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"Crush" Review 29 May 2000
"Saving the World" Once Again!

A review by Pete Nowak /

As you all know already, the new Bon Jovi album, Crush, comes out in the U.S. in just over 2 weeks. For the more fortunate people the don't live here, you probably already have your copy. But for devoted fans like myself and others who have to wait, Napster has become my best friend once again. I got the "It's My Life" single in April. I finally got the entire album (17 songs in total) off Napster recently. I must say that this is Bon Jovi's finest work yet. I have read the reviews and as I can tell most of you agree.

I had to listen to some of these songs a couple of times before I could really get into them. Songs like "Say It Isn't So" and "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars" took some time, but became instant classics to me.

"It's My Life" was a good choice to release as the first single. It's got everything a hit song needs, and with Bon Jovi singing it, it will no doubt be a hit in the world as many recent charts has shown. I like how Richie brought back the talk box in this, and as always how this like every Bon Jovi song has some defintion and meaning behind it. It definetely makes for better listening to some of these songs out there today that still try to say how much the world sucks and is so depressing like "grunge" tried to do a couple of years ago. Grunge died out...Bon Jovi is still around.

"Thank You For Loving Me" will be an instant radio classic. I hope that it will be as big as "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. This song truly has potential of becoming a bigger hit than "Always".

"Next 100 Years" is also a great song. Although when I heard it had this huge orchestra and Richie played a 2 minute long guitar solo, I was expecting a 2000 version of "Blood on Blood" and "Always" wrapped into one. However, I think the guitar solo would have been better in the middle of the song instead of at the end, but it's still a great song and one of my favorites.

"Save the World" is kinda like "I Want You" from Keep the Faith. It is such a good song, but will probably never be released as a single. It's emotional and heartfelt. Richie does a wonderful job playing guitar on this one as does Jon singing. The beginning is a little different though and doesn't really fit the song.

"Just Older" and "Mystery Train" are also catchy songs that will be stuck in your head for quite some time.

"She's a Mystery" has gotten such good reviews, but I guess I haven't listened to it that much to really get into it. It's a good song, don't get me wrong, but it, I don't feel, fits Bon Jovi classics.

"One Wild Night" and "I Got the Girl" are the kinds of songs, like "It's My Life" that you will blare in your car on a hot summer afternoon with your windows rolled down at full blast driving down the highway. They're summer songs and came at a good time.

"Two Story Town" is an OK song. I like it, but not as much as the others. I feel that on the U.S. version, this song and "She's a Mystery" should have been taken off for "Neurotica" and "Hard to Make a Living Loving You". These two songs are way better and deserve to be recognized as instant hits. If you haven't heard them yet, I advise
that you do, cause they are two of the best Bon Jovi songs ever!

This new cd is worth the $15 that it will be going for. But for all you hardcore fans, I would recommend you pay the extra couple of bucks and get the import if you live in
the U.S.. Believe me, it's worth it!

Rating: 10/10

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