New Music Review
Bon Jovi – This House Is Not for Sale
By Andy Upton
Caught up in all of the holiday excitement of the past few months, we here at Music Blend Online forgot to release our review of Bon Jovi’s latest album, This House Is Not for Sale. Not slowing down after thirty years in the business, Jon Bon Jovi and his band have managed to put out another excellent effort.
While this is the first post-Richie Sambora album, we do not feel like his absence has any effect on the quality of this new release. The title-track kicks it off with an almost defiant, angry tone that makes one wonder if it was a slight (or statement) against something or someone. “Living With the Ghost” follows that question up with an almost reserved, quiet reminiscence that suggests it’s time to move on. There are plenty of upbeat, anthemic songs (“Knockout”, “Born Again Tomorrow” and “Reunion”) on this disc as well as a few that almost make you wonder if they are turning into a Christian band (“New Year’s Day” and “God Bless This Mess”).
Bon Jovi, however; will always first and foremost be an arena rock band that creates powerful music to go along with powerful lyrics. This is very evident on the songs “Roller Coaster”, “The Devil in the Temple” and the album closing “Come on up to Our House”. Never one to pass up on a good, meaningful slow song, Jon and the boys have created a few new masterpieces to add to that category: “Labor of Love” and “Scars on This Guitar”.
“This House Is Not for Sale” thrives on great production from John Shanks and great musicianship from long time members David Bryan on keyboards/piano and Tico Torres on drums as well as fine new additions Hugh McDonald on bass and Phil X on lead guitar. Bon Jovi shows no signs of slowing down and their latest album is proof that they still have what it takes to put out a meaningful collection of fantastic songs.