April 27, 2021

Bon Jovi - New Jersey (1988) ☠

*U.S. first pressing. 
Contains 12 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hard Rock
Label Number: 836 345-2
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☠: Selected by Lass
© 1988 Mercury Records
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
Bon Jovi had perfected a formula for hard pop/rock by the time of New Jersey, concentrating on singalong choruses sung over and over again, frequently by a rough, extensively overdubbed chorus, producing an effect not unlike what these songs sounded like in the arenas and stadiums where they were most often heard. The lyrics had that typical pop twist -- although they nominally expressed romantic commitment, sentiments such as "Lay Your Hands on Me" and "I'll Be There for You" worked equally well as a means for the band and its audience to reaffirm their affection for each other. The only thing that marred the perfection of this communion was Jon Bon Jovi's continuing obsession with a certain predecessor from his home state; at times, he seemed to be trying to re-create Born to Run using cheaper materials.

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