Stranger In This Town - Richie Sambora
1 CD(s) - Pop Metal - Label: Phonogram - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 09/1991 - 42284889520
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Review of "Stranger In This Town - Richie Sambora"
This album is the first of two which Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora has penned. It consists of 10 tracks all of which Richie has either written or co-written and the artists that he has colaberated with are the likes of, David Bryan (Bon Jovi Keyboard player, and composer of the musical Memphis), Tom Morolda, Bruce Foster (Shark Attack), Desmond Child (Livin' on a Prayer, Bad Medicine, Keep the Faith) and Dianne Warren (Wild is the Wind.) And the whole album is produced by Neil Dorfman along with richie himself.So what you can expect is a similar sound to Bon Jovi, but the one key difference is that Richie has been able to prove that he isn't just a phenominal guitar player. He is able to right songs and perfom without the rest of the band.
The album starts with a melodic opening in 'The Answer' which to be totally honnest is a surpirse because it isn' the 'ass kickin' rock that you would expect. And the whole album is full of surprises.'Father Time' this is a more up tempo song that really kick starts the whole project. It was written by Richie and Desmond Child. And is the type of song that could probably make most Bon Jovi records, although how it would come across with Jon singing is up for debate.
The first offering on the album that was soley writen by Richie is 'River of Love' now this gets the ambiance of the whole album down to a tee. It is your basic love song, but performed to a rocky track with the wonderful signiture guitar playing that all Bon Jovi fans at least would rate very highly.The next track is entitled 'Rosie' and this one was written with the help of Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Dianne Warren. This has a feel of the kind of track that Bon Jovi were writing before the release of their 3rd album 'Slippery When Wet.' And because of this it makes me wonder whether this song was originally written for Bon Jovi but Richie wanted it for himself. You can really see Bon Jovi pumping out the chorus of
Rosie, Rosie I wanna take you away.
Rosie, Rosie I'm gonna make you mine someday.
With their big hair and different dress sence.
'Mr Bluesman' this is all about Richie himself, he wrote this one on himself and the vocals really fit the song perfectly. The song itself is about a musician on the road playing all the time, and it feels as though it is a compliation of Richies feeling over the past 8 years since he joinned Bon Jovi.'One Light Burning' and 'Balad of Youth' they help break up the album nicely and they themselves are quite different. 'One Light Burning' has a softer feel to it, but both has great vocals and they do all the justice to Richies credentials of a singer, and the guitar playing in both songs is magical.
The title track of the album is only really done justice by looking at the album cover, the picture on the front looks as though it has been taken straight after Richie has performed this song in concert. During the recording of the song you can feel the emotion in his voice, and you can tell how real the song is to him.'Chruch of Desire' and 'Rest in Piece' end the album and they let everything finish with a bang, again they show the vocal range of Richie and how intense he is as a musician.
So overall I would recommend this album if you are a Bon Jovi fan, but also not it is well worth a listen. Richie Sambora is a member of Bon Jovi, but is a pivotal member and this certainly proves it.
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Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - Pop Metal - Label: Phonogram - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 09/1991 - 42284889520
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