September 19, 1988
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hair Metal, Album Rock, Pop-Metal, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Pop

Album Review

Bon Jovi had perfected a formula for hard pop/rock by the time of New Jersey, concentrating on singalong choruses sung over and over again, frequently by a rough, extensively overdubbed chorus, producing an effect not unlike what these songs sounded like in the arenas and stadiums where they were most often heard. The lyrics had that typical pop twist -- although they nominally expressed romantic commitment, sentiments such as "Lay Your Hands on Me" and "I'll Be There for You" worked equally well as a means for the band and its audience to reaffirm their affection for each other. The only thing that marred the perfection of this communion was Jon Bon Jovi's continuing obsession with a certain predecessor from his home state; at times, he seemed to be trying to re-create Born to Run using cheaper materials.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Lay Your Hands on Me
  2. Bad Medicine
  3. Born to Be My Baby
  4. Living in Sin
  5. Blood on Blood
  6. Homebound Train
  7. Wild Is the Wind
  8. Ride Cowboy Ride
  9. Stick to Your Guns
  10. I'll Be There for You
  11. 99 in the Shade
  12. Love for Sale
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