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These Days [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Bon JoviAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000I07S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi matures . . . September 23, 1999
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all 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
3.0 out of 5 stars A more mature effort from maturing musicians. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Classic November 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Let's make one thing clear: "These Days" is a great record. It may be heavy and lacking in the sort of arena exuberance that made Bon Jovi famous, but this is an unforgettable record.
People looking for chart-topping singles may not like this album. "These Days" is a hard-hitting album. Even the 'up' songs like "Something For the Pain" and "Damned" have a tight lyrical backlash that should have proven once and for all that Bon Jovi is a spectacular band, capable of writing songs that are powerful, ironic and inspiring.
The heavy title track, an irresistable mix of hard-nosed realism and wide-eyed idealism is a momumental song. A painful "Lie To Me" falls close behind (but not until the listener has been in enough love to 'get' the intent.) Even throwaways like "If That's What It Takes" hold a firm grip on the listener, written with character and substance.
"These Days" is not "Slippery When Wet." It's a darker, more intense Bon Jovi. It's probably not an album for everyone. But for those of us who grew up with this band (socially speaking) "These Days" is a frightening reflection of the angst and pathos a lot of us feel. In many ways the title "This Ain't A Love Song" resonates more in the context of the entire record than it does on its own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best, Far from Their Worst
Probably the most "depressing" Bon Jovi album, theme wise, but it was also released during the peak of the grunge era. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Myrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Perfect
I love this CD, I used to own it before but I lost it and I'm so happy I bought it again. I love to sing along during road trips :) The process was so quick and easy. Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars These Days
`These Day', along with `Keep the Faith', is one of my favourite Bon Jovi albums. It has some mature song writing, excellent guitar playing from Sambora and a good mix of rock and... Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi CD
This is one of the best of the best CDs I have heard. If you are a fan, you will love this as much as any of their other albums.
Published on September 6, 2010 by Roxanne L. Kirstner
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge hit outside of America
I've noticed a few reviewers mentioning These Days was not a commercially successful album but the truth is this was an incredibly successful album both commercially and critically... Read more
Published on November 8, 2009 by Mr. M Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side
In 1995, Bon Jovi presented fans with their darkest, most serious, and probably least accessible album yet, entitled These Days. Read more
Published on August 20, 2009 by B. Cassidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Review
Highlights: These Days (it seemed like Bon Jovi was the only real rock band in 1995 to dare to release a traditional rock album after Nirvana "grungeified" everything to crap - to... Read more
Published on January 10, 2009 by capencowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure.
It's always a pleasure to hear Bon Jovi.This was no exception! Classic rock never goes out of style and you would really enjoy this CD.
Published on December 21, 2007 by P. Svoboda
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Without doubt THE BEST Bon Jovi album! Jon and Richie sound superb together on tracks such as "Hearts breaking even" and "letting you go". Read more
Published on November 28, 2007 by Colin R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY UNDER RATED!!
To me this is Bon Jovi's second best album. But since it's a slightly differnt mix than the one's that came before many didn't give it a chance. Read more
Published on November 11, 2007 by Animefreak1983
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