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Much like Tommy, the down on his luck hero from ‘Livin’ On A

Prayer’, New Jersey veter­ans Bon

Jovi pos­sess an un­quench­able op­ti­mism. De­spite tum­bling in and out of fashion a bunch of times and los­ing long­stand­ing mem­bers (no­tably gui­tarist Richie Samb­ora) they, just like that plucky dock worker, con­tinue to stand de­fi­ant, de­trac­tors be damned.

Thir­teenth al­bum This House Is

Not For Sale sees Jon Bon Jovi and his crew craft a col­lec­tion of songs that aim to put their trou­bles be­hind them for good, and they’re both hope­ful (‘Roller Coaster’) and haunted by fa­mil­iar ghosts (‘Scars On The Gui­tar’). They take doff the hat to­wards fel­low sta­dium rock­ers The Killers (‘Knock­out’) and Kings Of Leon’s (‘New Year’s Day’) song­book. Their singer, in par­tic­u­lar, is in bullish form after his well-pub­li­cised bat­tle with self doubt.

New(ish) gui­tarist Phil X does an ad­mirable job fill­ing some very big shoes and in the Tom Petty-es­que ti­tle track, Bon Jovi have their first bona fide an­them since the ‘90s. While the cheesy likes of ‘Real

Love’ won’t ri­val any­thing from the clas­sic Slip­pery When Wet days, al­bum num­ber 13 sees the rock­ers in rude health. Good on ‘em.


This House Is Nor For Sale Is­land ‘This House Is Not For Sale’

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