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"Crush" Review 8 December 2000

A review by Giovanni /

What do Elvis, The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Janis Joplin all have in common except for being musical innovators that influnce generations of recording artists? They all could not survive the test of time. While critics state that Bon Jovi, especially Jon, will never be able to create innovative music as mention to artists above, it is important to remember Bon Jovi is what rock 'n' roll is suppossed to be "ENTERTAINMENT". Rock 'n' roll was never created for political, social, or religious concerns (But that is not to say that I do not enjoy the music of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, or Neil Young) rock was and always will be about positive music that provides escapism from reality for just a few moments. The greatest achievment of Bon Jovi that seperates them from every single band ever to exist, is their ability to remain decent individuals and to survive the test of time unlike many of music's great icons.
While critics will never come out of the closet and admit Jon Bon Jovi's songwritting is admirable and creative, it is important to keep in mind that Bon Jovi will always be capable of competing/kicking ass/remaining on top against any musical trend.

Bon Jovi represents what life is all about. It is about adapting to change, being true to who you are, and not following trends and fashion. Bon Jovi demonstrates life is about the long haul, not being a fade for several years and then commit self-destruction through drugs or not being able to adapt to change. I am not naive enough to say that all musical innovators are destined for self-destruction, but isn't funny that most critics adore the music of artists who conquer the world for a specific period of time but who are never able to substain the test of time like ordinary human beings (except for Neil Young and Bob Dylan). Not to say that record sales indicate a artisit's ranking among musical groups, (otherwise Mariah Carey will be considered a greater musician then John Lennon) but Bon Jovi has sold close to 90 million worldwide over a period of time through different musical climates at an increasing rate. From "Slippery When Wet" to "These Days", and from "Bad Medicine" to "The Next 100 Years" Bon Jovi is quite simply a legend in the making.

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