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Old 11-03-2016, 10:29 AM
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The reviewer is a super nice guy and I'm proud to call him a friend, but he has a major axe to grind with Jon especially.

He hasn't been positive about anything they have released since the box set, so this review doesn't surprise me.

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From independent.co.uk 2/5

Bon Jovi, This House Is Not For Sale

★★☆☆ ☆


Download this: Labor Of Love; Come On Up To Our House

Despite the departure of Richie Sambora, things remain pretty much as they were with Bon Jovi thanks to the efficient but unremarkable skills of his replacement Phil X, a much-travelled journeyman guitarist who offers neither innovation nor, more importantly, significant challenge to Jon Bon Jovi’s leadership. Accordingly, the chugging riffs service bloated anthems to notions of integrity, community and hedonism couched in threadbare metaphors in which the sky has grown black, the streets are on fire, and “life ain’t a merry-go-round, it’s a rollercoaster”. Freed momentarily from emulating U2 and Springsteen stylings, X’s best moments come on “Labor Of Love”, a romantic collapse to which he lends a touch of twangsome poignancy. But the comforting simplicities peddled in tracks like “Reunion” and “Knockout” offer the rock equivalent of Donald Trump, currying favour without getting too specific.


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You would think the bare minimum required of a professional reviewer would be to know enough about the subject matter to critique it correctly. Lazy and poor journalism.

Don't like the album? Fine. But it's your job to offer the reader a balanced piece. 2/5 is a 40% score. Only ONE song in the review is "praised".....

I'm used to poor scores with this band (KTF was particularly mauled) but it still irritates when the critic's review is as shallow as their opinion on the album they're bashing!


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Serious question: Has any Bon Jovi album ever been praised by a majority of critics/reviewers upon its release?
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Serious question: Has any Bon Jovi album ever been praised by a majority of critics/reviewers upon its release?
Of course not and I have no idea why some are expecting this trend to turn around all of a sudden, just because the album is liked by fans.

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You would think the bare minimum required of a professional reviewer would be to know enough about the subject matter to critique it correctly. Lazy and poor journalism.

Don't like the album? Fine. But it's your job to offer the reader a balanced piece. 2/5 is a 40% score. Only ONE song in the review is "praised".....

I'm used to poor scores with this band (KTF was particularly mauled) but it still irritates when the critic's review is as shallow as their opinion on the album they're bashing!


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Agreed.

If the reviewer would have done some research he would have realised that not all guitars on the album were played by Phil X!


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Of course not and I have no idea why some are expecting this trend to turn around all of a sudden, just because the album is liked by fans.
Exactly. Remember that Slippery When Wet was reviewed as being a smudgy third-generation copy of Quiet Riot
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Agreed.

If the reviewer would have done some research he would have realised that not all guitars on the album were played by Phil X!


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Exactly.

If an album is deemed rubbish with no redeeming features, mark it so. If you give it 40% tell us why it isn't 20% (1/5)

One good song out of 12? 17? does not represent 2/5.

People on this board have given critical reviews of the new album but have also offered reasoning and praise which reflects in their scoring.
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Exactly. Remember that Slippery When Wet was reviewed as being a smudgy third-generation copy of Quiet Riot


Haha I remember that. EVERY Jovi album has been bashed by critics. Like I've mentioned before, TD got a pummelling in certain magazines.

I forget who, but one journalist did say, had These Days been released by any other band it would have been considered Album Of The Year!


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Hallelujah!!
Finally an extremely positive review.
Cheers.
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment...ack-1.12550934
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Another positive review!

4/5

http://www.music-news.com/review/UK/...Album/Bon-Jovi


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