"Bon Jovi goes for the brighter touch"
|Pre-show Article in Philly's The Inquirer
Jon Bon Jovi's gone Hollywood by way of New Jersey.
His stellar performances in Pay It Forward and U-571 show a flair for cool emotional display, an attitude similar to that which he's put into Crush (Island), his first effort with drummer Tico Torres and guitarist Richie Sambora since 1995's These Days.
"Acting's made me a more concise storyteller," he chuckles under his breath from his New Jersey home. "I can create full characters rather than just set forth imagery for imagery's sake." And for all of rock's bloodthirsty nature, he insists that the music business is less cutthroat. "Rock is much harder to do than making movies. The commitment is deeper."
His is not "rawk," as often thought. Instead, Bon Jovi's a proud (previously blue-collar) singer of anthemic pop-song flush, with grandly roaring guitars - hook-filled, working-man, sugarcoated metal classics such as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." "They were milestones in my life," Bon Jovi says of his million-selling hits.
But those songs merely inform the sleek (and all New Jersey-recorded - a first) Crush's softer touch. Bon Jovi intended the album as an upbeat, optimistic, highly charged effort with warm tones and sprightly electronic touches, with songs he feels he can sing forever.
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