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"Keep The Faith" Review 12 June 2002
Keep The Faith

Well, I guess I revieuwed everything fron Keep The Faith, well almost, not the singles...

A review by Sebastiaan / Supersonic@xinix.nu

Keep the Faith

This is the first album after a break of three years. Was it worth the waiting ? Well you could say they have changed, it sounds different compared to the albums before this one. When you listen to ďNew JerseyĒ and than to ďKeep The FaithĒ, you could really say that youíre jumping from the eighties to the nineties. Bon Jovi has released 27(!) songs while Keep The Faith was released, And then I didnít count the singles. So this will be a list in alphabetical order, thereís a track list down this page.

Bad Medicine
Iíve never liked this song so much eitherÖuntil I heard this version, this is a real good version of this song. When Richie has finished his first solo the song Ďs getting calm and Jon starts to talk to the crowd. You can hear that the crowd is having a real good time. Now Iíve been to a Bon Jovi concert I know that Jon canít really see al the people so you know would have said it if there would have stand only guys at the first row, but who cares ? (8/10)

Bed Of Roses
One of their best ballads to date. Every one in Holland liked this one though again it didnít hit the charts, No 14, but it stayed in the charts for a very long time. This ballad is very powerful with a beautiful guitar solo. But when youíre a guitar player and you can play this solo, and you can also play the solo of ďLiviní On A PrayerĒ, youíll notice that the beginning is a bit the same. When youíre not a guitar player you wonít notice it because the soloís are played on a different guitar. But I like the song and thatís the whole point. (10/10)

Bed Of Roses (Acoustic)
The first time I heard Bon Jovi playing acoustic and I was really surprised that it was that
good. This song is just as good as the original. I think this song has got more emotions as the
original. When I heard this song I didnít get it why they never released a ďBon Jovi, MTV
UnpluggedĒ record, because itís very good. (9/10)

Blame It On The love Of Rock & Roll
Again a beginning with a drum rhythm and later a cowbell, just like ďIíll Sleep When Iím DeadĒ. This is the first time I can hear David playing the piano on this album. Well, letís lay, I can hear him play an important role in the song. Like the title says, this is really a rock & roll song.(10/10)

Blaze Of Glory
The first live song from Bon Jovi where I could hear the crowd sing, It sounds good and the solo is the same as the album version but this time played by Richie. This song is also not so special to put on a live record. The only thing that is special about it is that itís a solo track of Jon. (8/10)

Cama De Rosas
This is nothing but a Spanish version of the song. Iíve asked one time to a Spanish fan if heís
singing it a bit correct, and he told me that Jon should ďpractise a bit more to repeat such an
action. But to me it doesnít sound so bad, though I also think he should keep it to the
English. (7/10)

Dry County
The song with the best guitar solo of all the Bon Jovi songs. Itís also the longest guitar solo
of all the Bon Jovi songs. Iíve got nothing to complain about this song. Itís just good.
This song had also a shorter version but thatís logic because the original version
is 9:52 long and thatís too long for a radio version. But even with the shorter version itís
longer that six minutes. Of course the original is better. (10/10)

Fear
One of the songs thatís not so good but also not bad. I donít like the end I think they could have done without this song though itís not that bad, itís just not as good compared to the rest of the songs (7/10)

I Believe
Great opener for an album where you waited three years for. You really jump into this
album. This song has got an up tempo sound. This is really a song to perform live, for
example at the end when Jon sings : ďWhoo, and that the rest of the band repeats Whoo.
When the band repeats this you just need to sing with them. We all know that this is the
way to let the crowd sing your song. Now the only complaining Iíve got is that the end is to
fast faded away. A year after the release of this album this song came out as a single. This
version was different, but I think the original is better. (10/10)

I Believe (Live)
Well, itís simply said a fantastic song. And they also played it fantastic. Simple but effective
guitar solo, and the chorus is sand excellent. (10/10)

