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These Days (W/Newpk) Original recording remastered, Enhanced

4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 9 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Enhanced
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B00000I07S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hey God
2. Something For The Pain
3. This Ain't A Love Song
4. These Days
5. Lie To Me
6. Damned
7. My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms
8. (It's Hard) Letting You Go
9. Hearts Breaking Even
10. Something To Believe In
11. If That's What It Takes
12. Diamond Ring

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By teddyb on March 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Back in the summer of 1995, when I was gearing up to go to university, Bon Jovi dropped These Days. I bought it the first day it came out, being the geeky fan that I am and immediately put it into my stereo. I had been hearing 'This Ain't A Love Song' on the radio for about a month, so I was pretty primed for the entire album.
This album, like all of my favourite albums, was a slow burner for me. I didn't love it the first few times I listened to it, but for some reason, I couldn't take it out of my CD player. Almost 10 years later, I realize why. It is such a great album, probably in my top 20 of all time (along with Keep The Faith). Key moments on the album for me are 'These Days', just a great all-around song, with great lyrics, melody and both an amazing Richie Sambora guitar solo and a Jon Bon Jovi harmonica solo. 'Something To Believe In' also is a stand-out (I am very glad they included a live version on One Wild Night Live), I feel that the lyrics of the song are quite moving. It also sounds different than most other Bon Jovi songs.
I think that is why I like this album so much, you can see Bon Jovi 'experimenting' a little bit, even 'This Ain't A Love Song', a solid power ballad, has a bluesy feel to it. 'Diamond Ring' is a great closer (although I have the import disc with 'All I Want Is Everything' and 'Bitter Wine' as bonus tracks), very quiet and haunting even. The accompanying tour was one of the best rock shows I have ever seen. Almost 3 hours of pure rock n' roll, opening with 'Helter Skelter' and playing most of These Days.
I think it's a shame that the band does not play much off of this album live anymore (the played 'Damned' on the Bounce tour when it came to T.O. the first time) and largely ignores it in favour of the career-revamping Crush material.
If you are a Bon Jovi fan, These Days is a must own.
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Format: Audio CD
People are funny. Some love this album and some hate it, and more than a few hardcore fans just don't care about this one. First off, just to Keep Going at a time when quality rock music was under its greatest threat since disco (with the likes of shallowtallent Grunge giants) deserves a gold medal.
Although there are great arguments for why this is a great album (decent diversity, a few musical moments to shine, an "evolved" sound), even I almost lost the faith right around the "Always" era.
People only look at this album as opposed to the number one hit that came before it when judging it. "Always" was a less-musical version of megahiddengem "I Want You" from '92's masterpiece "Keep the Faith." Alas, it got all the attention, and as always in this industry, you gotta follow it up with something that makes sense (or alteast you think you should). But anyone that knows the principles of cause and effect knows that every stimulus brings consequences.
Hence a ballad-heavy album and softer singles (starting with "This Ain't A Love Song"). And a band in their mid thirties. I never thought this was a bad album, but most agree there was a magic, a fire, that previous efforts oozed, that this album just sort of sat on. The band was maturing, but in a bit of a worried way, just because the music they had just made 2 years ago was so good. And don't forget, it's possible the addition of Hugh could have been atleast a mild contributing factor to the change in group dynamics too. I love their ballads amazingly, but I smelled a change in chemistry at this time.
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This is, in my opinion, Bon Jovi's best record. However, the remastered version kills it. This is a raw rock'n'roll album with tons of acoustics, classic Fender guitar tones and throat wrenching vocal performances. The original release captured all of that beautifully - light EQ, light compression, full bottom-end, etc. The remastered version runs it through the generic cookie-cutter mastering settings that have destroyed the sonics of music in the recent decade. Here's a general tip for the music consumer - "Digitally remastered" is almost always code for "thin, brittle, bright, sparkling noise." "These Days" is no exception.
A record like this is not supposed to sparkle. It's Bon Jovi's darkest offering, with songs like "Hey God," "Something To Believe In," and the title track "These Days." It is also their rawest record, an acoustical snapshot by producer Peter Collins of the passion being expressed by the band at that time. The dry vocal of "Lie To Me," the timeless, weeping harmonies of Jon and Richie in "It's Hard," - these are best experienced on the original release, where the mastering is far truer to the character of the songs, mixes and performances.
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These Days by Bon Jovi is simply their best album to date. After landmark releases like Slippery when wet and New Jersey, they seemed to be treading water with Keep the Faith. These Days reveals a host of ideas, and sounds like no other Jovi album, before or since.
Bon Jovi's songwriting reflects a new-found maturity and unparalleled assurance here. "Hey God" is the infectious, riff-driven opener and sets the tone for the album. Most of the songs reveal a depth and musical complexity yet unseen from Bon Jovi. "Something for the Pain", "This Ain't a Love Song", "These Days", and "Lie To Me" are some of their most melodic, emotionally resonant songs ever. "Diamond Ring" and"My Guitar Lies Bleeding..." are beautiful ballads the way only Bon Jovi can do them. It's a shame that they didn't pursue this newly found direction after this fine album, as Crush and especially Bounce only found them going backwards in terms of complexity and intimacy. Also, Ritchie's influence is unusually large on this album, judging from his harmonies and listening to Stranger in This Town. All in all, a landmark, monumental release that deserves wider exposure!!
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