Slippery When Wet Review

artist: Bon Jovi date: 09/02/2014 category: compact discs
Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet
Released: Aug 18, 1986
Genre: Hard Rock, Glam Metal
Label: Mercury, Vertigo
Number Of Tracks: 10
"Slippery When Wet" transformed Bon Jovi from minor-league poodle rockers to global superstars.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 8.7
 Overall Impression: 9.3
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overall: 10
Slippery When Wet Reviewed by: younggunforlife, on march 30, 2005
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: This is the album that turned Bon Jovi from 'another '80s band' into rock superstars. This record made people sit up and take Bon Jovi seriously as musicians and songwriters. The sound on this record is very much the sound of the time. Released in 1986, glam rock or hair metal or whatever you want to call it, was in its prime. The songs on 'Slippery When Wet' certainly fit the genre. From this record spawned three top ten hits in the form of 'You Give Love A Bad Name,' 'Livin On A Prayer' and 'Wanted Dead Or Alive.' All the songs have the distinctive heavy riffs and powerful vocals that have now become so common with every Bon Jovi album. The sound on this album is certainly reminiscent of '7800 Farenheit'. It appears to follow on where that left off. However musically, the album is much more mature than previos Bon Jovi albums. The guitar dominated anthem-like rock songs are still there with the heavy and catchy riffs, but the complexity of the songs shows that as a band they have matured into serious musicians. The guitar work by Richie Sambora is second to none. Although not considered as one of the greatest guitarists ever to grace us, I think the catchy riffs and solos worked into these songs puts him up there with the best. // 10

Lyrics: Untouched by irony and subtlety, the lyrics in every song work so well. 'Wanted Dead or Alive' is clearly a statement of 'this is where we're at right now. ' The lyrics in the song reflect the journey so far for the band, and how their lives have been changed since being thrown into the public eye." I've seen a million faces, and I've rocked them all." How very true. 'Livin On A Prayer' the anthem on the record that has become more famous than perhaps Bon Jovi themselves, is the story about a couple's undying hope and optimism. The lyrics are so innocent and yet breathe a sense of unity and faith, and for that reason have been adopted as an anthem for life for many teenagers and young adults nowadays. 'You Give Love A Bad Name' and 'Social Disease' take a tongue-in-cheek approach to love, where the lyrics are deep yet never cease to force a smile. Songs like 'Raise Your Hands' and 'Wild In The Streets' are the songs that instantly make you feel a sense of 'get up and jump.' The lyrics in 'Raise Your Hands' give off a sense of undivided unity and just seem to say 'go have fun!' Overall the lyrics have a lot of truth and innocence, which reflects perhaps the point the band were at during the recording of this album. It has a lot more energy than the previous records and for use of a better word, is more fun! The lyrics, while being intelligent and occasionally witty, don't really tackle personal issues or problems but instead create a light hearted approach to topics such as love and romance without being overly sentimental. // 10

Overall Impression: Still the best Bon Jovi album out there, and in my opinion the best album you will ever buy. Any serious Bon Jovi fan should already have this record, but if you don't I recommend you buy it. You haven't experienced Bon Jovi until you have played 'Slippery When Wet' over and over again at 120dB! It's the album that every eclectic collection has a copy of. My dad let me play his copy of 'Slippery When Wet' when I was four years old, and from the moment I heard the magical intro on 'Let It Rock' I've been hooked. I'm on my third copy of this album after playing the hell out of it and wearing the CD out. It really is that good. Every single song appears as if it has been worked on until perfected. No filler here at all, every song wrenches emotion right out of you. Whether its unity and a sense of belief from 'Livin On A Prayer', being able to relate to the lyrics in the hauntingly amazing 'Never Say Goodbye', or just that feel good factor you get from throwing yourself around the room to 'Raise Your Hands' or 'Wild In The Streets'. It's unlikely this album will change your life, but it will certainly rock it. // 10

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overall: 8
Slippery When Wet Reviewed by: unregistered, on june 13, 2005
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: Slippery When Wet is one of those great '80s hair band albums. This record is awesome to play with your friend and hangbang to. Even though the musicianship may not be the greatest in world, the music still stands up. Kids from all over the country are getting into this type of music, and thank God for that too! All in all, this is bon Jovi's best album and they have just released a remastered version, go buy it don't download it! // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are ok on this album. I think mmost people don't really listen to the lyrics anymore, they just repeat what the song says. The lyrics on You Give Love a Bad Name poke fun at breakups. And Livin' On A Prayer is a great song about what its like to live alone. Overall the lyrics on the other tracks aren't that great. So I would give the lyrics a 3. // 6

Overall Impression: This is the greatest work on Bon Jovi. I thought they used more creative approaches to their music on this record than their later stuff. Having said that, I think they coulg have chose to write just as good lyrics and they did music. I would buy it again if I lost it. Livin' On A Prayer, is probably one of their best known songs. Too bad they slipped into mainstream pop in the '90s though, eh? // 8

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overall: 10
Slippery When Wet Reviewed by: N3WW4V3N1NJ4, on september 02, 2014
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Sound: Bon Jovi. The band always seems to get something of a bad rap wherever I look. Yes, I understand they became a country rock act around the beginning of the 1990s, but that shouldn't have any impression on the fact that everything they did up until then... was pretty darn good. "Slippery When Wet" was the group's breakthrough album, the one that made them a name known 'round the world, gave them a few great hit songs that still get a whole lot of airplay on most any real rock, or classic rock radio station you can find anywhere in the United States, and so on and so forth, you get the idea. Because, quite simply, it was good! // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are yes, a bit silly sounding on some songs, but even then, they fit well with the music, so I think it just about balances out. The guitar work is sometimes a bit simple, but never boring and the more complex playing on this album is amazing. Jon Bon Jovi has a really appropriate singing style for this type of music, which is good. And, despite the long-running joke about glam metal bassists being inaudible, not only can you perfectly hear the bass on most of these songs, but it noticeably improves the overall feel of the music, which is what I believe good bass playing should always do. The drumming is also good, but I don't have any super-praise for that, sorry. // 10

Overall Impression: I would say that when I first heard "Slippery When Wet" in it's entirety, I was a bit surprised that Bon Jovi could make such a good album. Don't get me wrong, I didn't dislike their mellower, country-rock phase, but it always struck me as nothing spectacular. I bought this album because it had the three songs you always hear on the rock radio, "Living on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "You Give Love a Bad Name," but found myself pleasantly shocked at how good the stuff you never hear was. This is probably the greatest album Bon Jovi has ever made and I highly doubt that they will ever make another album quite as packed full of good material. // 10

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