If I Was Your Mother
Now as usual there are always on every album from Bon Jovi a one or two songs they
could have done without. This is one of those songs. This song getís the whole tempo out
of this album. I donít mean that all the songs should be fast, but this song hasnít got the
feeling that I have with the rest of the songs, I donít like this song at all (1/10)

Iíll Be There For You (live)
Iíve never liked this ballad so much though I know a lot of you fans do. Well, what else can I say about this song. Itís got a powerful chorus and good to sing along. They play it very good. Though itís just not one of my favourites. (9/10)

Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
Another song with a fast tempo. I like the drum rhythm with the cowbells and than the guitar and than Jon. Thereís a live version where Jon is singing the first couplet only with the drums. I think they should have done that in the original version. This song didnít really hit the charts in Holland but I think the reason was that they Released ďIn These ArmsĒ before this one and ďIíll Sleep When Iím DeadĒ and ďIn These ArmsĒ are the same sort of song, both with a positive feeling. (9/10)

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Live)
Also one of the better live tracks. Actually you can say that when they kicked of their ďKeep The FaithĒ tour they played almost everything good. (9/10)

In These Arms
The biggest hit in Holland from this album, It became number eight. Which I think is much too low, a top three position would have been much more acceptable. This song is just as positive as ĒIíll Sleep When Iím DeadĒ, maybe even more positive. It begins calm the chorus is wilder than the second couplet is wilder as the first one, than again a wilder chorus, the bridge and than again a real ďfeel good-soloĒ The song is over before you know. This song is just like ďKeep The FaithĒ one of my favourites. (10/10)

In These Arms (live)
Nothing but a live version of the original so not so special. Again the end is longer but thereís nothing special about it. The song is good but not so special to put on a live-record.(8/10)

I Want You
One of the songs they could have done without. I like this song better than ďIf I Was Your
MotherĒ but I still think that they should have put this song on a shelf to make it a b-side.(4/10)

Keep The Faith
This song is my favourite Bon Jovi song, just like ďKeep The FaithĒ is my favourite album.
Because the beginning is perfect, the solo is perfect, Jonís singing perfect andÖetc. This song is really starting calm though it has got an very fast drum rhythm. When Richie is playing his solo you think heís really giving you everything heís got. Itís not one of the best guitarists but this solo has really got a good feeling. After the solo the song is getting calm but not for long, it gets his tempo back and could go on and on. This is also a perfect song to perform live, because everybody sings wit this song ďFaithĒ. The single version has got an shorter solo which I donít get. I think if they had let the solo the same length it would have had just as much airplay as with the short solo. When youíre listen careful you can hear that theyíve cut in it, now I donít care if you cut in a song but than you should do it good. So I think that the original is better that the single version. (10/10)

Keep The Faith (live)
They never play the first notes before the bass loop anymore. Why is that ? This version is
much longer as the original version, but the extra time isnít so special because Richie is just
playing the solo again with some different loops. Now theyíve played this track on a lot of tours the song has changed at the end and I think itís much better now. But this was just the beginning, It was on the first tour to promote the album ďKeep The FaithĒ so itís not so weird that the later live performances of this song are better. (10/10)

Lay Your Hands On Me (live)
Now this is the perfect track to perform live. I like this song very much with itís powerful beginning, where everybody shouts ; ,,HeyĒ !! ,when Tico is banging the drums. Than The
real rhythm starts and the show begins. (10/10)

Little Bit Of Soul
And than, for you American people, the last song on the album. (If you didnít import the
Japanese or European versions.) A calm end for such an wild album. Not that this is a calm
song, but I think that this song never getís on a good tempo. It sounds a bit like a b-side
that wants to be an a-side (7/10)

Never Say Goodbye (Accoustic)
Again a very good accoustic song, I even like this song better than the original. Thereís
nothing more I can say about this song. (9/10)

