These Days

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With These Days, Bon Jovi firmly established themselves as an adult contemporary act. They still have their fair share of rockers, but they seem half-hearted and incomplete. Instead, the band sounds the most comfortable with love ballads and working class anthems, from hits "This Ain't a Love Song" and "Lie to Me," to the acoustic "Diamond Ring." In fact, as the years go by, Bon Jovi gets musically stronger. Not only are their best songs stronger now, their playing is more accomplished. Keeping these improvements in mind, it's no surprise that the group was one of the few pop-metal bands to sustain a career in the mid-'90s.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With These Days, Bon Jovi firmly established themselves as an adult contemporary act. They still have their fair share of rockers, but they seem half-hearted and incomplete. Instead, the band sounds the most comfortable with love ballads and working class anthems, from hits "This Ain't a Love Song" and "Lie to Me," to the acoustic "Diamond Ring." In fact, as the years go by, Bon Jovi gets musically stronger. Not only are their best songs stronger now, their playing is more accomplished. Keeping these improvements in mind, it's no surprise that the group was one of the few pop-metal bands to sustain a career in the mid-'90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1995
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452818126
  • Catalog Number: 528181
  • Sales rank: 35,379

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bon Jovi Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richie Sambora Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Background Vocals, Electric Sitar
David Bryan Keyboards, Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan Keyboards
David Campbell Conductor
Jerry Cohen Keyboards
Rory Dodd Background Vocals
Tommy Funderburk Background Vocals
Hugh McDonald Bass
Mark Pender Trumpet
Tico Torres Percussion, Drums
The Miami Horns Ensemble
Suzie Katayama Accordion
Randy Jackson Bass
Jerry Vivino Tenor Saxophone
Richie La Bamba Trombone
Ed Manion Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Composer, Producer
Richie Sambora Composer, Producer
Desmond Child Composer
Peter Collins Producer
Robbie Buchanan Programming
David Campbell String Arrangements
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
George Marino Mastering, Remastering
Obie O'Brien Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
Margery Greenspan Artwork, Art Direction
Gabe Veltry Engineer
Jay Schwartz Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but not the best Bon Jovi album after all

    These days was rewiewed as one of the best Bon Jovi's albums, mainly because the lyrics were the strongest that Ritchie and Jon had written in their lives. The album is really good and has some great classics: Hey god, Something for the pain, This ain't a love song (the best Bon Jovi ballad ever), the title track, Lie to me, Something to believe in or the underrated Diamond ring. The production is also magnificient: naked as a blues album but powerful as any 70's rock album. Nevertheless, the album has some flaws: 10 of its 13 songs are ballads, and some songs are better than others (It's hard letting you go, Heart's breaking even and Damned are weak songs). The most will say that the best albums of Bon Jovi are Slippery, New Jersey and Keep the Faith, because they are perfect mixtures of great hooks, powerful riffs and silly, but lovely lyrics. These days is too relaxed, too naked and too gentle to be the best Bon Jovi album, but it's a highly recommended listening after all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album of Hard Times

    This album is indeed a great album. The songs have matured even more and although they are negative and about some rather hard times, I'm sure a lot of people can relate to some of them, and the feeling and emotion put into them, which is one of the many things Bon Jovi is so great at, is what makes these songs so great. I highly recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    As a huge Bon Jovi fan I can honestly say that this is my favourite Bon Jovi album. They are well known for their strong album themes, but no album is stronger than this one. This album is filled with thought provoking, hope-filled, songs of hope, longing, and love. The painful lyric of "Hey God" and the irony of "These Days" give this album a powerful edge and the fantastic power ballads present on this album have yet to be matched by any other album or any other artist. If you only buy one Bon Jovi album, this has to be the one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album!

    What to say about ''These Days''? In my opinion this is the best album recorded by Bon Jovi. It has love songs as in every Bon Jovi's albums and they sounds very good. ''Lie To Me'' is a beautiful song, where Richie Sambora makes the backing vocals and play a clean guitar solo. Other great ballad I think is ''My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms'' (but the tittle of this song is very long, isn't it?). The way Tico Torres plays is very nice! Just hit-hat in the verses, until the song get distortions guitars. The way the guitar ends the solo is very beautiful (the whole solo is very beautiful) and it fits with next verse. The harmonic in the last chorus is very cool! ''Damned'' is a great song. I love its riff! And instead of this riff is in many parts of this song, this is not boring! It gives a special feeling to this song! I like very much ''Something To Believe In''. It's um second-favorite-song of this album. Here is nice too, the way Tico Torres plays .He got a different style for this song and I really love it! The guitars in the solo are very beautiful, the synchronism between them, and the way every one goes. At the final of the solo they are in the same chord and you really can hear 2 guitars making the same! It's great! The backing vocals made by Richie Sambora fits very well here. In many songs, he sings with his soul and it's wonderful, it's fantastic! My fave song is ''Hey God''. It's my favorite Bon Jovi's song. As many songwriters use to say, this is a song I would want to have wrote! The lyrics are excellent! I got nothing to talk 'bout this song, 'cause it's perfect! No backing vocals sounds very good. The 2 guitars walking by different ways on the final guitar solo is cool too! ''Something For The Pain'' and ''These Days'' are songs I like so much, and it's interesting to listen those many times to understand them. This album has good songs, and they fit into themselves. ''These Days'' is an album I recommend! You will not regret if you listen this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hard Rock CD

    This is an awesome CD. It got a lot of criticism for being very negative, which it is, but that is not a bad thing!! This band has so many upbeat songs, they can afford to have one cd that is mostly serious. The songs are all great- classic hard rock with awesome guitar solos and deep, haunting lyrics. It is a side of Bon Jovi you can only get a glimpse of from their other albums, so get this CD now!

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