Lost Highway
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2007
I was a hair band fan from way back and always loved Bon Jovi. What I always loved about the Hair Band days was the power ballad. The power ballad always had the strong hook and most importantly the strong lyrics. As the hair bands faded, I found what I loved in Country music. The strong hook and the powerful lyric, has been present in Country music for a long time. I am not a fan of some of the old time Country, but I am in the newer Country. Bon Jovi has taken that New Country in this albumn and even taken it further. This has the same Bon Jovi feel that I have always loved, yet it has that Nashville feel. I know there have been very personal feelings in the lyrics of this album from what has gone on in Sambora and Bryant's personal lives. That has just cemented the greatness of this. "A Whole Lot of Leaving Going On" totally exemplifies this. I am still proud of my Hair Band loving roots, and this album shows the growth of not only Bon Jovi as a band, but myself as a person also. The party anthems are still here, and it is great to have a country flavor to them. What else could you ask from Bon Jovi?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2007
One day in 1984, I bought Bon Jovi's self titled debut on cassette (yes, cassette, CD's were not out yet). Since that day, I've purchased every CD they have released. I feel every release had something to offer (of course, some more than others).

Fast forward just a few years, Bon Jovi releases what is labeled a country album. I just listened to the whole thing and I would say the country tag is not appropriate. This album is as country as "Slippery When Wet" was a heavy metal album if you know what I mean. Bon Jovi is a straight up rock and roll band. They always have been. Think about it. There are reasons why Bon Jovi lasted through changing musical styles of the past 23 years. The songs are great, Jon's voice is strong, and the band can play. In short, they have talent. And talent is what it's about - not following the next musical trend.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2007
This is the best Bon Jovi release in several years - the swap to Nashville really added to the mix in a GREAT way. Target has 2 bonus cuts - one a live version of "I Love This Town" and the other is a bonus track called "Walk Like A Man" - and only $9.99
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 23, 2008
The Good
Riding high on the success of one country crossover hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home," Bon Jovi take a stab at a full album of country inspired songs. With that being said, you really can't call this a country album at all, more like Bon Jovi unplugged or Bon Jovi-light. As usual, the songwriting is great. Bon Jovi has always had a knack for that, and as they've matured, so has their lyrics. If Bon Jovi can't touch you with a ballad (like "Make a Memory" and "Seat Next to You"), then you must be dead. Unless you're a die-hard Bon Jovi fan, I doubt you will find anything that tickles your fancy. Even if you are a Bon Jovi fan, you'll still have your reservations.

The Bad
The albums biggest problem is its lack of energy. It's as if Jon has accepted he's gotten older and decided to slow everything down. "Summertime" and "Whole Lot of Leavin'" have some energy, but they are far from anthems. I don't know how they could even promote this as a country album either. Because they use more acoustics, slide guitar, and a banjo? The closest thing to country is "We Got It Going On" featuring Big and Rich, and that's more like modern country.

The Verdict
Instead of calling it "Bon Jovi's country album," perhaps they should have called it "Bon Jovi's adult contemporary album." All you're really getting is all of the energy sucked out of the Bon Jovi you knew and loved in the 80s. Yeah, you get a few good songs, but overall you get let down. Some roads are better left un-traveled. This Lost Highway is one of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2007
I bought the CD the day it was released and I have played it non-stop. It's been a long time since I've bought a CD and liked every song on it. I've been a Bon Jovi fan from the beginning, have all their albums, go to every concert I can and I still wasn't worried when I heard Bon Jovi was produing a "country" influenced album. I guess I feel that these guys do everything well, and this album didn't let me down. When I listen to music I want it to say something to me, and so many songs on this album do. "The Last Night" and "Seat Next To You" are just beautiful songs but the bonus track (Target Purchase) "Walk Like A Man" makes you stop and listen, knowing Dave and Richie are grieving over the loss of their fathers and listening to this song about a father/son relationship, how can anyone say that they are in it for the money. These guys still have alot to say, and frankly, when they are saying it with songs like these, I'm all ears.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If you're expecting the same type of music you've always heard from Bon Jovi, then listen to some sample tracks first. I found this a delight, mainly because of the continuing changes and unexpected deviations from formulaic tunes. Also, Make A Memory is absolutely one of my favorite songs of the year. I look forward to the next CD already, even though I'm still thrilled by this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2007
Bon Jovi is still kicking it out. I give this 4 stars to raise your head up. This is the Walmart special that sells for only $14. They are probally hard to find now due to kind folks buying them all up & then reselling- SCALPING them on places like Amazon & Ebay. The DVD is a "CMT pick" & is a limited edition. This is not the same dvd that comes with the Japanese Import but caution there too- it only plays in region 3 & wont play in region 1 the USA.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2007
I have been a Bon Jovi fan for so long. I always said they could cover Twinkle, twinkle little star and I would love it. This album is NOT country. It bothers me that so many are reviewing it as such, it's not. I love every track except for the Big & Rich one. As I have grown up, so has Bon Jovi and I love it! If you're a real fan, you'll appreciate and enjoy this album! Make a memory and buy it, I guarantee you won't be disappointed if you're a fan!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Bon Jovi a band that has brought us great (and sometimes just average) music for over 20 years. I had wondered if "Lost Highway" would hit the mark or just miss it. Well, I have listened and I can only say........... W O W ! ! ! ! This CD shows how Bon Jovi has ALWAYS had just a touch of country in their music. Yes, it may have been cranked up to 11 on some of their guitar amps before, but Richie has always had just a touch of the country note bends in his finest solos. The music has always had great musical lines (chord progressions for you musical students) and now that magical touch is just a touch better. Jon's vocals have always had a great earthy edge in them that is completely at home in the country genre.

