Bon Jovi
Crush


4.5
superb

Review

by airborne50caliber USER (1 Reviews)
February 9th, 2006 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Five years after the release of "These Days", Bon Jovi breaks back into the scene with "Crush". This album contains some key Bon Jovi classics and is a key crossover point between the long-time fans and the younger fans in the process of discovering the band. Many Bon Jovi purists consider this to be the last 'classic' album, everything coming after being modern Bon Jovi. The period between "These Days" and "Crush" had several downs for Bon Jovi, but "Crush" is characteristic for being a particularly happy album, dealing with love, hope and feelings of longevity (As a pose to the more serious and sombre tone of the previous album). In it's light-heartedness it is not the most serious of Bon Jovi's albums - it's about feeling good and most of the songs are light enough to deserve the sparing of over-analysis.

This album is not particularly strong as a "Record", playing from start to finish as a masterpiece, but its strengths lie in the individual songs, and for this reason I will proceed in a song-by-song fashion. I will leave out individual song ratings - not only are they too subjective, but I don't like putting songs on a scale.

"It's My Life" - Undoubtedly the hit-maker on the album. This song is among the most famous outside the serious fanbase, along with 'Prayer and 'Bad Name. I don't think its the highlight of the album by any stretch, but it is definitely enough of a stadium anthem to be a great choice for an album-opener. An infectious intro and great sing-along lines make it a great live number. "It's my life - it's now or never, I ain't gonna live for ever" Simple, live-life thinking, but it's something we should all heed while we're bouncing to this one.

"Say it Isn't So" - The only song that could fall under 'Negative' in this album. This is a song about denial of the truth about one particular love, as well as that of the society we live in. Accompanied by a very curious and entertaining video, there is still hope in Jon's voice as he begs to wake up from this nightmare.

"Thank You For Loving Me" - One of the softer songs on the album, this one reaches far into the realms of soppyness but manages to pull it off remarkably well, with Jon's simple and honest tone and the band's excellent backing. The underlying story is that we made it through the bad times, and now things are better. This comes across not only in the lyrics, but also in the structure which starts with a soft piano and ends with an eruption of passion both in the vocals and in the instruments. Excellent technique. Might come across as simple but is wonderfully thought out and executed.

"Two Story Town" - Probably the only song in which a lead singer carrying a shiny telecaster on which he plays one sustained note every bar comes across as the coolest thing in the world. A song about breaking out - Bon Jovi has done many, and this is not the absolute best, but it supplies the theme to the album in a satisfactory way. One of the unexplainable cool things in life - it doesn't come across as specials, but stays in your mind forever.

"Next 100 Years" - Longevity indeed. This falls into the "I'll be there for you" category and is one of the strong ones in there, in my opinion. The song posses all of the epic heart-warming presence you would expect from a song trying to deal this topic seriously, served with all the rock you would expect from Bon Jovi. A pleasing instrumental break near the end gives us a good dose of adrenaline before Jon comes back for the finale. The epic strings really make this song for me, as well as the observation that "Time ain't nothing but time"

"Just Older" - Another one on longevity and the feeling of permanence. Kicks right in with the anthemic feel before Jon comes in - he's returned to his hometown to find his old friends, and although he's grown up, he reminds everyone that it's still him. One of the best breaks in the history of Bon Jovi when the instruments die down, a moment which probably makes this song the highlight of the album for me, and is incredible live. Jon says this is definitely the anthem on this album - It's been a while since "These Days", but Bon Jovi are back, and it's still Bon Jovi.

"Mystery Train" - After all this anthemic glee the decision to fill in the next spot with a softer song is very well placed. Not one of the greats in the album, in my opinion, but it is nevertheless a nice melodic song about a girl, and who can ever get enough of those?

"Save The World" - The romantic dreams of a young adult are taken up here by a character considerably more mature than you would expect arguments about saving the world from, but this doesn't make it any less of a great love song. The backing seems to reach higher and higher with every climax and by the end of the song we're all high on romantic fantasies. Excellent or what?

"Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars" - For me this is definitely up there with "Just Older". A simple song that doesn't try to be pretentious or romantic, but is so deliciously crafted that once you've found it it's with you forever. Memorable chorus and ending, very sticky lead line, and a very well dosed sense of humour and imagination.

"She's A Mystery" - Probably the quietest on the album, this is another one about a particular girl and her mysteries, accompanied by the realization that he loves her just as she is. I can sense some Jon-Bon-Jovi-ish humour in here. Not one of the highlights, but it works alright as a filler.

