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Bon Jovi Album: “Crush [Import Bonus CD]”

Bon Jovi Album: “Crush [Import Bonus CD]”
Album Information :
Title: Crush [Import Bonus CD]
Release Date:2001-07-31
Genre:Rock, Classic Rock, Mainstream Rock
Explicit Lyrics:Yes
Customers Rating :
Average (4.2) :(284 votes)
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2 - 17 Thank You for Loving Me [Karaoke Version]
Kristine Criscione (Beaverton, OR USA) - June 28, 2000
48 of 53 people found the following review helpful:
- Bon Jovi is Back!

The five year wait is over! Bon Jovi are back and better than ever with new album, "Crush"! If you're a die-hard fan you'll love it and even if you're not, you may be pleasantly surprised. It's classic Jovi at their finest. Starting with "It's My Life" and updated version of "Livin' On a Prayer" for the new millenium, will get your feet moving and if you aren't singing along by the second chorus, there's something wrong with you!Their ballad, "Thank You for Loving Me" will be the next wedding song for many years to come and with songs like "Save the World" or "Mystery Train", Jon and Richie's harmonies are in top form.They've experimented with new songs,like the humerous, "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars" or the visual of "Two Story Town", but to great effect. Bon Jovi fans won't be disappointed. This is the album we've been waiting for. I can't stop listening to it! Thanks,guys for the great album! We love you and are glad you're back for the Next 100 years!

Ockham's Razor (Ohio, USA) - June 20, 2000
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
- It's Still Bon Jovi...Just Modernized. Good Album.

This could almost be hailed a come-back album for the BonJoviboys after their almost 6-year hiatus and the mixed results ofKeep The Faith and These Days. Don't be fooled: Bon Jovi is still in fine form with gutsy yet smooth arena rock, feel-good anthems, flawless production values, gritty blue-collar (albeit sometimes clichéd) lyrics and Jon's vocal sincerity (no matter what he sings, he makes you want to believe it)... It's tried-and-true Bon Jovi... And folks...that's GOOD. New Jersey was twelve years or so ago. Any artist has to grow, evolve and mature... What makes Bon Jovi worthy of being recognized is his/their longevity. They manage to remain relevant, fresh and contemporary without losing the core that makes them Bon Jovi in the first place. And they've pulled that off exceptionally well on Crush. There's certainly enough catchy songwriting and addictive hooks and melodic ideas here to keep your head (and foot) busy for a long time. The patented melodicism and sing-along style is still here in full force. I do think there's more depth and substance on this album than the balance of their work. The songs reflect a wider gamut of emotions and interpretation...and there's more variety here in terms of instrumentation, rhythms and arrangements. It's not "New Jersey", but it's close to being just as strong on its own merits.

The modern rock influences do Bon Jovi good...they've gone beyond the typical arena-rock, anthemic formulas (check out "Say It Isn't So", "Captain Crash" and "Two Story Town"). But the groove and catchiness and memorability are still there...check out "It's My Life", "Next 100 Years", and "Just Older" (in my opinion 3 of the strongest songs on the album). Better, more aggressive work from Tico Torres on drums, more colors and arrangements from David on keyboards, and more versatility from Jon. They've found a good balance here between staying fresh yet true to their roots.

My only gripes: Ritchie Sambora, while paying more attention to arrangement, and musicality than flashy licks, is nevertheless too restrained on this album. There are places on "Crush" where Ritchie's blues-influenced lead work and musical phrasing would have been much-welcomed. It would have been nice to hear a more aggressive guitar. When he does step it up, he delivers.

And while Jon has improved, there are still clichéd, recycled themes and lyrics here. "Thank You For Loving Me and Two Story Town" come to mind....and to a lesser extent "Save The World", though it's a beautiful ballad and to me, even better than "Thank You...But all around a strong album that shows the rock greatness of Bon Jovi. Good stuff. END

"butyquenfrmmrs" (Hollywood, CA) - June 20, 2000
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
- Score!

