Lost Highway [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Serious country fans know that "Lost Highway" is a Leon Payne-written Hank Williams classic, but even though Bon Jovi's 2007 album shamelessly trades on iconographic country imagery in a bid for a genre-skipping crossover hit, it's designed for those country fans who don't much care about Hank's legend (never mind knowing anything about Leon Payne). Lost Highway has little to do with any country prior to Garth Brooks, a move that makes sense since Garth was the gateway drug to country music for old Bon Jovi fans in the '90s. In that regard, it makes perfect sense for Bon Jovi to refashion themselves as a modern country act, because their heartland anthems are as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Serious country fans know that "Lost Highway" is a Leon Payne-written Hank Williams classic, but even though Bon Jovi's 2007 album shamelessly trades on iconographic country imagery in a bid for a genre-skipping crossover hit, it's designed for those country fans who don't much care about Hank's legend (never mind knowing anything about Leon Payne). Lost Highway has little to do with any country prior to Garth Brooks, a move that makes sense since Garth was the gateway drug to country music for old Bon Jovi fans in the '90s. In that regard, it makes perfect sense for Bon Jovi to refashion themselves as a modern country act, because their heartland anthems are as thoroughly middle American as any country artist, and in 2007 country was at the core of mainstream pop music; in other words, the band's fans already have made the crossover, so they wouldn't see this crossover move as crass, just as catching up. But when it comes right down to it, Bon Jovi's self-styled country album has little to do with contemporary country in 2007, either. Despite duets with LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich, despite the occasional fiddle or steel guitar, Lost Highway recalls nothing so much as a latter-day Bon Jovi record in how it balances fist-pumping arena anthems with heavy doses of sentiment. Not long after the buried fiddles on "Lost Highway" fade from memory and enough time passes to excuse the bad Toby Keith knockoff "Summertime," it's virtually impossible to distinguish this album anything after 1992's Keep the Faith. Which isn't necessarily bad, mind you -- Bon Jovi has a flair for commercial craft, knowing how to hit the sweet spot between the mundane and melodic, and there are times on Lost Highway where the group does so again. Ironically enough, what hurts is when they really try to fit into the conventions of country -- usually on the rockers, as on the aforementioned "Summertime" and the even-worse Big & Rich duet "We Got It Going On," which manages to cram in every sports-bar cliché into an unpalatable mess, a talent that also emphasizes Jon Bon Jovi's unfortunate tendency to rely on hackneyed imagery -- but when they're just being the smooth, efficient pop crooners they are, Lost Highway is as good as, and no different than, any Bon Jovi album since Keep the Faith. Which may not make it as adventurous as it appears, but it should still be satisfying all the same to those loyal fans. [Universal's 2008 edition included bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602517572393
  • Catalog Number: 1757239
  • Sales rank: 93,819

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bon Jovi Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi Vocals, Background Vocals
Richie Sambora Guitar, Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
John Catchings Cello
Daniel Chase Keyboards
Dan Dugmore Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Charles Judge Strings
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Hugh McDonald Bass
Steve Nathan Piano, Hammond Organ
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Tico Torres Percussion, Drums
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Accordion, Conductor, Track Performer
LeAnn Rimes Guest Appearance
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Hillary Lindsey Background Vocals, Track Performer
David Bryan Dbz Keyboards
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Richie Sambora Composer
Billy Falcon Composer
Desmond Child Composer, Executive Producer
Daniel Chase Programming
Mark Hagen Engineer
Dann Huff Producer
George Marino Mastering
Justin Niebank Engineer
Andy West Art Direction
Jonathan Yudkin Arranger
Daryl R. Brown Composer
Brett James Composer
John Shanks Composer, Producer
Gordie Sampson Composer
Harry McCarthy Drum Technician
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Kenny "Borgeois" Alphin Composer
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Evan Harrison Executive Producer
John Rich Composer
David Graef Guitar Techician
Jon Michael Brady Drum Technician
Willy Donica Guitar Techician
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