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Album Review

From the opening track, "Runaway," which rode to glory on E Street Band-mate Roy Bittan's distinctive keyboard riff, to the sweaty arena rock of "Get Ready," which closed the album, Bon Jovi's debut is an often-overlooked minor gem from the early days of hair metal. The songs may be simple and the writing prone to all clichés of the form, but the album boasts a pretty consistent hard rock attack, passionate playing, and a keen sense of melody. The prominence that keyboardist David Bryan (credited as David Rashbaum in the liner notes) gets on this record is an indicator, perhaps, that Bon Jovi had more than a passing interest in the pop market, which was then dominated by new wave and synth pop. Mixing Journey-like '70s rock ("She Don't Know Me") with shout-along stadium anthems ("Love Lies"), the self-titled Bon Jovi lay the foundation for the band's career, which reached its apex several years later with that very same combination of pop melody and arena-sized amibiton.

Customer Reviews

Truly Epic

I've had this cassete since I was 4 years old. I often mix John's voice with the lead singer of the group Blue Tears as they are identical in timbre. This album is one of the many rock music of the time to be stuck on my playlist when I work, brings back a lot of childhood memories.

The best

This is my favorite bon jovi album, I recommend it. When he was younger he sang his heart out. I love Bon jovi!

The hair metal days!

I love Bon Jovi in the hair metal days. Hair metal is my favorite genre of music. The 80s was when Bon jovis period of going faster and more all out (this excludes dry county 😀) solos. Richie used more natural harmonics back in the day. As for the songs on here I love all of em. The classic metal sound is amazing. Love it.

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 slowly...
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