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These Days Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, February 9, 1999
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1. Hey God
2. Something For The Pain
3. This Ain't A Love Song
4. These Days
5. Lie To Me
6. Damned
7. My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms
8. (It's Hard) Letting You Go
9. Hearts Breaking Even
10. Something To Believe In
11. If That's What It Takes
12. Diamond Ring

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000I07S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Bon Jovi was born into the rock and roll world sometime in the year of 1984 with their self-titled album. Their second album, 7800° Fahrenheit followed, but it wasn't until their third, Slippery When Wet, that Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, David Bryan and Tico Torres became a house-hold name with their catchy-yet-thought-provoking tunes about having fun, boy/girl relationships, and friendship. By the time their fourth album, New Jersey, hit the hungry public they had become one of the biggest rock acts of the 80s.
The 90s arrived, proving to be a treacherous road for many of the 80s rock bands, but not so for Bon Jovi. In 1990-91, we saw the growth of both Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora with their solo projects, Blaze of Glory and Stranger In This Town during a period of uncertainty within the band. By 1992, Bon Jovi was ready to take on the world with Keep The Faith and shortly thereafter with Crossroads, their greatest hits album, leaving Bon Jovi very much on the rock and roll map. This year, in 1995, marked the departure of bassist Alec John Such and the release of their most recent effort, These Days -- an album that shows a deep maturity and keen insight into a 90s world full of agitation, desperation, loss of hope and a lack of heroes.
The album opens with a hard-hitting "Hey God", which explores issues of poverty, violence and hard times in today's world, while questioning God's presence as these tragedies go unchecked. "Something For The Pain" begins with windchime-sounding keyboards and a forceful guitar intro. The song has a catchy feel, a harmonious chorus, and thought-provoking lyrics about needing someone or something to get you through those painful blues.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doc Stew VINE VOICE on April 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I know everyone is complaining about this album, but I have to say that it is actually pretty good. Granted, it took a while for it to grow on me, but once it did, it didn't come out of my CD player. It's one of those albums that you can play pretty much straight through without skipping songs. Some of the lyrics are pretty mundane and cliche, but the music is great. I recommend this album to all Bon Jovi fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karl John Krumrey IV on May 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One has to give Bon Jovi credit; they foresaw the grunge stormand they knew that the kind of pop-rock they specialized in and did sowell would be out of vogue come 1992, and they somehow, someway,managed to subtly change their style enough to keep most of their fans and still produce good rock music with Keep the Faith. 'These Days' is a continuation of the 'new' Bon Jovi. Under the surface, the band didn't change THAT much. A few less singalong, glossy ballads, a few more mature social commentaries, but it's still Bon Jovi. They're certainly more apt to comment on what's on their mind, as the album-opening angst of 'Hey God' demonstrates, but they still haven't forgetten their uncanny sense of making good, fun rock cool, as the next track, Something for the Pain also shows (Uncannily, during the height of the gloom-n-doom rock movement, this was a sizable hit). After the first two songs, it sags a little, with the ballads taking the center stage for most of the remainder of the album, and while Lie to Me, Diamond Ring, This Ain't a Love Song, and It's Hard Letting You Go are all good songs, it's not what Bon Jovi does best. The rockers still shine, Damned, Hearts Breaking Even, and If that's what it Takes are all worthy cuts. Rounding out the album is the suicide-note cry of 'My Guitar lies Bleeding in my Arms', possibly the best song on the album, slow, menacing, eerie, and then kicking into a powerful rage that hits home. The lyrics are starting to get a wee bit tired, but it's to be expected for a band that managed to get lucky by staying reasonably hip over the years and is still trying to maintain it's audience. These Days is a perfectly good effort from a band that just may be around for longer than anyone ever expected.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By saint on January 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing this because most of the reviews I've seen for THESE DAYS have been pretty negative. The songs on here aren't as catchy or infectious as SLIPPERY WHEN WET, but they are musically superior to the band's most notorious album.
THESE DAYS starts with "Hey God," the most intense song on the CD. A powerful track, it stays on the theme of album, which is how difficult life is during these times (or these days...aptly enough). "These days you're even harder to believe," sums up the song's take on God in the modern era. The CD then slips into "Something for the Pain," a catchy tune that hearkens back to SLIPPERY's "Livin' on a Prayer" style upbeat songs.
"This Ain't a Love Song," the third track, is the album's first ballad, a powerful one about losing love, the other major theme of the album. Bon Jovi then moves to the title track, a chilling view of the world that is one of the album's best songs. "Lie to Me," track five, is the tale of a desperate man searching for love, while the sixth track, "Damned," is a desperate man having an affair and realizing his inevitable doom.
"My Guitar Lies Bleeding in my Arms," quiets things down from the noisier sixth track and is once again a great song. The expression of the guitar used as an extremity of a broken heart is simply beautiful, as is the acoustic guitar used to accompany it. The best track on the album, "(It's Hard) Letting You Go" is by itself worth the purchase of this album. Again, it deals with the trouble of finding love in the complicated world of today. Similarly, track nine, "Hearts Breaking Even" deals with lost love. Track 11, "If That's What It Takes," is one of the lone inspirational songs of the album (with the second track), and is the story of going to extremes to satisfy love for another.
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