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Disco de Bon Jovi - These Days

Disco de Bon Jovi - These Days (Anverso)
Información del disco :
Título: These Days
Precio aprox.:$13.98 (USD)
Fecha de Publicación:
Tipo:Audio CD
Sello Discográfico:Island / Mercury
Valoración de Usuarios :
Media (4.2) :(87 votos)
55 votos
14 votos
6 votos
4 votos
8 votos
Contenido :
3 This Ain't A Love Song
6 Damned +Video
8 (It's Hard) Letting You Go
11 If That's What It Takes
Análisis de usuario
13 personas de un total de 13 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- Bon Jovi matures . . .

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. Richie and Jon add a nice effect to the song by singing separate verses at the same time during the bridge. "Damned" is an all-out jam with a funky rhythm and soaring vocals by Jon, who sings about being involved with a married woman. With a crunchy beat and flavorful horns this song can only prove to be great live. "My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms" is eerie-sounding and dismal both musically and vocally, telling the torture of being hit with writer's block. "If That's What It Takes" provides us with a positive outlook on being there for your partner in a relationship and trusting that person, even though that trust has been broken in the past. The ballads are plentiful on this album, but they are all very unique in their own right. "This Ain't A Love Song" is a break-up song that paints beautiful pictures lyrically, laced with engaging keyboards and R&B vocals. "Lie To Me" is a relationship song about having some hope left as long as your soul mate believes in you because, without that, there would be nothing left. Musically, it's backed with melodic keyboards and guitars, while Richie croons softly in the background. "(It's Hard) Letting You Go" uses picturesque lyrical prose telling a gut-wrenching story about grieving the loss of someone you love very much, backed up by a simple, yet enchanting guitar melody. "Heart's Breaking Even" is another break-up song about calling quits on a relationship before it's too late, providing a waltzy, soulful rhythm. The title song, "These Days" begins with an exquisite piano intro, leading into a sonorous guitar intro. The clever lyrics, sung soulfully by Jon, paints a very real picture of today's world of lost innocence, irrevocable heroes, and dreams hard to grasp. The most depressing song of the album, "Something To Believe In" proposes a sense of hopelessness about friendships, religion, and circumstances. Backed by a tribal drum beat and tambourine, and punctuated with a series of "heys" by Richie, this song proves to be the most cynical on the album. "Diamond Ring" wraps up the album with simple, yet meaningful lyrics, wrapped around an euphonious acoustic guitar. Jon's clear, aesthetic vocals and Richie's backups makes this short, yet charming song complete.

These Days is a wonderful, mature collaboration that is very real and insightful lyrically, while it shows off Jon's incredible vocal abilities and the band's unbelievable musical expertise. Despite the excellence of this album, some masterpieces have been pitifully left out. One standout, "Lonely At The Top" is another simple acoustic number about a girl's father who committed suicide because he couldn't deal with his fame any longer. Beautifully written and sung, it touches the heart. Another standout, "Bitter Wine" is another ballad filled with poignant piano, ethereal guitars, and tender vocals, and is lyrically bittersweet and elegant. Three other gems, "All I Want Is Everything" shows the boys can still write a kicking rock tune, "When She Comes" is mellow, yet catchy with it's driving bass rhythm, and "The End" is whimsical and delightful. "Wedding Day", an upbeat ballad flavored with a tad of county influence, is melodic and wistful, diplaying Jon's intrinsically exquisite voice. One tune that I don't particularly care for is "Prostitute" , which I find too divergent and eccentric, making it more reminiscent of Nirvana.

Bon Jovi doesn't need to prove they are a 90s band; they've already done so. They mix what they know with new, flavorful ideas that keep their music refreshing and always moving forward. They never regurgitate past albums, as each one sounds significantly different from the other. They continue to improve musically, lyrically, and vocally, while they remain charming performers live. What's more, they're even nice guys. These Days , as with their previous works, proves to be another hit.

(Detroit area, Mi)
5 personas de un total de 5 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- A more mature effort from maturing musicians.

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.

3 personas de un total de 3 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- Keep The Faith is slightly better

Man this is by far the 2nd best Bon Jovi album after Keep The Faith then comes Slippery when wet, new jersey etc. In fact I don't even listen to the 80s albums much except for the 90s ones.

Why???? Because of the maturity of the songwriting and the structure of the songs. Listen to the lyrics of "Something to believe in". A very dark and moody song along with other ones too like "Hey God", "These Days", "As my guitar lies bleeding".

This was also the album to not feature their longtime bassist Alec John Such who left after Keep The Faith due to a rift b/w himself and JBJ. But this didn't stop the album doing platinum in the states and again topped the UK charts becoming another major hit there. Another hit, another multiplatinum hit, Bon Jovi sails on, unscarred by the trends and alternative bands that were killing off the glam bands.

This is an album for those that despised glam bands as this album tackled on many issues regarding beliefs, life and issues.

(Austin, MN United States)
5 personas de un total de 6 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- My favorite Bon Jovi album!

The lyrics on this album are eloquent. When "This Ain't a Love Song" was fairly new, it reminded me of camp. "Something to Believe in" is an excellent song to sing to oneself during hard times. "These Days" (the song) has not only great lyrics, but THE BEST INTRO KNOWN TO MAN!

This CD is severely underrated; "Damned" is the only song that gets any play at all. It is true that you won't find the lightest, happiest Bon Jovi music here, but the emotion in These Days is still beautiful.

(Plainview, NY United States)
5 personas de un total de 6 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- True Bon Jovi fans will love it

Inspired by the many harsh words that "These Days" has received in "Crush" reviews, I feel it is my duty to say that "These Days" was one of the group's best. While many criticize it for being a commercial sell-out, I would say that it is the most introspective and non-mainstream album they ever did. The title track is a true account of how life is today, and "Something to Believe In" is a sad song relating the poor state of life's many double standards---very eloquently written. "It's Hard Letting You Go" is haunting...for anyone who knows about being unable to move on from a lost love, this is a great song for you. Other great songs include: "Lie to Me" (a desperate cry for someone to love you---wonderful ballad), "My Guitar Lies Bleeding in My Arms" (one of the album's best--intriguing song of nearing the end of the line), and "Hearts Breaking Even" (a great break-up song, with a cool rock and roll beat). All in all, a great album, with impressive themes. For those looking for a deep, introspective album, one in which you will come away feeling like you should know yourself a little better, "These Days" is a great album for you!

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