Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet (1986)
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Let’s go track-by-track, starting with side one.
1. Let it Rock
Ever wondered what you’d get by combining Van Halen’s 1984 & Joan Jett’s I Love Rock & Roll in a Bon Jovi mixing bowl? Wonder no more! Appropriate choice for the opener, somewhat of an amuse bouche for the anthems to follow.
2. You Give Love a Bad Name
Maybe the best fist-raised-in-the-air chorus in recent memory. Or at least, second best…
3. Livin’ on a Prayer
…behind this one. How Jon Bon somehow hits those notes after the key change will never cease to amaze me.
4. Social Disease
The horns scream “Bruce Fairbairn production” and I couldn’t be less offended by ’em. Apparently the album was recorded in Fairbairn’s hometown of Vancouver, bonus!
5. Wanted Dead or Alive
Listeners would be forgiven for thinking this was a Greatest Hits compilation, few studio albums contain so many massive tracks on one album, let alone the first side.
Speaking of having trouble distinguishing between things, in case anyone was having trouble telling 2016 me & 1986 JBJ apart…
And that’s all for an impressive Bon Jovi side one.
With this half of a review in the books, that brings my total to 500.5 albums so far.
Conveniently, tomorrow also happens to be the 5th Anniversary of this project, or 500.5 albums in 5 years. The exact midpoint of my 1001albumsin10years project.
So it is my absolute pleasure to finally be able to quote Bon Jovi:
Whoa, We’re Halfway There!
Verbalize the Positive
An enormous thank you to everyone who has participated in this journey. I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m quite fortunate that I stumbled into a fantastic blogging community & I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this whole experience.
Here’s to another 500.5 albums in 5 years!