Reviewed by Chris Eagle
Bon Jovi’s thirteenth studio album Burning Bridges was released on August 21st through Mercury Records. So, just for shits and giggles, I previewed the 80’s pop metal master’s latest attempt at redemption. In my not surprised, humble opinion, redemption is not found. Bon Jovi, the band, is down two original players – bassist Alec Jon Such departed years ago among dubious circumstances and most recently, guitarist Richie Sambora finally had enough. So the band’s original recipe has been denigrated to the “new Coke” sound of a once proud rock group. The musicianship is fine. They are good musicians, as has always been the case, but it’s Mr. John Bongiovi’s cheesy, cliched lyrics and sometimes childish sounding tunes that leave one cringing and feeling almost ashamed to be listening. It’s a re-hash of typical Bon Jovi material – gushy love, I’ll be your man, rah-rah we don’t back down kind of crap that has permeated the band’s aura for 30 years with little or no variety. Now – 30 years ago – it fit. But with age, generally comes wisdom and creativity, which apparently escapes the intellect of Mr. Bongiovi. He still seems to write like a 16 year-old boy – songs of love-related angst, go ‘Merika style diatribes – using typical lyrical lines regurgitated from albums past that make one realize that while this band was on top of the world in the mid-late 1980’s, their brilliance had shown brightly and quickly died there. While Jon will certainly not reel from poor album sales – and lucky for him – my personal opinion is to forego spending a cent of the $11.99 iTunes price for this album and instead, maybe listen to your old Bon Jovi tunes as they will be far more satisfying than this monstrosity.