Despite All The Burning Bridges, Bon Jovi Don't Run

Despite All The Burning Bridges, Bon Jovi Don't Run


I’ve always been a huge Bon Jovi fan. The album that is still my absolute favorite is 1995’s These Days and I don’t see it ever being knocked off the top spot. The emotion is dark and real and it has a post grunge mixed with classic rock ‘n roll vibe to it. After the release of that album, Jon Bon Jovi went solo and released a pop solo album (1997’s Destination Anywhere) only to triumphantly return in 2000 with Crush (which contained the massive hit, “It’s My Life”). From 2002-2013 Bon Jovi released ten albums in an eleven-year span (including a box set of demos and outtakes), which takes us to the falling out between lead singer Jon Bon Jovi and lead guitarist Richie Sambora following the release of their 2013 studio album, What About Now.

On August 12, 2016, Bon Jovi will release their long awaited single, “This House Is Not For Sale”, the title track from their upcoming fourteenth studio album. Despite this being referred to as the first real album without longtime guitarist Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi did technically release the album, Burning Bridges, in 2015. Jon Bon Jovi himself called it “a fan album” to bridge the gap between What About Now and their next “proper album” This House Is Not For Sale. He also stated that the record was really only released to fulfill their record contract with Mercury Records and he called the album “the end of an era, not the beginning of the new one”. So considering that the new Bon Jovi single is scheduled to release August 12th and I never really reviewed this album, I decided that it was appropriate to take a look at what ended the pop rock era of Bon Jovi and what is to come in the new era.

Before I dive head first into the tracks on this album, I feel that it is important to state what this album really is. Rather than releasing the album that is supposed to bring Bon Jovi back to the table of conversation with the label they despise, the band offered an album of songs that didn’t quite make the cut for the past several albums and a few new ones to keep things interesting. The first song on this album, “A Teardrop To The Sea”, is fantastic. You can really feel the heartbreak and drunkenness in Jon’s vocals and I really like how he seemed all down and out but picked himself up off the ground because that’s there is to do. The song also had a killing guitar solo, which proves first hand that the band does not need Richie to have a shredding guitar solo. This song, though it is one of the new ones, really took be back to the These Days album. The second track, “We Don’t Run”, was one of two twin singles that were both released on July 31, 2015. Jon described the song as a new track that hints at the future direction of the band. The song is a good rocker with another shredding guitar solo played by the band’s producer, John Shanks.

“Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning”, the second of the twin singles and the third song overall on the record, is a catchy upbeat romantic pop rock song with an infectious chorus that sounds really similar to the hit Nickelback song “Gotta Be Somebody” from their Dark Horse record from 2008. The song is the only one on the record to be co-written by former Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora, and oddly enough it lacks a guitar solo. The song was written for their 2009 album, The Circle, and it is one of the better songs on the record. “We All Fall Down”, the fourth track on the album, is an inspiration pop song that contains a good message but doesn’t really warrant more than a couple of listens. The song was written for their 2013 album, What About Now, and based on the song’s mediocrity yet catchy chorus, it’s easy to tell that it came from that record.

The fifth song on the album, “Blind Love”, was written for an unreleased Jon Bon Jovi solo album. It is a very small sounding song that uses primarily acoustic instruments. It is a rather sweet love song but really isn’t anything special. The sixth song on the record, “Who Would You Die For”, is a surprisingly good pop song. It really shows off Jon’s vocals in a way a lot of past albums really didn’t. I found the lack of auto tune (which has become typical in a Bon Jovi pop song) refreshing and the guitar solo is damn good as well despite the fact that it is really simple. The song was a new song written for the upcoming album and that’s a good sign.

“Fingerprints”, the seventh song on the album, is an acoustic country rock song that was written for the band’s country-crossover album from 2007, Lost Highway. It is a decent song but it doesn’t quite stand up to the 2007 album. “Life Is Beautiful”, the eighth song on the album was written for The Circle and it is a decent acoustic song but not anything special. The ninth song on the album, “I’m Your Man”, is a classic rock ‘n roll song written during the making of the band’s 2005 album, Have A Nice Day. The song itself is really good and one of the highlights of the album.

The tenth track of the album, “Burning Bridges”, is the title track of the album and is a bit less serious than most songs on the album. The song is a new one and it tells the story of the record label selling the band out to the point where Jon couldn’t take it anymore. The execution of the song is perhaps the best thing about it. It is a campfire sing-along-type song that is perfect for Jon to raise his middle finger to and sing along. The eleventh track on the album, “Take Back The Night”, is also a new song and is a pop rock song with yet another shredding guitar solo. What I like best about the album closer is that it is also a hurtful song about being down and picking yourself back up.

Overall, the Burning Bridges album is decent. It has some strong songs at the beginning as well as strong songs closing out the record. The strongest songs on the album are the ones that were written for the upcoming record but left off. With that being the case, I have high expectations for the new album and I am very excited to hear their new single “This House Is Not For Sale”.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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