March 24, 2007
Bon Jovi, “(You Want To) Make a Memory”
Listening to Bon Jovi’s first official attempt at country music, it’s hard not to be struck by how similar the vocal and general groove is to a Keith Urban record. The band could’ve gotten away with being a lot more rock than they chose to be. They hold back for a good part of the record, and I kept waiting for their trademark sound to kick in. It’s a pretty good song, but I can’t help but think it would’ve been better for them to pitch it to Urban or Sugarland. I’m curious to hear the rest of the record, and to see if country radio embraces another pop/rock star. There’s nothing particularly country about their version of country music so far, but that hasn’t mattered much this past decade anyway, has it?
Listen: (You Want To) Make a Memory