"Bon Jovi moves forward with a step back into the optimism of the past"
|St. Louis Pre-Show Article in "The Post-Dispatch"
If the latest Bon Jovi CD "Crush" seems like a return to the feel-good anthems that typified the band's hit albums of the 1980s, like "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey," that isn't an illusion.
Having found mass success with such arena-ready pop-metal songs as "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Runaway" and "Livin' On A Prayer," the group shifted away from that formula during the 1990s.
The 1992 CD "Keep The Faith" showcased a rougher sound, while the 1995 release "These Days" took the group in a dark, introspective direction. Group leader and singer Jon Bon Jovi also released a 1997 solo CD, "Destination Anywhere," that was stripped-down, gritty and personal.
"What I went in to do with this record ('Crush') was to have an upbeat sense of optimism, because I saw it in the world around me and I saw it in the faces of the guys in the band," Bon Jovi said.
Owning up to his talent for writing lighter, radio-ready anthems, he said, "Throughout the '90s I ran away from that, not because I didn't like it, but because I guess it was time for me as a person, as a man, to grow."
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