First Hit #1: September 8, 1990
Is Jon Bon Jovi, solo artist, appreciably different than Bon Jovi, band? Well, it is slightly more country influenced, or at least more southern rock influenced. Not so different that it’s not instantly recognizable as a Bon Jovi record, and while there’s a bit of exploration into slightly different sounds, it still all comes back to big hair and electric guitars. This could probably be snuck onto copies of Slippery When Wet and nobody would notice the difference, it’s like Wanted Dead or Alive covered by a country-focused bar band. The country aspects make sense, it was on the soundtrack to a western – Young Guns II – and the fact that it isn’t full blown country makes equal amounts of sense, since Young Guns II was a western for youths. I’m not going to count it against Bon Jovi that he’s not exactly stretching his creative legs when he strikes out on his own – he knows what he wants to make, that being power ballads with guitars in them, and he’s had success doing so. Slightly country Bon Jovi is still going to have a great deal of appeal.