This Left Feels Right

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498608838
  • Catalog Number: 000154002
  • Sales rank: 40,259

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wanted Dead or Alive (3:43)
  2. 2 Livin' on a Prayer - Olivia d'Abo (3:41)
  3. 3 Bad Medicine (4:27)
  4. 4 It's My Life (3:42)
  5. 5 Lay Your Hands on Me (4:27)
  6. 6 You Give Love a Bad Name (3:29)
  7. 7 Bed of Roses (5:38)
  8. 8 Everyday (3:45)
  9. 9 Born to Be My Baby (5:27)
  10. 10 Keep the Faith (4:12)
  11. 11 I'll Be There for You - Jon Bon Jovi (4:21)
  12. 12 Always (4:18)
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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
George Marino Mastering
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Gary Tole Digital Editing
David Wild Liner Notes, Interviewer
Louis Marino Art Direction
David Channing Digital Editing
Max Martin Arranger, Composer
Mike Rew Engineer
Michael Perfitt Digital Editing
Andreas Carlsson Composer
Ray Lego Cover Photo
Suzi Katawana String Arrangements
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What the Hell???

    I was thinking that this would be a great acoustic album of some old BJ songs. There is no resemblance to the high strung songs on recent albums. If you like Have A Nice Day, listen to that because this is bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A disaster

    This is a horrible and unessential album of remixes of old Bon Jovi classics. Don't waste your time: they are bland remixes with a poppy touch, this is not an acoustic album, is a disaster. The only interesting remix is It's my life, a nice ballad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't waste your money

    The worst Bon Jovi CD ever!!! They take all of the greatest songs and slow them down and make them sound like a boy band created them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    This album really shows how great of a band Bon Jovi is... to be able to take these huge hits that they put out over the years and totally strip them down and recreate them and still have them sound great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Simply brilliant. Buy it i promise you will not be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Left Feels Right

    I must say that i am very blown away, i had know idea what to expect. The result was Awsome! i can't stop hearing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Hits...With a Twist

    This Left Feels Right is one of the best albums by Bon Jovi. It has all the greatest hits by the boys, but it's totally different. It's not like anything else that they have ever put out. It's something that no one would expect from them. It's an entirely acustic album and it's just amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bonjovi has done it again!!!!!

    This band has never failed to entertain! Jon is absolutely gorgeous and the music is awesome! Rather you listen to their old stuff or their new cd "This left feels right" you will not be dissapointed! Each song brings you back to a place and a time that you can relate to! Great music!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bonjovi

    it was great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They've never been cooler or smoother.

    I was a big haired baby of the 80's, so I'm no stranger to what Bonjovi can do; but when I put this cd in, I learned a whole new lesson. Slow down, lay back and take it easy; it's all good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I got ripped off

    I thought I was buying a regular Bon Jovi CD. Instead I got this slow choir thing. They should warn the consumer that its acoustic. I wish I could get my money back because once a cd is open its impossible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    older not old

    Bon jovi is older in this album and with age come knowledge and experiance. With the album "This Left Feels Right" Bon Jovi shows off there knowledge and experiance. They show they can do more than sing high note rock anthems. They show they can perform songs with the flavor of some of the older music styles mixed with styles of the present and future. This album is about diversity not popularity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great New Twist On Some Old Favorites

    This new album form one of New Jerseys best preformers has got to be one of the best I have heard in years. The jazz styles they have used to rewrite some of their classic songs has helped give a new perspective to them. Take for example "It's My Life". Which was originaly an anthem for many, not to just let life go by but to make it all that you can, has now become like a prayer from the soul that gives it such a more meaningful tone, not only to the music but to the words itself. If you do not have this album I implore you to get it you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi is done

    This cd really stinks. This band is so done. Time to move on. Jon's voice is gone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    The best album. Gives you a chance to revisit old hits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i looooove it

    I couldn't wait to pick up this new cd and let me tell you again, Bon Jovi did it!!! I was not let down at all... it was every thing i expected to be and more... Keep up the good work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHO'S BOTHERED ABOUT LEFT OR RIGHT?

    I can honestly say, this cd/dvd is fantastic, the shear guts of re-writing the music to songs to come up with this class of record takes some guts and it has been done good and proper. I take my hat off to the guys for this excellent piece of work. The DVD is amazing both discs I only wish you could have done something like that in my small town of Scarborough or York in England. But both not just the CD as the DVD is awesome well worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    This Left Feels Right is one of the most entertaining albums one could get one’s hands on. Bon Jovi redid many of their old hits to be completely acoustic. Released in November of 2003, this album ranks #15 in New Jersey and #16 in Pennsylvania on one of the biggest online shopping centers: Amazon.com. While most best-of albums have at least one track that one will skip, This Left Feels Right has not one single song that is even half bad, and all were originally big radio hits. It starts off with the acoustic masterpiece “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” an d then the power ballad “Livin’ on a Prayer” rocks on. “Bad Medicine” follows and “it’s what I need,” to quote the song. Powerful drums start off the next track “It’s My Life” from Bon Jovi’s 2000 album Crush. Another loud song, “Lay Your Hands on Me,” comes next. The catchy big hit “You Give Love a Bad Name” from the #1 hit album Slippery When Wet keeps up the rockin’ pace. “Bed of Roses” slows it down a bit, but “Everyday” from the 2002 album speeds it back up. “Born to Be My Baby,” a classic from New Jersey is the last hard rocker. “Keep the Faith” and “I’ll Be There For You” follow. The heart-melting song “Always” ends the album and leaves one feeling they’ve never made a better purchase. I highly recommend This Left Feels Right: Hit With a Twist to any music fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Left Feels: Oh, So Right!

    If you enjoy ANY of Bon Jovi's Albums, you're sure to love their new 'unpluged'-style album, "This Left Feels Right". Including songs like: 'It's My Life', 'Everyday', 'Always', and a live version of 'The Distance'. Bon Jovi has stripped down a whole slew of songs to their basic elements and turned them into an entirely new album that you're bound to enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD hasn't left my player since I got it !!!

    This left feels right is the ultimate gift for people that are die-hard fans or are just getting to love Bon Jovi. The work that the band did changing the sound and tempo of these classics really show what great musicians and songwriters they are. I really enjoyed hearing slower versions of all my favourites. I've you grew up with Bon Jovi, you'll cherish this CD. Great work guys and Happy 40th Birthday Jon!!

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