory. Again, this is classic Bon Jovi despite its much more country approach and is no doubt intended to be a more matured incarnation of the previous cowboy influences that were such a big part of fourth album, New Jersey. Like all the other tracks present, again it is very catchy and a very strong performance!
We Got It Going On is one of my least favourites to appear here and feels like it has obviously been included with a live performance in mind. It feels like a track that will be a big, big hit when it is performed in front of an audience and is certainly one that will work well as a performance piece and will really get the whole crowd going. But, as part of a studio album, it just feels to me as though some element is missing. That is not to say I don't like it but simply that I feel as though it will be much better when heard live!!
Any Other Day is the sixth track and has been described by many fans as their favourite on the album. It is certainly my second or third fave and continues the feel-good mood to it that really does help this album simply flow. I'll admit when I first heard it performed, I wasn't THAT sure about it but that opinion quickly changed once I'd heard it a couple of times and by the time I bought this album, it had become a real grower. The most disappointing aspect of it is the way it fades out at the end but this is easily forgiven as it is impossible for any of us proper Bon Jovi fans to criticize their beloved band for long and this is just such a brilliantly strong track.
Seat Next To You is another gentle ballard and slows things back down again which is no bad thing at all. Whilst not quite so impressive as Make A Memory, it's still a very confident and uplifting track that, despite having a cutesy feel to it, is still very nice to listen to. Another of my favourites to be presented here though perhaps not amongst the top three.
Everybody's Broken, on the other hand, certainly is in my top three and is another classic Bon Jovi song in the making. Some fans have judged this track a bit too critically in my opinion but, for me, this is as good as anything that features on Jon's solo album, Destination Anywhere, which is a real compliment indeed as anyone reading this will no doubt be aware of by now! This goes down as one of my favourite Bon Jovi songs of all time and is one I often find myself singing along to even when I've not got the album on!!
'Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore is a joint collaboration with country singer, Leann Rhimes and is without any question at all the most country track on the album. When Leann's vocals break in, I always keep waiting for Jon to announce "Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Leann Rhimes...." in a master of ceremonies stylee and though this is not one of my favourites, it is pleasant enough for all that. It feels much more like a Leann Rhimes number than a Bon Jovi song and I am not sure how this will work live, if at all, but still there is very little here to criticize. For me, it remains a bit of a neutral track ~ not unpleasant but more than just a little bit bland!
The Last Night speeds things up again and sounds like another song that will be good live with a more retro feel to it reminiscent of earlier Bon Jovi albums. It kind of fits here but leaves me a little cold.
One Step Closer continues to pick up the pace and restores in me any confidence that might have been lost by the second act of this album. It is once more pure Bon Jovi and has nothing whatsoever to answer for. This is another track that I anticipate will amazing live though this time it also works as a studio piece as well.
I Love This Town starts to bring this album to a very timely close and is again another track that feels more like a concert number. In the style of Have A Nice Day and Bad Medicine, I can see the crowd really getting behind this track and singing along and is really really catchy. It is a great song to place near the end of the album and feels very much like a tribute to the fans. Wherever they play this, I can well imagine the crowd being able to believe that Jon and the band are singing this especially for them.... be it in Milton Keynes bowl, deep in the heart of New York or live at Wembley Arena, I cannot help but see this going down phenomenally well!!
Lonely is the final track and slows down the pace for the album's climax. A nice song that is mellow and very chilled out, it is again not amongst my favourites and does not stand out as an individual track but, as part of a greater whole, brings a sense of completeness to the album.
Overall, as I said at the beginning, this is one if not THE favourite of all the Bon Jovi albums to date. Not since Have A Nice Day have I like a Bon Jovi so much or found it such a pleasant listening experience. If you remove Destination Anywhere as not being a "proper" Bon Jovi album (being as it is a solo project for Jon) in fact these two afore mentioned are defenitely my top two favourites. Really, in my mind, the ONLY Bon Jovi album I am less than infused about is These Days but as this came at a difficult time for the band it can almost be excused. Certainly I love the fresh and different approach this album brings and there is so much here to like when the album is reviewed as a whole rather than as the sum of its parts or broken down track-by-track as I have here.
Listening to this brings a whole sense of completeness and it is difficult to know if Bon Jovi will ever be this good again....
Released in 2007 Lost Highway is Bon Jovi's 13th album since the band formed in 1983. Following on from the success of "Who Says You Can't Go Home" which was a duet with country star Jennifer Nettles from the Have A Nice Day album this record fuses the typical Bon Jovi rock sound with American country music. Hard core fans of the band's 80's sound may not be hugely impressed but changing things helps to keep the band sounding fresh. The country sound is most evident in title track Lost Highway, Til We Aint Strangers Anymore which sees Jon duet with Leann Rimes. We Got It Goin On is a collaboration with country duo Big and Rich and is a fun party song featuring Richie Sambora's trademark vocoder sound.
Summertime and I Love This Town have a slightly poppier sound and are tailor made for open air summer concerts. (You Want To) Make A Memory is a more typical romantic ballad.
There are darker themes running through this record as well - guitarist Richie Sambora had been to rehab after dealing with divorce and the death of his father and this is reflected in songs such as Seat Next To You, Everybody's Broken and The Last Night.
One of Bon Jovi's recuring themes is triumph over adversity and Any Other Day fills that role on this album.
Overall I rate this album above the band's last two - Have a Nice Day and Bounce. It isn't typical Bon Jovi but worth a listen.
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Whereas bon jovis latest albums are no reflection to the great music he produced in the 80's the music is pleasant to listen and perhaps better suited to a wider audience than his older music, rock, country and pop music lovers alike can appreciate several elements of this album. Just don't expect to be rocking out like a rock star while jumping up and down playing the air guitar, the album has a very chilled out theme to it which is perfect to work to or sip some wine by the fire.