But I have to tell you: THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S COUNTRY MUSIC. This is country music like Keith Urban, or Kenny Chesney. In other words it is still rock music that Bon Jovi is playing. It's just that now it has the slightest additional touch of country. A better acoustic guitar sound here, a distant steel guitar there, and a couple of great country duets.

But I DARE YOU to tell me that "We Got It Going On" wouldn't work great at a rock concert. Big & Rich brought their ROCK flair to this great party song, Another great party song is the closing number, "I Love This Town"

I can't tell you enough: 1) This is the BEST Bon Jovi CD released in the last 15 years and 2) Forget the label "country" and just put it in your player, baby. This rocks with style and passion.

I can't wait to hear this in concert.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2007
**UPDATE** okay the newness has worn off - still, it deserves 4 stars

Bon Jovi is my favorite rock band. But I'm realistic. I know they won't go down in history as having the best lyrics or the best vocals, and I not every song they've got is 5 star level - but when you put it all together they've got the sound, the lyrics, the soulful groove, and that extra `put everything you got into it' quality that, put together, make them the best in my opinion. But that doesn't mean I'm automatically going to give everything they put out 5 stars. To measure the quality of Lost Highway I went back to listen to all their albums to see how the new album measured up. So that you know where I stand I've rated all their regular albums based on a point system. Here are the results:

1. Have A Nice Day, 2. These Days, 3. Lost Highway, 4. Keep the Faith, 5. New Jersey, 6. Slippery When Wet, 7. Crush, 8. Bounce, 9. Bon Jovi, & 10. 7800 Degrees Fahrenheight

Going through chronologically: Their early albums rocked harder then I remembered, the music is great, but the lyrics aren't as full of content or mature as later on, which is fine - they were young and their sound at the time reflects that. Keep the Faith marks the beginning of their maturing and really hitting their groove. These Days has everything, it's probably my most listened to album. Ah, then we come to Crush, their 2000 comeback after being gone for 5 years, it has a lighter, ever so slight, electronic pop sound to it. It's strength - Just Older. But Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars took points off this album. Bounce is an unusually serious and heavy sound on tracs 1-3,7,9,11. Have A Nice Day was a strong comeback from Crush and Bounce. This title trac opens it up strong - gone is the heavy laiden guitar pounding off Bounce, and back is their classic hard rocking sound throughout. The only exception being Who Says You Can't Go Home duet with Jennifer Nettles. Yet it sounded good, not my favorite song on the album, but I really like it.

Now Lost Highway - at first listen I liked it, I mean I really liked it. I can't remember the last time I bought an album and liked it so much. It's consistently good material and it's consistently Bon Jovi. Nearly all of the songs rock (like normal). Relax - it's not a country album. Only these few tracs have a country tinge to them: 1 - Lost Highway, the second weakest song on the album, "plastic dashboard Jesus"? Come on guys, 4 - Whole Lot Of Leavin' the Keith Urban wannabe song, and 11 - One Step Closer - good though. 5 - We Got It Going On with Big and Rich is the weakest song on the album and just a weak song period. But let's not forget that Big and Rich and LeAnn Rimes aren't exactly country compared to say, George Strait.

Anyway the remaining tracs are great:
2 - Summertime, classic Bon Jovi rockin' and having fun.
3 - (You Want To) Make a Memory, Like the band said it doesn't sound like anything else out there, but it sounds like Bon Jovi and it's already one of my favorites, I'm liking it more and more.
6 - Any Other Day, Starts with some guitar picking, but rocks no less than anything on previous albums.
7 - Seat Next To You, Nothing out of the ordinary, ballad.
8 - Eyerybody's Broken, Solid and rockin'.
9 - Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore with LeAnn Rimes is a solid rocking ballad.
10 - The Last Night, if anything this one sounds to have a slight Don Henley influence.
12 - I Love This Town, again Bon Jovi rockin' and having fun.

I feel Lost Highway merits A four star rating. It may be a little more ballad heavy then previous albums, but that's one of their strengths. I would like to see their next album rock hard like the old days with the songwriting and maturity strength of today. Anyway, be sure to get the version with two bonus tracs (offered here on Amazon or at Target). Walk Like a Man is awesome.
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