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"Slippery When Wet" Review 14 April 2003
The biggest record in 80's rock

Absolutely amazing

A review by Chris

One of the tightest records in history, because it has the two best songs of all time - Livin' on a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name. This is a great album that made history when it first came out. I don't think that it's the greatest Bon Jovi record of all time, but it is certainly one of the best. While almost every song is a classic, there are a couple that are clunkers compared to the others.

1. Let it Rock - A magnificent organ intro followed by a shout-it-out chorus that is perfect for the arena. Certainly a magnificent start to a great album, although not as good as It's My Life or Lay Your Hands on Me. (8.5/10)

2. You Give Love a Bad Name - An absolute classic. Great guitar work by Richie and a chorus that you MUST sing along to. Doesn't have a story with it, but just has that infectious quality that makes it absolutely perfect. (11/10)

3. Livin' on a Prayer - WOW. Three songs in a row that keep your heart pumping. The Tommy-Gina story appeals to everyone, but what makes this song the best ever are the sky high "WHOOAAA's" that are even more irresistible than "SHOT THROUGH THE HEART!" if that's possible. This is not the "It's My Life" of the 80's, because It's My Life doesn't hold a candle to Prayer. (11/10)

4. Social Disease - Funny in the intro, but certainly the weakest song on the album. It's not my least favorite though. It doesn't have that greatness that the classics have. (7/10)

5. Wanted Dead or Alive - The signature Bon Jovi song. It's a classic because it's perfect to sing along to. The cowboy theme is unique and they don't make it too corny. One of the alltime greats. (10/10)

6. Raise Your Hands - It has all of the elements to be a great arena rocker. It's got the crowd pleasing simplicity and the catchy chorus. Still, it doesn't have the magic that Prayer and Bad Name have. Great song still. (8/10)

7. Without Love - As far as I'm concerned, this is the worst song on both Slippery and New Jersey combined. It's pure garbage for Slippery's standards. It's the song to skip on this album. Horrible. (5/10)

8. I'd Die For You - There we go. Even though the keyboard intro is a pure knockoff of Runaway, they pull it off with one of their lesser-known gems. An absolutely irresistible song from beginning to end that packs the energy wallop of 2 songs. Good stuff. (9.5/10)

9. Never Say Goodbye - I would say that this is one of the best Bon Jovi love ballads, except for the fact that it's not as good as Wild is the Wind, Always, or Bed of Roses. Still, there are some memorable lines and a great chorus. (9/10)

10. Wild in the Streets - A perfect ending to this album. This is a pump-your-fist rocker that is very nostalgic. Like I'd Die For You, this is another amazing song that nobody knows about. (10/10)

Most of the songs are great, but there are a couple that hold it back from being the greatest Bon Jovi record of all time. Having said that, tracks 2, 3, and 5 make this one that everybody should have, because they define the band. Great work and a timeless classic.

Rating: 10/10

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