• Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

Bon Jovi Returns With This House is Not For Sale…. But is it Worthwhile?

It has been a turbulent few years in the Bon Jovi camp, with the recent departure of longtime guitarist Richie Sambora. Fans likely wondered if his leaving the band would be the end, but that was not the case. The group made the rather surprising decision to bring in new guitarist Phil X, previously of Triumph, and a well known session musician with many leading rock/pop artists. This House is Not for Sale is the latest album from Bon Jovi, and it is one fans likely were not sure would ever see the light of day.

This is the latest Bon Jovi album since the dismal Burning Bridges, which was a complete throwaway other than its Traveling Wilburys-esque title cut. Honestly, I was not optimistic for a new Bon Jovi album; following the turn of the millennium it seems more like Jon Bon Jovi and company have been more concerned with releases that achieve chart success rather than return to the band’s melodic hard rock roots from the days of old.

I came into This House is Not for Sale wanting something that would take Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates back to their classic 80s hard rocking sound; the group has not had a truly great album since the late 80s or early 90s. Unfortunately, This House is Not for Sale shows us that the band IS for sale, continuing to produce overblown, soulless Top 40-style content that is completely and totally forgettable, yet is probably still going to sell a million plus copies anyhow.




Many people were quick to bash the band’s decision to continue without Richie Sambora, but let’s be realistic; this band was in a dire way long before his departure, with the move towards bland adult contemporary pop hits. This House is Not for Sale does not only fail to redeem the band and return them to their prior ability to combine pop accessibility with hard rock; it may very well be the most overblown, overproduced thing they have ever released.

It is sad to see Bon Jovi remains in this sorry state; everyone in the band is a very talented musician with so much potential that we have seen in the past. The band is not going to win me back with drab, heartless overproduced Top 40 songs that sound like they could have been recorded by anyone else on the charts in the modern age. Not recommended.





By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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