"I Got The Girl" - Somewhat like the one above, except the key feature here is his continuing astonishment at the fact she's his. Some great melodies happening here. I like this one more than the previous because they are both light love melodies, and this one acts as just that, while "She's A Mystery" tends to try and be a bit over-romantic for what it is.

"One Wild Night" - Another of my favourites, with a very classy, almost comical chachacha-spoof intro. Everything is very well thought out in this song, from the "nanana" pre-chorus to the "But you're not gonna believe who comes walking out" sudden drop. Considering it's topic this isn't a very serious or deep song, but in my opinion it more than makes up for it in sleazy quality. Right on.

"I Could Make A Living Out Of Loving You" - I'm afraid I cannot provide an explanation for the very weird beginning (i.e. "I'm here to talk to you about James Brown Haha hehe" and 40 seconds of silence before the song starts). The actual song is probably one of the low points of the album, at least to my eyes (Read: ears). There is nothing about the song which catches my attention, and the attempt to drive the song with drums and vocals, with guitar only lending the occasional lending hand, hasn't quite worked out. This is a bonus track (Go figure) so most versions of this album ended with "One Wild Night" which in my opinion is an amazing way to end this record. It's a shame that this had to be stuck on the end - cutting the silence off the head and putting this in the middle of the record would have alleviated the damage. Listening to the song in isolation, it's not a total failure, but it's context totally ruins it for me.


This is my first review on this site, so I guess I'll see what the feedback tastes of before I decide if to bother writing more.. Cheers to anyone who comments.


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Zaine
February 9th 2006


199 Comments


I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!! good review.

stephankirstein
February 9th 2006


20 Comments


bon jovi and the band are technically sound musicians but their music itself doesn't generally appeal to me

masada
February 9th 2006


2733 Comments


"It's My Life" is okay.

Sepstrup
February 9th 2006


1564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is really good.

Knowname
February 9th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well good review, this album at first really disappointed me because I though that These Days was by far their greatest album ever. It is and will probably always be in my top 5 ever, man I can't say enough about these days, great album. This album was decent but unfortunatley paved the way for their next two, bounce and H.A.N.D. as they both had some catchy songs but no real feeling and depth. I do agree with spat out path, why did they have to just jump on the pop train when they have so much more to offer.

The Sludge
February 10th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this better than Slippery When Wet, its more of an album than a single fest.

Knowname
February 10th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't know sludge, this album has like four well put together songs. But if being an album requires 8 or 9 easily forgotten songs then I guess sure it's an album. I really rate this album a 2.0 minus tracks 1, 2, 3, and 12.


airborne50caliber
February 11th 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I avoided using the word pop, but I do admit that this album is definitely a move in that direction. Wether it is better than These Days is wholly subjective, but I can only agree with those that say it's considerably less deep.This Message Edited On 02.11.06

Zebra
Moderator
February 11th 2006


2647 Comments


Didn't he used to be called Johnny Bon Jovi instead of just Bon Jovi?

MyRamona
April 24th 2006


1090 Comments


I liked this album when it first came out, but now I detest it. Say it isn't so is probably the only song I could still listen to on here.

raggedragamuffin
May 13th 2006


689 Comments


what cd is "mister big time" on?

Med57
Moderator
June 4th 2006


1001 Comments


I know it's on the Armageddon soundtrack. I don't know if it's on a Bon Jovi studio album. This is a top album though...I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm a Bon Jovi fan, and even though this isn't their very best, I dig it.

Patrick
June 4th 2006


1891 Comments


wow people really hate track by tracks

airborne50caliber
June 18th 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Saw Bon Jovi on their Have A Nice Day tour on may 25th..wow!

Two-Headed Boy
December 17th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I remember this album. I loved it when it first came out, but unfortunately time has not been kind to this for me.

joshlscianna
May 14th 2010


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think "Next 100 Years" is a severely underrated song. It has great meaning along with great orchestral arrangements near the end of the song. Not to mention that it is probably one of Richie's best solos to date. One wild night is a great driving song, and it's my life represents the voice of a generation

rockandmetaljunkie
July 17th 2011


3880 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

After listening to this album i think calling Bon Jovi a hard rock band is a blasphemy.

MrSirLordGentleman
April 6th 2014


4891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, probably, but It's my Life is still the best song ever

danielcardoso
August 30th 2014


2676 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Alright album, could be better but it's got some very good tracks. It's My Life and One Wild Night have some awesome riffs and Thank You For Loving Me is very emotional and cheesy but damn it's a great ballad.



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