The Albany Herald article
|Bon Jovi just keeps getting better
With its latest album, “Lost Highway,” the members of Bon Jovi prove they don’t need directions when traveling their well-worn road to success.
The recently released Mercury Nashville project has a definitive country music feel that might surprise purists of the big hair ’80s era. But it’s actually a natural evolution that showcases Bon Jovi’s longevity, maturity and ability to touch a wide audience.
For starters, the album’s debut single, “(You Want to) Make a Memory,” is a tender ballad that completely sidestepped the country music genre and instead broke into Billboard’s Pop, Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts.
But that’s not the project’s only track that offers a morsel of the hit-making Jersey band’s softer side. “Lost Highway’s” other enjoyable ballads include “Seat Next to You” and “Stranger,” a tune that features a duet with country music great LeAnn Rimes.
Even with a trio of slow love songs, it’s the album’s faster paced title track that sets the tone for the “Lost Highway.” And with a combination of carefree lyrics and tempo, that theme is pure fun.
It’s a theme that continues with tunes that could easily serve as Bon Jovi-laced anthems. One example is the aptly named “Summertime.” The upbeat ditty is an ideal anthem for hot, sunny days with a sound that’s bound to be a favorite at live shows.
But the anthems don’t end there. With their final track, “I Love This Town,” Bon Jovi’s infectious homage to hometown pride is sure to top the charts if released as a single.
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