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This Left Feels Right (2003 Recordings)

Bon Jovi

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Album Review

God knows why Bon Jovi felt the need to recut its best songs in an adult alternative style with Patrick Leonard as the producer. In the thorough liner notes — presented as an interview between Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora — by the suddenly ubiquitous David Wild, Jon claims that the roots of the album derive from a Japanese show he recorded where the intent was to release live, acoustic versions of the band's standards. Alas, the recordings weren't up to snuff, so the band reentered the studio and cut versions that have more overdubs than the original releases. To its credit, the band sounds committed to this rather bizarre project, an endeavor so unconnected to reality that actress Olivia d'Abo — best known for either her role on The Wonder Years or her lead in the brilliant '90s indie film Kicking and Screaming, depending on your viewpoint — provides counterpoint vocals to "Living on a Prayer," while "Bad Medicine" boasts breathy, echoed vocals that suggest it was conceived as a reflective affair, not as a dumb hard rock song. This holds true throughout the album, and while the arrangements are relatively interesting, they're rarely improvements on the originals and rarely rise above the level of novelties. And while longtime fans may find it worthwhile on that level, it doesn't offer proof that the band's songs are resilient enough to withstand new arrangements, nor does it shed new light on Bon Jovi or prove that the group is maturing gracefully. And all of that is really too bad, because the songs have stood the test of time, sounding better in their original incarnations than they did upon release, plus the group was moving in the right direction with its last album, adjusting to the sound and feel of middle-aged maturity seemingly effortlessly. This, however, sounds simultaneously safe and hazy; it's the sound of a band that's earned the right to indulge itself and has followed that inclination here.

Customer Reviews

Disappointing.

Having been a Bon Jovi fan for years I thought there might be some previously unreleased gem hiding on this album but no! Nothing particularly special and over all disappointing.

AWFUL!!!

How can they call this an album? They took classics and murdered them. They don't try and keep the songs at the same place with the acoustic, but change the entire rhythm and tune. Very poor effort

Back to basics

I never used to listen to this album but recently I have discovered how amazing it actually is. It takes all of there greatest hits and strips them right down to the basics and puts a new curve on them. I think this is a must for any Bon jovi fan as it is a fresh way to hear all your favourite tunes. Also warning they get stuck in your head very easily my personal favourites are Born to be my Baby and It's my Life. Enjoy

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Sayreville, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After ushering in the era of pop-metal with their 1986 blockbuster Slippery When Wet and its hit singles "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Living on a Prayer," Bon Jovi wound up transcending the big-haired '80s, withstanding changes in style and sound to become one of the biggest American rock bands of their time — selling over 120 million albums worldwide and sustaining their popularity well into the new millennium. As the times changed, so did the band's sound. They...
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