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Sadly overlooked and underrated (4.5*),
This review is from: 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit (Audio CD)
I'm writing this review in defense of Bon Jovi's second album 7800 Fahrenheit is I feel too often overlooked. Perhaps that's why I like it so much because it's kind of a well kept secret. It's very much as if you take your favorite album and compare the hits to the deep cuts, often the hits remain and the deep cuts fade but those dedicated fans who bought the album get perhaps even more enjoyment from the deep cuts because they're underrated and not known by everybody. To me this album is just like that, except with time it got lost and every song is a deep cut in a way. Of course as with most 1980's albums not all the songs have aged well but I feel there a few gems here. 7800 Fahrenheit has a dark vibe through it, those are not happy song and there's a lot of anger, pain and emotions bled into this one, it's gloomy and -although it makes somewhat heavy use of the keyboard-heavy, for a BJ album. "In and Out of Love" is the best known song but even the band rarely played anything from the album after they made it big.
"In And Out of Love" is a perfect opener for a Bon Jovi album, it's heavy and it's easy to sing along with and sets the tone nicely. The song deserves all the praises it gets; actually it's the only song from this album that still gets some kind of recognition. "Price of Love" is a dark heavy track with a fantastic chorus and you can feel the passion from the young musicians all throughout, fantastic track. For me the best song on 7800 Fahrenheit is "Only Lonely", a surprisingly dark and highly melodic song. The song is marked by lyrics of sadness, features an intense breakdown that is actually the best part of the song and the strong accompanying keyboard work their full effect here. Very intense stuff. Richie Sambora's solo here is relatively short and repetitive but is also one of the catchiest and most well-places solos in a song I've ever heard. "Silent Night" is a great ballad, probably one of the best BJ did. "Tokyo Road" has been receiving some praises and rightfully so, I can't say anything bad about this track. "The Hardest Part Is The Night" is another highlight, again heavy in melody and keyboard an catchy as can be. Listen to passionate "oooooh's" by John as the song fades while the melody continues. "Always Run To You" is a gem, great chorus and on the heavier side. All and all, pound for pound this is an excellent album. It may not be to every fan's liking and it's much more similar to the self-titled debut than Slippery When Wet (not that I have anything against it, quite the contrary), it's dark, edgier, raw and that much more honest.
For those reason and more Bon Jovi fans should not overlook this release, 7800 is an underrated album and there are a lot of great songs that you're missing out on. There's more to it than "In And Out of Love" and although the common belief is that this is the band's weakest album, it's not. This sophomore release doesn't have much of a fan following but it has a special place in my heart. I'd almost say it's worth it for "Only Lonely" alone but there many other great songs that redeem the album's value. For 1985 this was a true Hard Rock/Metal album, it has keyboards, catchy choruses and all but it's a rock album. It's heavier than anything they have done and right before they moved towards more pop territory which earned them massive success and millions of fans. It pains me to think that this album is not celebrated and that no songs (or next to none) are played live by the band because there are many that could fit well along th hits. 4.5/5 SOLID album.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2012 3:15:19 PM PST
R.P. Tristram Coffin IV says:
I'm totally gay for Price of Love. I've loved that song since i was 14.
I've recently been revisiting Bon Jovi. After liking them as a teenager, Bon Jovi kinda left me after college. I just didn't like their music anymore as much as other acts from my childhood. However, and for whatever reason, I've been liking Bon Jovi again, and not just the original albums from my youth, but what they have done since.
I love this album for nostalgia but feel it's one of the harder ones to respect. Price of Love and Hardest Part Is the Night are big exceptions.
Tokyo Road is just plain silly. The opening doesn't match the song, for one. It is a key example of the band trying too hard instead of letting things flow. I could even imagine producers pointing out the folly of this song when advising toward the direction of Slippery. Bon Jovi have always been best when they are fun, and while some exceptions of good dark tracks exist on the first two albums, Tokyo Road is where they jumped the shark.
As for Silent Night, yeah. They have made a career of rewriting that track and most Jovi fans don't even know it.
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