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"Slippery When Wet" Review 8 October 2000
Caution: Slippery When Wet

A review by Trisha /

Caution: Slippery When Wet

Slippery When Wet: the album that made Bon Jovi a household name. Forever frozen in time as the beginning of the Bon Jovi era, an era that continues to this day.

“Let It Rock/Pink Flamingos” – Correct me if I’m wrong, but David Bryan’s keyboard solo is the “Pink Flamingos” that I’ve heard about. It is kind of nice for the David fan to hear him have a solo that lasts almost a minute before “Let It Rock” begins. “Let It Rock” is a fun rock song that also has “cameos” by Captain Kidd and the King of Swing. This is actually one of my favorite Bon Jovi songs. 10/10

“You Give Love A Bad Name” – Ah, yes. There is nothing like “Bad Name”, Bon Jovi’s first Number One song. (Random Tidbit – it went to Number One on my birthday, 11/29) The video is a classic, showing the guys in a goofy concert mode. What bad thing is there to say about this song? 10/10

“Livin’ On A Prayer” – Arguably, the band’s best song. If not their best, certainly the one they’re most well known for. We are introduced to Tommy and Gina, characters that will make appearances more times later on. For me, one of the best things about the song is Richie’s talk box. You can’t go wrong with the talk box. 10/10

“Social Disease” – I think I speak for all women when I say that the groaning in the beginning of the song is not necessary, but I’m sure all the male fans enjoyed it. Overall the song is good, but it is not up to par with the quality of some of the other songs on the album. There’s something about Richie’s guitar that I enjoy in this song. 8/10

“Wanted Dead Or Alive” – Jon’s a cowboy, on a steel horse he rides. This song is real good, definitely a superior song on the album. Slow yet powerful. Most certainly an anthem for the guys, especially seeing as they have this fascination with all things western. This is a great song to sing along to live. 10/10

“Raise Your Hands” – Like “Social Disease,” this song doesn’t have the power or “oomph” like some of the other songs on the album. Again, not a bad song, per say, but not of single quality. I like the references to all the places. 8/10

“Without Love” – I love this song. No particular reason why, I just do. The chorus reminds me of the theme to “Growing Pains” and maybe that’s why. It’s a simple song but the “pizza parlor jury” seemed to like it too. Good choice, I’m very glad it was included on the album. 10/10

“I’d Die For You” – They like this phrase a lot. I like this song too; it kind of just goes along with “Without Love.” I can’t explain why, I just feel the need to hear one if I hear the other. Those two are songs that I would really like to hear live, but they have no reason to play it anymore. 10/10

“Never Say Goodbye” – One of the best Bon Jovi songs ever. When they end their shows on this song…nearly brings a tear to my eye *sniffs* I don’t really know what I could even criticize. Such a slow and fun song to sing along to. Should have been included on Cross Road, in my (once again) biased opinion. 10/10

“Wild In The Streets” – This is another one of those songs that you don’t dislike at all, but you’re never compelled to put on cause you had the urge (kind of like “Stick To Your Guns,” which is ironically, playing on my stereo now) I would like to see this one in concert too, because it’s such a fun song. 8/10

Rating: 10/10

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