This Left Feels Right

This Left Feels Right

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by Bon Jovi
     
 

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There's nothing all that unusual about a band going back into its closet to dust off -- and slip into -- old favorites for the benefit of fans. There is, however, something a little different about seeing a band subject those oldies to serious alteration, risking the embarrassment of poor fit or downright bizarre results. To the credit of Jon

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There's nothing all that unusual about a band going back into its closet to dust off -- and slip into -- old favorites for the benefit of fans. There is, however, something a little different about seeing a band subject those oldies to serious alteration, risking the embarrassment of poor fit or downright bizarre results. To the credit of Jon Bon Jovi and his cohorts, The Left Feels Right -- which revisits some of the band's best-known material with sparse, acoustic arrangements -- manages to reconcile its combination of comfortable feel and risky revamp. As borne out by Bon Jovi's appearances on post-9/11 tribute shows, songs like "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and "It's My Life" lend themselves surprisingly well to the reinterpretation, thanks in part to the singer's newfound sense of vocal subtlety and in part to Richie Sambora's surprisingly deft acoustic strumming. Some of the more riff-based anthems -- "Bad Medicine," for instance -- don't translate as well, but Bon Jovi wisely steers clear of most of the band's harder material, concentrating instead on bouncy tunes like "Born to Be My Baby," which really shows off its '60s sensibility in this slowed, neo-Rat Pack rendition. Surprising, but not shocking, This Left Feels Right will give fans something to slip into and cynics a little something to think about.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
God knows why Bon Jovi felt the need to recut its best songs in an adult alternative style with Patrick Leonard as the producer. In the thorough liner notes -- presented as an interview between Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora -- by the suddenly ubiquitous David Wild, Jon claims that the roots of the album derive from a Japanese show he recorded where the intent was to release live, acoustic versions of the band's standards. Alas, the recordings weren't up to snuff, so the band reentered the studio and cut versions that have more overdubs than the original releases. To its credit, the band sounds committed to this rather bizarre project, an endeavor so unconnected to reality that actress Olivia d'Abo -- best known for either her role on The Wonder Years or her lead in the brilliant '90s indie film Kicking and Screaming, depending on your viewpoint -- provides counterpoint vocals to "Living on a Prayer," while "Bad Medicine" boasts breathy, echoed vocals that suggest it was conceived as a reflective affair, not as a dumb hard rock song. This holds true throughout the album, and while the arrangements are relatively interesting, they're rarely improvements on the originals and rarely rise above the level of novelties. And while longtime fans may find it worthwhile on that level, it doesn't offer proof that the band's songs are resilient enough to withstand new arrangements, nor does it shed new light on Bon Jovi or prove that the group is maturing gracefully. And all of that is really too bad, because the songs have stood the test of time, sounding better in their original incarnations than they did upon release, plus the group was moving in the right direction with its last album, adjusting to the sound and feel of middle-aged maturity seemingly effortlessly. This, however, sounds simultaneously safe and hazy; it's the sound of a band that's earned the right to indulge itself and has followed that inclination here.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498608838
catalogNumber:
000154002
Rank:
81136

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Jovi   Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Richie Sambora   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
David Bryan   Keyboards,Group Member
Hugh McDonald   Bass
Tico Torres   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer,Producer,Author
Richie Sambora   Composer,Producer,Author
Desmond Child   Composer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Patrick Leonard   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Obie O'Brien   Engineer
David Wild   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Louis Marino   Art Direction
Max Martin   Arranger,Composer
Mike Rew   Engineer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Ray Lego   Cover Photo
Suzi Katawana   String Arrangements