Save a Prayer
A song with a real negative message. Like ďKeep The FaithĒ this song has also got a conscious message. Itís a weird song because itís not the usual Bon Jovi, I like this song. I donít think they should have put this track on this album because this album has got on most of the tracks a positive feeling and than on the end of this album you hear this song. and it takes away the positive feeling. So you should be in the mood for this song. (9/10)

Starting All Over Again
Now this is something I really donít get. This is one of the best songs theyíve ever made
So why donít make ďIf I Was Your MotherĒ or ďI Want YouĒ a bonus track and put this
track on all the ďKeep The FaithĒ albums because this track could even have been a single.
(10/10)

Tokyo Road (live)
This is the best live version Iíve ever heard of that song. ďTake me back to Tokyo Road
babyĒ ! And then you can hear they really enjoy playing that song. Itís after ďIn And Out Of
LoveĒ my favourite track from ď7800į Fahrenheit. (10/10)

Woman In Love
The only song on the album that they didnít release as a single and that I like. Good fast tempo and a good fast guitar solo, although itís a little one. Again Iíve got nothing to complain about this song. I donít get why a lot of you do. (10/10)

Enhanced CD Video : Keep The Faith (live)
Well, they released this video in 1997,and most of the computers couldnít handle a high resolution, so they decided to do a low resolution so that everyone with a computer could enjoy this video. Well, thatís very nice of the guys. But if you look at those videoís now, itís a very ďuglyĒ screen. But thatís the only disadvantage of this video. Most of you guys know how Bon Jovi is live, so there were no surprises for us. But Iíd rather had a extra song instead of a video. (7/10)

Rating of all songs : 7,5

These are the track lists :

U.S. :

1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul

Rating : 8,2

Europe :

1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul
13. Save A Prayer

Rating : 8,2

Spanish :

1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul
13. Cama De Rosas

Rating : 8,0


Japan :

1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul
13. Save A Prayer
14. Starting All Over Again

Rating : 8,4

U.S. With Bonus :

1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul
Bonus Disc
1. Keep The Faith (Live)
2. In These Arms (Live)
3. I Believe (Live)
4. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Live)
5. Bed Of Roses (Acoustic version)
6. Cama De Rosas
7. Save A Prayer
8. Starting All Over Again

Rating Disc 1 : 8,2
Rating Disc 2 : 9.0

Total Rating 8,6

Europe with Bonus :
1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul
13. Save A Prayer
Bonus Disc : :
1. Keep The Faith (Live)
2. In These Arms (Live)
3. Blaze Of Glory (Live)
4. I'll Be There For You (Live)
5. Lay Your Hands On Me (Live)
6. Bad Medicine (Live)
7. Bed Of Roses (Acoustic)
8. Never Say Goodbye (Acoustic)

Rating Disc 1 : 8,2
Rating Disc 2 : 8,8

Total Rating : 8,5

Japan with bonus disc :

1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul
13. Save A Prayer
14. Starting All Over Again
Bonus disc :
1. Keep The faith (Live)
2. In These Arms (Live)
3. Blaze Of Glory (Live)
4. Lay Your Hands On Me (Live)
5. Tokyo Road (Live)
6. I'll Be There For You (Live)
7. Bed Of Roses (Acoustic)

Rating Disc 1 : 8,4
Rating Disc 2 : 9,1

Total Rating : 8,8


And then the remaster. Yes, there is a better sound, but I donít think itís so much better to give the album a better mark.

The Remaster :

1. I Believe
2. Keep The Faith
3. Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead
4. In These Arms
5. Bed Of Roses
6. If I Was Your Mother
7. Dry County
8. Woman In Love
9. Fear
10. I Want You
11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock And Roll
12. Little Bit Of Soul
13. Video : Keep The Faith

Rating : 8,1

Average rating of all the albums : 8,3

So I think thereís a lot of work for all the people who thought they had all the Keep The Faith albumsÖJÖ

Salaam Aleikum,
Sebastiaan


Rating: 8/10

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