It's the one we've been waiting for! 'Crush' shows everyone (believers and non-believers) that the boys still have what it takes to kick butt! Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres are (thank goodness) not ready to throw in the towel yet. Musically and lyrically, I feel it this the best album the band has ever released. Their newfound maturity shows through in every song. The opener, "It's My Life", brings back the classic Bon Jovi sound and Richie's signature work on the talk box. The shift then changes to the rocker "Say It Isn't So", which speaks of keeping ones dreams in sight. The call-and-answer chorus is reminiscent of the Beatles era, giving the guys a strong base to work off of. Track three, "Thank You For Loving Me", is the anthem for the hopeless romantic. It tells of honesty, faithfullness, and devotion. "Two Story Town" explores the ups and downs of small-town life. The uplifting final lyric shines some hope into the future. "Next 100 Years" again carries the stroyline of a devoted lover. In "Just Older" Jon sings of his happiness with his life and his position in it. "Mystery Train" is a fantastic ballad about how the love between two people can lead them in unexpected directions and new territories. "Save The World" is another beautiful ballad about how someone's love can inspire the biggest changes in life. My personal favorite, "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars", tells the story of a young couple who doesn't let society's acceptance stand in their way. A real tear-jerker, "She's A Mystery" delves into the passion of love that can immerse someone so deeply that even they aren't sure of everything. "I Got The Girl" is a very inspiring song, written by Jon, about the love he feels for his five-year-daughter. The hardest-rocking song on the album, "One Wild Night" is all about having fun, something the boys in Bon Jovi know a lot about. 'Crush' is definitely a top-of-the-line album and a must-have for any true classic-rock-with-a-hint-of-metal-bombast-power-pop fan!

Bruno Baker (Terrebonne, Canada) - June 19, 2000
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
- Great come back

This review is for the Australian Limited Collector's Edition of Crush. As for the Japanese version, it contains two songs more than the US version, I Could Make A Living Out Of Lovin' You and Neurotica. By the way, the International version does contain I Could Make A Living Out Of Lovin' You but not Neurotica. So, now the review... This is without a doubt a great comeback! If you loved the 80's rock sound, you'll love this CD! After two years of solos the guys really came back hard. You can feel the new sound of Jon's voice mixing with the mood and music of their solos and with the background of the 80's. This is a really good album. However, don't think that it's a replica of Slippery or New Jersey but it definatly got the FEEL! Again, GREAT CD!

saint "saint" (Lincoln Park, NJ United States) - August 03, 2001
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
- Thank God it's still Bon Jovi

You know, I keep seeing reviews from this album from people who openly admit they haven't bought it, or even heard it. They feel bold as brass by giving it a one-star rating and trying to dismiss the band as a big-hair 80s group that should've faded into oblivion long before we reached the new millennium. But I've wasted enough words on those reviewers. Let's talk CRUSH.

Without a doubt, this is the greatest album that Bon Jovi has ever put out. I'm 19, which makes a lot of people dismiss my opinion because I wasn't "there" for 7800, SLIPPERY WHEN WET and the other early hits. But I do own the majority of the group's albums, have been listening to them for what seems like forever and have loved just about all they've put out. So I like to think I know what I'm talking about.

CRUSH doesn't have the anthemic, impotent, hollow sounds of most of today's rock bands. Tracks like "I Got the Girl" and "She's a Mystery" are weak, but they still mean something, which is more than you can say for all of the teenybopping, no-talent [stuff] that's clouding the radio these days. The high points on the album are very high. It's hardly a Bon Jovi album without the ballads, and the ones on CRUSH are particularly good. Jon Bon Jovi's stregnths as a songwriter are particularly poigniant on "Save the World" and "Next 100 Years," but the most beautiful of them all is "Thank You For Loving Me," which is one of the best songs the group has ever come up with.

Naturally, the infectious (in a good way) "It's My Life" steals all the headlines with its heavy origins in "Livin' on a Prayer." The uplifting song about living to the fullest and seizing the day sets the mood for all of the fast rock songs on the album (not to mention the album's production itself), especially "Just Older" and "Two Story Town." "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars" is pure fun, and "Say It Isn't So" is a higher-tech version of your typical Bon Jovi song. "One Wild Night" is a great closing song, not to mention an awesome name for a tour, but the lenghty introduction to it could be done without.

All told, CRUSH is one of the most spectacular albums of 2000. Music today is both pitiful and pricey, and while you may pay the same amount of money for CRUSH that you will for anything else, the experience of the latest album is second to none. You will not be disappointed.

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