My personal favorite track is bed of roses, you can watch it on youtube if you want to see what I mean :). Possibly the most unusual track of both the album and for bon jovi himself is "we got it going on", which is a fairly funky upbeat track.
Overall I would say this album is worth buying but far from his best.
Bon Jovi's Lost Highway was recorded, produced and issued with the minimum of fuss and its release was greeted with much less advertising and fan fare than the prior Have A Nice Day album. In a way this, coupled with the fact that the band will tour in 2008 is not necessarily a bad thing and the minimalist approach reflects the content of the album in many ways.
Many have described the album as having County influences and while I can't really see this, on the whole the record has a much more laid back and relaxed approach when compared to prior outings. As well as this, Lost Highway has a nice flow to it which is something the previous album perhaps lacked, although there is an absence of top not tracks with the exception of a handful of gems.
The title track is a decent enough straight forward rocker which gets the album off to a high tempo start, but it's Make A Memory which is the real stand out ballad track (which was performed live on the Graeme Norton show in the UK recently). The most surprising track of the set is the funky We Got It Going On which was perhaps intended to have a One Wild Night style feeling to it, although it misses the target in many ways and one wonders if BJ will ever return to a Crush or indeed Bounce style sound.
Any Other Day certainly returns to former heights with a melodic gem with some excellent guitar work at during each verse, and Seat Next To You is also an enjoyable mid temp track with female backing vocals. After giving this one several spins I think this is an album the band wrote to reflect themselves and while it may take some getting into, I thoroughly enjoyed this, although I hope for something much heavier next time around.
Bon Jovi meets country! and it's brilliant!
I think it's important to remember that Bon Jovi have now been going for 25 years now, and they've had huge success with all of their albums and sell out world tours.
I think the reason they keep going strong is because unlike many other rock bands that came out of the late 70's early 80's Bon Jovi have grown and developed their music over the years, not necessarily following the trend but they're own love of music and writing emotive songs pertinent to what's happening in the world and indeed in there own lives.
Bon Jovi has received a lot of criticism from people who want 'old school' Bon Jovi and nothing else, songs such as Keep the Faith and living on a Prayer are amazing iconic rock songs that never go out of fashion but Lost Highway offers something different.
The band went to Nashville to write and record Lost Highway, and it definitely has a country feel especially when the band are joined by Leanne Rhymes for 'Till we ain't strangers anymore' and then Big and Rich got together with the boys to sing a really 'fun' song 'We got it going on'. (my 2 year olds favourite) both collaborations work fantastically well.
Some of the tracks have good old Bon Jovi Lyrical cheese, eg in the title track they refer to their 'plastic dashboard Jesus, waiting there to greet us' it's nonsense but it's fun, and some of the tracks are wonderfully written, you can tell that a lot of heart and soul have gone into these songs, track 7 'Seat next to you' is beautiful, I can't listen to it without getting goosebumps. As is (you want to) make a memory, this particular track highlights what a talented singer Jon Bon Jovi undeniably is as there's not much in the way of music going on in the background, his voice alone is the instrument. There's a few filler tracks, all of which I love to listen to (and sing along to) in the car - So all in all a brilliant album!
bon jovi is very good at singing people of all ages will like his music he has so much emotion to the music every song means something to him something that has happened or that he dont want to happen i adivise people to buy this it is really good have a good listen to it and you will understand everything he is sayig but trust me this is a singer you dont want to miss out on even if he is in to rockstar singing he is still a good singer i like his songs and am not in to rockstar music he really reaches out to people so this is a must buy cd it is worth the money and if you dont like it maybe you could give it to someone as a present for there birthday or maybe just a everyday gifti am sure they will like it but do buy this cd it is really good
I dont see the point of reviwing albums becuase if someone likes a band they will like all of their music and if they dont like a band why lisitin to them to give them a bad reviw surley this is pointless. Becuase personaly i really dont like this album so this is quite a rubish reviw and a waste of your time if you are reading it. Music is all a matter of opoinon so some people will love some albums and others will hate ablums, why are you commenting on them if you hate them? you have just wasted about 10 mins of your life talking about something you really hate wouldnt pay money for and your trying to pursuade people to do the same as you. Did it ever cross your mind that maybe people just want to DooYoo miles more than anything else? Maybe Just Maybe.
Not too surprised that no-one has written a review so far for Bon Jovi's latest effort "Lost Highway". I've been a fan of the New Jersey rockers for about the last 15 years and I have to say this has been their most disappointing release since 7800 Degree Fahrenheit.
It's not a terrible album by any means but it's just very different from the usual stuff you expect from Bon Jovi, the title track Lost Highway is without doubt the stand out track on the album by a country mile. "Country" being the operative word, as the guys have dropped pretty much all the Rock from their music and gone even softer than usual.
This is essentially a country album done by a Rock band. It's good if that's what you're into , but if you buy it expecting the usual hard hitting hits such as "It's my Life" "Keep the Faith" or "Bad Medicine" then you've came to the wrong place.
Track 4 , Whole lot of Leavin is passable and the 3rd track which was the second single entitled "(You want to) Make a Memory" is ok but in terms of your usual Bon Jovi ballad it doesn't come up to scratch for me.
If you're a fan it's worth a listen I guess but it's very different to the norm. If you're into a little country rock n roll then maybe this could be a segue way into lliking Bon Jovi. But for me I'm not that impressed.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Lost Highway
3 (You Want To) Make A Memory
4 Whole Lot Of Leavin'
5 We Got It Going On
6 Any Other Day
7 Seat Next To You
8 Everybody's Broken
9 Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore - Bon Jovi, LeAnn Rimes
10 The Last Night
11 One Step Closer
12 I Love This Town