Bon Jovi Crushes All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not Keep the Faith or Slippery, but still pretty damned good!
When I first heard "It's My Life", I was ecstatic. I thought "finally, someone has released something vaguely reminiscent of classic 80's rock!" Unfortunately, the other album tracks didn't quite give the same impression, but still, I'm quite impressed, and Crush definitely beats These Days. Thankfully, I'm from Australia, so I got BOTH bonus tracks, which to my mind could have been included in place of a couple of others that actually made the final cut, but hey, it's only Americans missing out after all! :)
Okay, now for the track-by-track analyisis.
"It's My Life" - Awesome song with a heavy leaning towards the classic eighties power rock sound. My only gripe is that it doesn't have a guitar solo.
"Say It Isn't So" - One of the lower moments on Crush for me. A bit too 90's pop-rock mush. Unfortunately, it seems as though this will be a single, considering they've already shot a video for it.
"Thank You for Loving Me" - 10/10. That's all I need to say.
"Two Story Town" - Does anyone else think this song sounds very much like "Save Tonight" by Eagle Eye Cherry? Not that that's a bad thing. Still, this song fails top really excite me, though I've probably had this one stuck in my head more often than any of the other songs.
"Next One Hundred Years" - Just your average rock song until it gets to the awesome guitar solo at the end. After "It's My Life", I was glad to have my faith in Richie as a bloody good guitarist restored!
"Just Older" - I can't give this one 10, because "Thank You for Loving Me" is my clear favourite on this album, but it still absolutely rocks! I hope they release this as a single, so I can be guaranteed to hear it live. The only slight problem is that the song seems to end prematurely.
"Mystery Train" - Middle of the road sort of song. Much better than some songs on Crush, but not a standout either.
"Save the World" - Similar to "Mystery Train", a pretty good song, but still doesn't grab me the same way as "Thank You" and "Older".
"Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars" - Still trying to figure out what that title's supposed to mean! Gets my vote for silly song title of the year. The song itself rocks though. Same sort of feel as "Just Older".
"She's a Mystery" - Great song if you're having trouble falling asleep. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to catch myself in the right mood to listen to this one yet.
"I Got the Girl" - Your typical 90's style Bon Jovi rocker. Didn't like it at first, but it's strating to grow on me.
"One Wild Night" - This song rocks hard! The sort of song I've been waiting for since "Keep the Faith". A great relief after the worrying induced by "Destination Anywhere" and the song off the Armageddon soundtrack.
"I Could Make a Living out of Loving You" - A throwback to "Keep the Faith". I could easily see this one fitting right alongside "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" and "Blame it on the Love of Rock and Roll". Quite simply, it rocks and should have been on the album propper.
"Neurotica" - Another hard rocker which should have been on the album propper in place of a couple of other songs.
Okay, so I originally gave the album as a whole 9/10, and my calculator tells me the average song rating is 7.99/10. I think the disrepency must stem from the fact that "It's My Life", "Thank You for Loving Me" and "Just Older" are such stand out tracks, they outweigh the influence of the lesser songs on the album. Or it could just be that it's a Bon Jovi album and is therefore by definition damn good! :)Can't wait till they come to Australia at the end of the year (incidently, no Australian I know of ever calls it "Down Under").