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Released: Nov 16, 2004
Styles: Hard Rock, Pop/Rock, Hair Metal, Pop-Metal, Arena Rock, Heavy Metal, Album Rock
Number Of Tracks: 50
It's the rare set that enhances a band's reputation, since it reveals that there was more to the band than what was readily apparent on the surface, and that makes 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong an excellent way to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary.
100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong
Perpetual Burn, on april 03, 2008 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong is a collection of previously unreleased demos and B-sides, it was released to celebrate Bon Jovi's Twentieth anniversary and the milestone of the band selling 100,000,000 albums worldwide. The album concept is basically a rip off of Elvis Presley's 1959 album 50 Million Elvis Presley Fans Can't Be Wrong, down to the gold suits the band wear on the cover. Although Bon Jovi will always be known for their massive chart topping hits, this box set does give listeners insight into the overall talent of the former hair metal band. I'm not a huge fan of Bon Jovi but I can admit that the box set is a decent compilation of the different phases of sound that Bon Jovi went through from the '80s to the '90s. However, the band does lose a bit of it's former energetic edge as it touches upon '90s territory. The set does include an overdose of ballads, so the non fan may find the box set a painful listen. // 7
Lyrics: Since Bon Jovi's songs are mainly written by Jon Bon Jovi himself, or Desmond Child, the lyrics still tend to sway to a more 80's sense of feel. Desmond Child is the person who helped the band write such radio friendly hits such as 'Livin on a Prayer', 'You Give Love a Bad Name', and 'Bad Medicine.' The lyrics are heartfelt but tend to seem monotonous after the 20th song about love lost. Jon Bon Jovi is a terrific singer and his voice is the main drive on Bon Jovi's power ballads. // 7
Overall Impression: This box set is definitely what sets Bon Jovi apart from most other hair metal acts of the '80s such as Poison or Cinderella. It shows a more diverse side of the band, with highlights such as the acoustic 'Nobody's Hero' and 'Radio Saved My Life Tonight.' However, it does fail to reach non fans in terms of delivery as they will be pummeling through song after song, looking for something golden. Crossroads, Slippery When Wet, or Keep The Faith are ideal starting albums for the non fan. This box set does capture Bon Jovi in their most vibrant moments, so it would be considered holy grail for many Bon Jovi fans. The impression of the album can be summed up with a Bon Jovi quote. Bon Jovi was once asked 'how do they define their music', to which they replied, "three minutes of optimism". // 8
100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong
younggunforlife, on march 29, 2005 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: A huge collection of previously unreleased tracks including studio tracks, demos, solo work and movie soundtracks. The sound is very similar to everything else they have done previously, post 'New Jersey.' The songs on this record range from heavy riffed stadium anthems such as "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White" all the way to the very slow and sentimental "Maybe Someday." True Bon Jovi. // 10
Lyrics: In my opinion you cannot doubt the songwriting talents of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It's hard to believe that all the songs on this album are ones that didnt make the studio albums. The lyrics in every song seem to have a meaning that the listener can relate to in some way, as well as an underlying theme. There is that sense of unity and optimism for which Bon Jovi songs are famous, running through every song. The lyrics in the songs deal with everything from heartbreak and hurt through to stories of times gone by, via everything in between. // 10
Overall Impression: 20 years on from the first album 'Bon Jovi' and they still keep getting better. Why the songs on this record never made it onto the studio albums is a question only the band can answer. Compared to the other Bon Jovi albums this is right up there with 'Keep The Faith' and 'Slippery When Wet' in terms of deep and meaningful lyrics, musicianship, and diversity of songs. Songs that stand out include 'Why Aren't You Dead?', a fun, tongue-in-cheek song of similar style to 'You Give Love A Bad Name.' Another is 'Lonely At The Top' which deals with the death of Kurt Cobain. The song is written in the form of a letter to Cobain's daughter in which Jon says sorry for Cobain not being there for her.
The true gem of the record in my opinion is Nobody's Hero, an acoustic track with Jon and Richie both on vocals. At the end of this song is a demo for Livin' On A Prayer which gives you an insight into the foundations of one of the most recognisable songs in the world. If I had any criticisms of this record then I would say that some of the subject matter is perhaps given too much attention and is repeated in a few songs, but what do you expect when one of the biggest bands in the world releases a box set containing 50 previously unreleased songs! This boxset is something I will keep until my dying day. If you like any of Bon Jovi's previous offerings then I would definitely recommend this record. It is the story so far for one of the most successful bands in existence, and marks the milestone of 100,000,000 albums sold, and also marks the beginning of hopefully another 20 successful years. If you like any of Bon Jovi's previous offerings then I would definitely recommend this record. // 10