The seventh full-length album by the legendary American Melodic Hard Rock band.
Even if it was classified as Pop-Metal, Bon Jovi never really was much of a Metal band, relying on big, catchy melodies and not guitar riffs to make their songs memorable. That's why, in 2000, they're able to make an album like "Crush", which strays far enough into Pop/Rock to actually stand a chance of getting airplay (which it did, with the hit lead single "It's My Life"). The guitar crunch on the up-tempo numbers keeps Bon Jovi from becoming a full-fledged Pop/Rock band, but in addition to the typical Hard Rockers, there are nods to Heartland Rock, Bryan Adams-style adult contemporary balladry ("Thank You for Loving Me"), the Beatles (the surprisingly effective "Say It Isn't So"), and even British Glam à la T. Rex or David Bowie ("Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars"). Occasionally, it sounds like the band is attempting to cover as many bases as possible for multi-format appeal, but for the most part, the variety - coupled with the consistently polished songcraft - makes for a surprisingly listenable album.
Commercially, "Crush" became an international success, reaching the top of the charts in multiple territories. The album was certified double Platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album helped introduce the band to a new generation of fans. "Crush" was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Three singles were released from the album internationally: "It's My Life", "Say It Isn't So" and "Thank You For Loving Me", as well as a new, updated rendition of "One Wild Night" released a year later with the live album "One Wild Night Live 1985–2001". "It's My Life" became one of the band's most well-known songs, and one of their most successful singles, reaching number one in several countries and becoming the third best selling single of 2000.
"Crush" is a solidly crafted mainstream Rock record that's much better than most might expect. Even if "Crush" is more measured than Bon Jovi's early work, "Just Older" sums up the band's acceptance of their status nicely: "The skin I'm in is all right with me/It's not old, just older"!
This UK edition CD features three bonus tracks and two video clips, "It's My Life" and "Say it isn't So"!!
The Island Def Jam Music Group, A Universal Music Company/Mercury Records Ltd., A Universal Music Company, 2000 (548 172-2). Made in UK. First press.
1. It's My Life 3:45
2. Say It Isn't So 3:34
3. Thank You For Loving Me 5:09
4. Two Story Town 5:10
5. Next 100 Years 6:19
6. Just Older 4:29
7. Mystery Train 4:15
8. Save The World 5:32
9. Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars 4:31
10. She's A Mystery 5:18
11. I Got The Girl 4:37
12. One Wild Night 4:18
13. I Could Make A Living Out Of Lovin' You (Demo) 4:40
Total playing time: 61:37