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BON JOVI - LOST HIGHWAY Bon Jovi seem to be universally loved. For, as many of their music counterparts have fallen by the wayside, they’ve still managed to retain their iconic status and audience thanks to their down to earth attitude and refreshing musical honesty. More recently, the band was even inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame alongside Led Zeppelin and James Brown, joining such legends like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, U2 and Madonna.

Nashville’s music scene is supposed to be the centre of the world these days and Jon and his boys want to be there in the middle of it. With previous single Who Says You Can’t Go Home (with country singer Jennifer Nettles) Jovi made history by becoming the first rock act to have a #1 hit on the Country charts and the song earned them the sole Grammy of their 25-year career.

For latest release Lost Highway, they’ve dusted off their acoustic guitars and once again strapped on the cowboy boots & leather jackets. Debuting at #1 on the US charts, this became the band’s first ever to debut at #1 on the Billboard album charts, and the first to reach that position since 1988’s New Jersey.

As first single (You Want To) Make A Memory clearly attests, even as the band explores their newly found country-pop sound, their passion for larger-than-life anthems remains undiminished. Among the 12 songs here, tracks like Summertime and Any Other Day breathe like the work of an actual band having fun ~ a richness that was missing from recent album Have A Nice Day. Included as well are duets with Country superstar LeAnn Rimes (Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore) and Big & Rich (We’ve Got It Going On) which are uniformly tight and tuneful ~ while I Love This Town ~ with its pensive, honky-tonk-driven verses ~ ends Lost Highway on an upbeat note.

Read our other reviews:

Traveling Wilburys - The Traveling Wilburys Collection       Paul McCartney - Memory Almost Full       Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain       Velvet Revolver - Libertad      


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