7800 Fahrenheit Review

artist: Bon Jovi date: 06/12/2007 category: compact discs
Bon Jovi: 7800 Fahrenheit
Released: Apr 1985
Label: Mercury
Genre: Rock
Styles: Hard Rock, Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hair Metal, Album Rock, Pop-Metal, Arena Rock
Number Of Tracks: 10
It tempered its black-leather rock & roll with a rudimentary form of the sound that would make Bon Jovi superstars.
 Sound: 7.5
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 7
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overall: 7.3
7800 Fahrenheit Reviewed by: unregistered, on september 07, 2005
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Sound: This is probably one of Bon Jovi's lesser known works and, in truth, it's in some ways easy to see why this wasn't the album that broke Bon Jovi into the big time. The sound is often simmillar to the 1986 follow up Slippery When Wet, though shows a much more raw and unrefined talent. Pulsing keyboards, soaring solos and the usual strong vocals can all be heard here, as you would expect on any Bon Jovi release. Obviously, this collection does sound very '80s, a far cry from the arena rock of 1992's Keep The Faith. // 8

Lyrics: The question of whether Jon Bon Jovi can sing or not need not be raised. It is however clear that he and richie sambora had not quite reached their writing potential, though glimmers of excellence do shine through. The first half of the album contains nothing special, silent night's lyrics and music are sappy and aren't a patch on the superb "Always" (from the crossroad release). The last 5 tracks are excellent. "To The Fire" and "Always Run To You" are particullar highlights, the music fitting perfectly with the expectly written lyrics. // 6

Overall Impression: Overall, this record is a mixed bag. The first 5 tracks are mostly middle of the road songs, not at all living up to the high standard set by the first self titled album in 1984. Track 6 (Tokyo Road) is a turning point, from then on the album is amazing, almost reaching the excellence of slippery when wet. As usual Richie Sambora is the ultimate guitar hero, his playing is near flawless, perfectly matching his performance to what the music requires, it is hard to understand why he remains so overlooked. This record had a certain charm, and is much better than the bands last offering "Bounce," it's worth buying if you loved slippery and the earlier records, but it's maybe best to avoid if the perfer the more pop-like sound of crush. // 8

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overall: 7
7800 Fahrenheit Reviewed by: Silas Thompson, on june 12, 2007
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Sound: More sad than any other Bon Jovi album ever. The songs were still fast but about broken relationships and hopeless lives. It is still Hair Metal but totally not their best album. It leaves a sad impression. The song In and Out Of Love is probably the best track in the whole album. It has an amazing chorus as well as solo. After bad reviews for the album Jon swore they'd never play another song from 7800 Fahrenheit ever. If you bought One Wild Night Live you'll see he broke his promise. On the CD is In And Out Of Love. // 7

Lyrics: The lyrics were sad and unhappy unlike the usual optimism in Bon Jovi albums. His voice was still more powerful than Crush, Bounce, and Have A Nice Day. His didn't range as far as high and low, because in Bon Jovi his voice goes high in songs like Runaway and Breakout. In 7800 Fahrenheit his voice mainly stays the same. The song To The Fire has an impressive bass riff in which matches Jon's singing. Also the chorus is amazing with the backing vocals and Jon at nearly the same exact time. // 8

Overall Impression: It is not better than other Bon Jovi albums but it still has a few good numbers like In And Out Of Love, King Of The Mountain, Always Run To You, and To The Fire. If it were stolen or lost I might buy it again after a while of wanting to hear the songs. The worst part about it is that it is grim and not as optimistic as Bon Jovi. The best thing is they were getting to a point where they could work together better, so the bass and drums worked with the guitar and vocals. // 6

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