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This Left Feels Right 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this cd is awful!!!!! They should have left their greatest hits alone. People liked the first version of the songs, I think everyone will be disappointed by the new versions. Wanted Dead or Alive sounds like Jon is singing through a bottle. I would not recommend this to anyone and I am a big fan of Bon Jovi.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes the band took a defitnate left turn, but yes it was right. They manged to bring new scales, and lyrics to some old, almost played out songs. This album is worth the time and money to listen to. Songs like " Keep The Faith" have a new sound as well as meaning. This one for example is almost balad like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He should have kept this cd a secret and not released it all!!!!!!!! There are some songs on there that are good, but for the most part, it's the worst CD I've bought in a long time. His rendition of "Wanted Dead Or Alive", which is song he wrote, is the worst I've heard. If feel that if you wrote the songs, you should be able to sing them as well and he can't. He sounds like a "wannabe" singer trying to emulate Bon Jovi and doing a horrible job of it. Bad Medicine should have been kept has the hard rocking song it is. Just as with some of the other songs that were performed as hard rock songs. An acoustic version of some songs just does not work and this album proves it. If I were to give this album a grade I would grade a high D just because of the 12 songs on the CD, there are about three or four that are good. But as for the rest of the songs, they should have left them as they were.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this as I am a big fan of the originals. The arrangements are great. More soulful. If you're a Bon Jovi fan, you will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that these songs are great. I don't really enjoy the way that they change the whole style of the music and singing because I am use to rock and roll as from their old albums. I think that this CD is great for fans who are not interested in rock as much. It's very relaxing and the meanings behind the songs are brought out more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this CD. It took listening to it a couple of times to sink in, but I think it is GREAT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This disc rocks! It is BonJovi at a rare best. You have heard these songs before, but never like this. Refreshing doesn't even begin to describe the sound. You really have to hear it to believe it. The harmonies and melodies are beautiful and the quality of the music is phenominal. It proves just how awesome the band can be. It is a must have for any BonJovi fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi takes old songs in a different direction from what you are used to hearing from them. Every track is a new experience for your ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
while at first I was hesitant to buy this cd because i wasn't to impressed with the previews of the music after a few turns on the cd player I've grown to love this album it is definately hard for the veteran bon jovi fan to get into at first I imagine but it is a cd that I do not regret buying . It takes a great artist to re arrange their hits and bon jovi has done it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is good. It's really hard to sing along and not sing it like the original. I enjoy listening to it as a matter of fact I have listened to it several times since I bought it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Bon Jovi's new CD. I am a diehard Bon Jovi fan, which actually makes me a little more critical of their music when they change the format. I was skeptical, but I must admit that the album is great on a whole. My favorite is "Wanted Dead or Alive". My husband, who isn't a Bon Jovi fan, really liked the remake of this song. He even likes it better than the original. My kids, however, did not like the remake of "It's My Life"....they liked the original harder-rock style. The remake of "Living On A Prayer" with Olivia D'Abo is really good. It is nice to hear a female voice mixed with Jon's strong vocals. Again, I was skeptical about how the remakes of these songs would turn out, and I believe that this CD holds it own amongst even the best Bon Jovi albums. I really hope "Wanted" gets some radio airplay....it is by far the best remake on the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Left Feels Right is a great addition to your Bon Jovi collection. I feel that they are very innovative and original and deserve kudos for taking chances. After listening to the album multiple times I have to say that it has grown on me...my first impression was a good one, but I didn't appreciate it until they all sunk in. Each song has been remade with the same lyrics, but to different music. A very clever idea indeed. The most amazing song on the album would have to be IT'S MY LIFE. To me, this is better than the original. This song alone is worth buying this CD. WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE is also a great version...I have been wishing that Bon Jovi would come out with a remix album and this is an answer to that wish. WANTED is so new and edgy with a spicy kick that you can't help but move to it. If you buy this album you will not be dissappointed. It is genuinely another clever album from the most talented boys on the Jersey shore!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this new CD but after taking a step back and listening to these songs as if I had never heard them before, they took me by surprise. My favorites are Wanted, Lay your hands on me, Born to be my Baby, Always, Keep the Faith, and Bed of Roses. I'm trying to get used to Livin' on a prayer with out Ritchie. After reading the interview done by David Wild with Jon and Ritchie I have a better understanding of the concept behind this. This is an awesome addition to any Bon Jovi collection. Rock on guys!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album "This left feels right" is not what I expected. The only song that has a good beat is "Wanted dead or alive." If I could have heard the album prior to purchasing, I most likely wouldn't have spent my money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should buy this one. WOw! Not your typical Bon Jovi album, but so good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Left Feels Right- is a great title. Bon Jovi - as a band, have truely out done themselves. The album, a collection of hits, we know and love, have new meanings and many have more emotion reflecting things that have come to play since the times the songs were originally written. The songs while not electric - have lost none of their original themes of hope and battle that I can win, instead, they reflect the strengh it takes to get there and the eternal hope that you can make if you try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I for one like this album very much. I love how they took songs that I grew up listening to and basically were a staple in my life and added a new twist to them that I never thought possible. I think that it is a refreshing change! I think I like most of the new versions as much as the old! It is a great album. A wonderful twist on some classics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this CD! It's mellow, but it's really good. My favorites are It's my life and Lay your hands on me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit at first I was scared to listen,and when I did I freaked,imagine ,here are the songs that I've sung along with for 20 years,and I couldn't sing along! Wow,what a TWIST,lol But the "new" songs are awesome,imagine ,now we get to fall in love with them all over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I guess you can say that they did it again. This left feels right is a take-off of some old songs with a new twist. I didn't think I could enjoy these songs any more than I did, but it happened. The new twist to the songs are great. (and that is comming from a fan of only 4 years!) Bon Jovi will always be in our lives! ALWAYS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to the album and gone to the live DVD taping. I just cannot force myself to like this album. The acoustic DVD that came with the album was excellent so it's not that I object to change. I think it is a real shame that such a talented band has been reduced to performing such weak and lifeless music. Rumour has it that they will be cutting a new album and going on tour in 2005. Let's hope it is real rock n' roll. For now, save your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that Jon and the boys did this album. Only they could do something like this and do it so well. I believe that every Bon Jovi fan should own this CD! How original!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi has created a fantastic CD! The names are the same, but there's a great left turn in the music! Wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs we know and love have been completely redone, with a new sound and a new feel. It is a nice album that revisits the songs that we already know, with a very personal touch. Very nicely done!