This House Is Not for Sale

This House Is Not for Sale

by Bon JoviBon Jovi

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Overview

"I ain't livin' with the ghost/No future living in the past," sings Jon Bon Jovi on "Living with the Ghost," the second song on This House Is Not for Sale, the first new Bon Jovi album without guitarist Richie Sambora. From those words, it's clear that Jon Bon Jovi isn't shedding many tears for his departed collaborator, and This House Is Not for Sale proves this to be true. While there are certainly moments of sweetness here -- he pens love songs to his woman ("Labor of Love") and guitar ("Scars on This Guitar") -- they're somewhat overwhelmed by the aggressive arena rock that dominates the album. Musically, this is a throwback -- not to the '80s but to 2005's Have a Nice Day, which is the first album Bon Jovi recorded with producer John Shanks. Often, This House Is Not for Sale -- which is the sixth album Shanks has recorded with Bon Jovi -- recalls the exuberant singalongs from Have a Nice Day ("God Bless This Mess" is a kissing cousin to "Who Says You Can't Go Home"), but where that 2005 album felt joyful, this 2016 album is driven in part by spite. Thirty years into his career and Jon Bon Jovi still acts like the underdog ("Every day I wake up with my back against the wall/Anytime you get up, someone wants to see you fall"), and he still sings like he has scores to settle. Presumably, some of these outstanding debts may be with Sambora, who did not leave on good terms, but Jon Bon Jovi is determined that "This isn't how the story ends, my friends, it's just a fork along the road," which goes a long way toward explaining how muscular This House Is Not for Sale is. Bon Jovi and Shanks may not have done much to freshen up the band's sound -- they don't take any mid-2010s musical trends into consideration -- but that simmering defiance does mean this is the band's liveliest album in years.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2016
Label: Island
UPC: 0602557072211
catalogNumber: 002543402
Rank: 13215

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Jovi   Primary Artist
David Bryan   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Hugh McDonald   Bass
Tico Torres   Drums
Phil X.   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Shanks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer,Producer
Billy Falcon   Composer
Obie O'Brien   Engineer
Brett James   Composer
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
John Shanks   Composer,Programming,Producer
Norman Jean Roy   Band Photo
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Jerry Uelsmann   Cover Photo
Kyledidthis   Art Direction
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Paul Lamalfa   Engineer
Dan Chase   Pro-Tools
Carl Falk   Programming
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Anna Walker   Source Material
Gosha Usov   Recording Assistant
Nate Oden   Recording Assistant

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