Bon Jovi
These Days


4.0
excellent

Review

by mark1991 USER (37 Reviews)
September 9th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A misunderstood record.

Bon Jovi has always been an easy to listen to band, playing for the most part mainstream pop rock music filled with memorable hooks. During the 80s, Bon Jovi released a total of 4 albums, with their most successful being ‘Slippery When Wet’ and ‘New Jersey’. Bon Jovi released positive radio friendly music throughout this era, creating classics like ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and ‘Bad medicine’.

When the 80s ended, and the hair metal movement lost all its steam, Bon Jovi were smart enough to realize they had to change with the times, or risk being left behind. ‘Keep The Faith’ was the resulting record. A more mature sound could be found on this album, although the positive anthem rock influence could still be found in tracks such as ‘In These Arms’ and ‘Keep The Faith’.
‘Crossroads’ was released in the year of ’94, resulting in one of Bon Jovi’s biggest hits ‘Always’. The somber lyrics accompanying the song was a breathe of fresh air from the band, and ‘These Days’ continued to develop that.

‘These Days’ is a slower and darker Bon Jovi record. The band abandons their optimistic view of the world, for a deeper more cynical view. This can be seen in the brilliant opener ‘Hey God’, one of the few heavy songs on the album. Jon gives one of his best vocal performances here, as he brings together different stories of people living on the edge of the world. No more do they sing about keeping faith, as he repeats:
‘I know how busy you must be, but Hey God...
Do you ever think about me"’

‘Something for the pain’ follows the usual Bon Jovi formula closer; but Sambora gives the song a blues feel that is more reminiscence of his solo work than the usual Bon Jovi songs. The next three songs are all ballads, and individually their all good songs, but together they do seem to drag a bit. The title track is a fan favorite. It starts with a haunting ballad progression, as it slowly builds to a powerful climax, throughout Jon sings about the loss of innocence and homelessness.

The album picks up the pace with the bluesy ‘Damned’. Featuring one of Sambora’s best riffs and a catchy chorus, this song could easily be a crowd favorite at concerts but Bon Jovi have decided to ignore this song for most of the last 15 years. ‘My Guitar Lies Bleeding in My Arms’ follows ‘Damned’ and it’s the best song on the album. A depressive lyrics about the loss of love and inspiration, this a song which is substance over flash, something that has become quite rare in recent Bon Jovi records. ‘My Guitar..’ like the title track has a progressive song structure as its constantly building in intensity until it reaches a climax.

As expected following some great rock songs, Bon Jovi have to include some ballads. ‘(Its Hard) Letting You Go’ is the slowest song on the album, actually it’s the slowest song Jovi have ever recorded. The lyrics are cheesy and the songs drags, but a strong close to the song save it from being a total waste. ‘Hearts Breaking Even’ has no such luck. It’s a lesser version of songs we have heard Bon Jovi release countless times before.

The album picks up with ‘Something to believe in’. Jon sings about the false hope we cling to, claiming that we are aware that it’s nothing more than an illusion. Tico’s drums are left a bit of room to shine here; also Bryan’s keyboards play a huge part in giving this song its atmospheric feel.
‘Diamond Ring’ is a little acoustic number which closes the album. It ends the album on a positive note, even if the song is nothing to write home about, although the lyrics have a certain charm to them.

‘These Days’ was a moderate success, especially in Europe and Japan. After a world tour and a couple years’ hiatus, Bon Jovi returned to their more optimistic and more marketable song writing, resulting in a decade of mediocrity.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2011


56272 Comments


My Guitar Lies in My Bleeding Arms


Digging: Yung Lean - Poison Ivy

BigHans
September 9th 2011


29396 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

decent job but this album sucks hard

Tyrael
September 9th 2011


21113 Comments


Terrible band

SatelliteYears
September 9th 2011


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. I think I'll check out that "Hey God" song. Sounds interesting.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2011


56272 Comments


jon bovi
‘I know how busy you must be, but Hey God...
Do you ever think about me?
lol

JamieTwort
September 9th 2011


26988 Comments


My Guitar Lies Bleeding... is great but the rest of the album isn't that good IMO.

pacedown
April 27th 2012


185 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its hard to dislike this album.

im worried about them ears.

Danielitos
November 1st 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

really special heart-relationship with this album. Awesome

danielcardoso
May 4th 2013


11770 Comments


These Days is their best album.

Biolant
November 1st 2016


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with daniel. Finally album which doesnt irritate with naivete and exaggerated optimism. Good to see that the band has its darker side and is able to create more mature and brutal music.

rodrigo90
November 24th 2016


5086 Comments


If bon jovi would had stick to shis style, they would have becine A LEGENDARY BAND, but the band took the wrong path and thanks to that, we have shitty songs like "one wild night" and "have a nice day"

rodrigo90
November 24th 2016


5086 Comments


Btw, how worthy is give a listening to their 80's album? beside livin' on a prayer and all that stuff

mark1991
March 1st 2017


45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Doubt you're still wondering Rodrigo, but I would give New Jersey a listen. Really fun pop rock album. Homebound Train is just killer.

747727
May 26th 2017


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favourite Bon jovi album although jon's solo album destination anywhere is my favourite of all Bon jovi related albums.



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