These Days (Bon Jovi album)

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These Days
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released June 27, 1995 (US)
June 19, 1995 (Europe)
Recorded October 1994 (Release songs) – April 1995
Genre Hard rock
Length 63:55
Label Mercury
Producer Peter Collins, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi chronology
Cross Road
(1994)
These Days
(1995)
Crush
(2000)
Singles from These Days
  1. "This Ain't a Love Song"
    Released: May 30, 1995
  2. "Something for the Pain"
    Released: September 14, 1995
  3. "Lie to Me"
    Released: November 29, 1995
  4. "These Days"
    Released: February 6, 1996
  5. "Hey God"
    Released: June 17, 1996

These Days is the sixth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released in 1995. This was the first album Bon Jovi released after the retirement of bassist Alec John Such. The band hired Hugh McDonald as their unofficial bassist. The album, produced by Peter Collins, Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi, was an overall darker album in contrast to the band's usual brand of feel-good, inspiring rock songs and love ballads.

At the time of release, the album was a huge commercial hit, particularly in Europe and Japan. In Japan, the album debuted at number one on the Oricon chart with sales of 379,000, becoming the fastest selling album by a non-Japanese act in history of the country's chart.[1] In the UK, These Days replaced Michael Jackson's album HIStory at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spent four consecutive weeks at #1.[2] The album spawned four Top 10 singles on the UK Singles Chart, the band's highest number of Top 10 singles from one album in UK. The album also topped Billboard European Albums Chart for seven weeks. The high sales of the album in Europe warranted a re-issue of the album under the name of These Days Special Edition a year after its original release. The album was ranked number two on Q magazine's list of the "Top 50 albums of 1995".[3] In 2006, the album featured in the Classic Rock & Metal Hammer's The "200 Greatest Albums Of The 90's".[4] In the U.S., despite selling 1 million copies and certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the album wasn't as successful as it was overseas and the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200.[5]

Background[edit]

When the Keep the Faith Tour ended in December 1993, Jon Bon Jovi went on a vacation in January 1994 where he wrote "Something To Believe In", the first song written for the album. Over the next nine months, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora wrote and demoed forty songs. The album was originally slated to be released in the fourth quarter of 1994, but they asked for more time to write additional material. Because of that, they released Cross Road, their first greatest hits album, with two new songs in October 1994.

Recording and production[edit]

Jon Bon Jovi hired Peter Collins to produce the album, based on his prior work with several acts such as Rush, Queensrÿche and Alice Cooper. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were co-producers of the album. They made a start recording the album in Nashville in the fall of 1994. After a week to ten days of recording, during October 1994, Jon Bon Jovi erased it all. Recording continued over the next four months and it shifted between Jon Bon Jovi’s home studio Sanctuary I in Woodstock, NY, and three separate studios in Los Angeles: One On One Studios, Ocean Way Recording, and A&M Studios. There were various reasons why so many different studios were used. Then the band embarked on a mini Christmas tour of clubs in December 1994 and they continued to promote Cross Road and Richie Sambora’s marriage to Heather Locklear.

All the basic tracks except for "Diamond Ring" and "(It's Hard) Letting You Go" were recorded in Woodstock, NY. All the rhythm guitar parts were recorded in Los Angeles and all the keyboards were recorded in New Jersey. Most vocals were done in New Jersey. Very little was done in Nashville finally made it, one vocal and one or two keyboard parts. "Diamond Ring" and "(It's Hard) Letting You Go" recut in Los Angeles. The album mixed by Bob Clearmountain in Los Angeles.

Composition[edit]

Music[edit]

Jon Bon Jovi is credited with composing the music for all of the album's tracks. Richie Sambora is also credited with composing the music for all of the album's tracks, except "(It's Hard) Letting You Go" and "Something To Believe In"; both were written and composed by Jon Bon Jovi. He is not credited on "Hearts Breaking Even" either, which was written and composed by Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child. Desmond Child is also credited with composing "Something For The Pain", "This Ain't A Love Song" and "Diamond Ring". All of the other tracks were written and composed by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Despite the influences the band infused on this record, soul, R&B, blues 1970s and 1990s rock, the band and producer Peter Collins found a balance which sounds definitively like Bon Jovi. The inspiration for "Something For The Pain" was T. Rex and old, early 1970s stuff. The musical inspiration for "This Ain't A Love Song" and "Hearts Breaking Even" is more of old soul music and R&B. "Damned" is one of Jon Bon Jovi's favorite tracks on the album. As he said, "it has the Asbury Jukes horns, which is a big thrill for me. I only ever wanted to be a juke".[citation needed]

Lyrics[edit]

Jon Bon Jovi stated that even though the album was their darkest, the band was in a very happy place at the time. "Hey God" is written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora in Jon Bon Jovi's basement. Jon Bon Jovi was inspired by the view out of the window from 57th St. and Broadway in New York, a guy with an Armani suit on next to a guys that's sleeping on the street. "Something For The Pain" was the most difficult to write, says Jon Bon Jovi. They kept rewriting until the chorus to make it make sense. "My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms" was written from a writing session where they were hit with writer’s block. Taking a cue from the opening line of "Bed of Roses" ("Sitting here wasted and wounded at this old piano, Trying hard to capture the moment"), Jon Bon Jovi instead of putting the pen down, wrote about his experience. "Damned" is about a guy who involved with a married woman. "(It's Hard) