22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2000
You haven't heard the truly great songs on this record. The two hits, "Blaze of Glory," and "Miracle" are strong tracks, no doubt about it. But the greatness remaining on this album is an eye-opening study of the songwriter named Jon Bon Jovi.
This album feels like a western. No doubt. Jon Bon Jovi may be from Jersey but he knows what the old west is about -- dirt, spit, blood. Big emotions and big voices. That's what this album provides. When this album was written Jon probably didn't know how to write a bad song.
But there is one song that is truly unforgettable. It is called "Santa Fe" and it is probably the pinnacle of songwriting for Jon. He delivers a vocal performance that he could probably never duplicate in a song that lies itself bleeding on a dirty rock and roll highway. Listening to this song is exhausting, I can't imagine performing it.
The rest of this record may not reach that pinnacle but it gets close. And how many records can say that?
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2001
This album truly shows the great Talent that Jon Bon Jovi uses in the other albums where he plays with the band. In some songs in Blaze of Glory you almost don't have any music, only the image of a great songwriter and singer that doesn't use any special effects to cover his voice, but has a very country/rock style that influences thousands to pick up guitars and start writing and playing. Great songs, catchy... fun to sing and fun to play... Buy this CD... but be careful, if you'll buy you'll end up buying the rest of his albums :) Enjoy.
46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2002
(...) Tonight I just got back from a 3 hour long marathon heated discussion with my piano professor about the usual topic, "pop" vs. "classical" (I hate labels) and I now view it as my godgiven destiny to proclaim to everyone the entity that is the Blaze of Glory album.
No, I'm not a 35 year old who's been into Bon Jovi since the Runaway and Farenheit days (though I was quick to catch up), but I can't do anything about that. At the age of 10, I saw the Blaze of Glory Video on TV, and that is the reason for everything I have chosen to do to this day.
Yes, I guess I am slightly biased, being a hardcore Jovi fan for a good 12 years and counting now, but... I'll do my best here to try to put myself on the level of all the "Ew that is cheesy hair metal" people that I have had the misfortune of being surrounded by all my life, if just to try to reach them somehow. (Is that possible?)
Please forgive me if this review doesn't seem to the point, but I view it as necessary. The bottom line is, although Jon Bon Jovi is not Beethoven (though I foolishly tried to draw some parallels to that earlier this evening), he has "it." What is "it?" It's not a selloutcheezyleaterpantslonghairspandexpretensious element that most people my age seem to see in him (or the band for that matter). But it is an element that has evolved and perfected itself in the form of Jon Bon Jovi. He is not fake. He writes, sings, and plays from the heart, I swear to God. I don't care how much of a Jazz, Beatles, Techno, Nirvana, Bach, or Rap (or Def Leppard, for that matter) lover you are. When you put this album on and you are engulfed by the surreal power of "Sante Fe", "Miracle", the title track, and "Justice in the Barrel", you learn (or are vividly reminded) why music exists in the first place. And what else do you need? "It" is had by few, but if you let it in, who knows, it may just save your life at some point, or atleast get you through some tough times. I am very serious about this. With the possible exception of the leadoff "Billy Get Your Guns" and the awesome Little Richard Romp "You Really Got Me Now" (which are great songs, btw), every other song on this album was given to us from God himself. No, I am not saying Jon Bon Jovi is God. But I am saying that music connects with the human soul in such a profound way, that some other force, or SOMETHING, let Jon into the "stream of light", or whatever you will call it, so he could tap some of that great energy and call it his own, on this album. No, he isn't the greatest musician in the world. On the band albums, Richie and Dave are what make that so remarkable. But although some classical buffs (and I'm sure many others) cringe at me saying this, the emotion evoked on the "So I save a prayer..." bridge of "Sante Fe" is NOT out of league with that found in the Beethoven 9th or the Rachmaninoff 2nd.
So from one little video from 1990, where Jon Bon Jovi lip-synchs on the top of a beautiful cliff in the middle of nowhere, comes atleast one "impressionable" life, that being myself. With a degree in classical piano, I myself will now be trying to be the "next biggest thing" or whatever euphemism one must call such a blessing/curse. Hopefully, it will be something that makes some sort of a bridge between openminded classical people and rock enthusiasts. I don't like Jon only for his appearance, as is the case with most crazy people who stand in line for 1st row seats that don't know half the lyrics. I like him for his MUSIC. What a novel concept! The terms Bon Jovi and HIGH LEVEL OF MUSICIANSHIP used in the same breath! Well, the critics never cared to state anything like that, so let me be the first. I really appreciate you reading this, and though you might not be the gullable 10 year old that I was (of course I'll admit there was and is commercialism in it, you can't play the game without it), I don't care who you are. If you are a legitimately decent human being, you will buy this album, listen to it with great focus, and find Jon Bon Jovi bleeding his heart out in every NONCLICHE (that's right) lyric he puts forth. I think I'm a bigger fan of the album than he is, but ... so what?
Thank You All For Your Time and Rock and Roll will never die,
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2006
It's hard to classify this album in a genre, but musically it is a benchmark album that sets a standard that few can reach. What sets it apart from Bon Jovi (the band) records, is that it doesn't sound so polished and commercially viable. This is real, heartfelt compilation of songs that speak of life and anyone with a soul could relate to a few of these. "Santa Fe" is one of the greatest songs, lyrically and musically, that I have ever heard. It takes you to a state of mind that few songs do. The movie was decent, but it pales in comparison to this album. I wouldn't buy this album because of the movie, i would buy the movie because of the album.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2001
Since this one has been out for over ten years now, I guess I should review it since itis my all time favorite soundtrack to any movie (even edging out The Crow). This soundtrack is by far one of the best you can find. It might also help, that thanks to the 2000 release of Crush (and the fact that Bon jovi is "cool" again People will buy this album. I ,myself, have worn out two tapes and am on my second cd version of this one. It's just incredible. After eleven years, I still get goosebumps after "Santa Fe". I'm also very pleased with how jon and the boys have handled themselves after all these years and how they survived the grunge, industrial, rap-metal trends that murdered nearly everyone else from their era. However, they did survive for a reason, not luck. Their music was actually good. not just a flavor of the month. If you're a long time Bon jovi fan you probably already own it, but if you're a newcomer, check this out. I think you will be pleased to see the magic that made you buy Crush, was here then, just like it always was. I'm kinda sad to say that the rest of the band wasn't there for this one (although there is CERTAINLY nothing wrong with Jeff Beck's playing). In a lot of ways, this film is just like the movie, wild and rocking. check it out and for give this somewhat sporadic and incohesive review. Enjoy.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2003
Its hard to believe that this came out 13 years ago and yet at the same time i cant imagine what the last 13 years of my life would be like without this cd. It has got me through a lot of tough times.When I was angry at school I would listen to it at lunch and let jons words sooth my soul enough to get me through the day.When I was angry at work I would run to my truck and again I would let jon get me through the day."Bang a drum" means so much...Thanks Jon for writing a great record that stands on its own 2 feet to this day
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2000
This has to be the best album that Jon Bon Jovi has produced, and is vastly overlooked with being a movie soundtrack. It is basically a CD that everybody should own. No record collection is complete without it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2000
this is the first cd I ever bought for myself and by myself. It was a long time ago and I had to look two months for it. I'm now buying my second copy 'cause the first one is worn to the bone. This is by far my all time favourite cd. Wherever I go, it's with me. The songs are beautiful and heart-rending and just great to roar along with. For me, this the ultimate and eternal classic. An excellent buy!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2000
Releasing this solo album, Jon Bon Jovi showed his softer side compared to what the band Bon Jovi had done so far (its clearly best album is, by the way, »New Jersey«).
And he did good. Because on »Blaze Of Glory«, he gets a lot of things out of his system which he couldn't get out in the band. In the lyrics as well as musically.
Of course, this created an album definitely worth hearing, and on which every single track is good pop-rock! When I bought the LP years ago, I listened to it at least five times a day for weeks, and it is still among my nostalgic favourites.
The top track is the beautiful »Santa Fe« which is introduced by the Billy The Kid tribute »Blood Money«.
»Blaze Of Glory« is worth buying, especially taken into consideration that neither Bon Jovi nor Jon Bon Jovi have succeeded in making anything that accomplished since then.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2005
On BLAZE OF GLORY, inspired by YOUNG GUNS II, Jon Bon Jovi goes solo. This record proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jon deserves the band to be titled after him. BOG is just as good as any of the band's records, and better than a lot of them. In fact, there's no filler among these songs, every song memorable and well-composed.
"Billy Get Your Guns" is a fast-paced rocker, with a subtly different sound than the band's. It sets the baseline for the rest of the record, and as is often the case with Bon Jovi albums, it outlines the philosophy and message of the record, like "Let it Rock," "I Believe" and "Keep the Faith," a song that's absolutely critical to the whole, but most of the time not the best. "Miracle" is one of the best songs on the record, with great, meaningful lyrics and serious staying power in your head. The title track, "Blaze of Glory," is another gem, and fully deserves its place on the greatest hits album. "Santa Fe" is the best song on the record, with lots of Jon's best lyrics. The epic feel and the heightened emotion in Jon's voice can move you surprisingly deeply for what has been described as a "circus act." The vocals and the orchestral background are fantastic, and "Santa Fe" surely stands out among the great cathartic rock songs. "Blood Money" is another great song, and another example of how much easier it is to write great songs when you have inspiration from a movie (or a book, in my case. After floundering around for a few years -- I am thirteen, so not so long ago -- I wrote songs for a book I read and after that the creativity locked away in my head broke out and flourished. Am I getting off track?) "Justice in the Barrel" is a great song, although some people will find the very, very long intro boring. I found it catchy, in an odd, annoying sort of way. It's one of the record's highlights. "Never Say Die" is one of my favorites, a fast-paced rocker that fools you with the happy-go-lucky beat into thinking it's a happy song. Very catchy, and still managing to touch on serious issues without ever bogging you down. "You Got Me Now" is a little acoustic surprise with a very country-like sound, a relief from the tons of grief and sadness that is found on this dark record. "Bang A Drum" is an awesome power ballad about an outlaw finding religion. "Dyin' Ain't Much of a Livin'" ends the record with a sad song about death and ruin, and one of the most powerful tracks on the record. Jon excels as a songwriter here, and goes out with a bang. Literally, as far as the movie's story goes. A loud bang. A mediocre and unnecessary instrumental, a minute long, finally ends it. "Guano City" isn't much to remember.
As a whole, BLAZE OF GLORY is the least flawed of the Bon Jovi albums, solo efforts and band records. There is zero filler except for a minute of "Guano City." Every other song is great vocally, lyrically, and pretty good as far as the playing goes. Although it doesn't come together as solidly as "New Jersey" or "Keep the Faith" because of the absolutely stunning songs that those records boast. If "Blaze" doesn't have the one or two completely mindblowing records that those two records (and don't forget "Slippery When Wet" has that virtue too) do, it still has the least filler and on average the best quality of songs. "Blaze ranks third place easily among Bon Jovi records. This is one to remember.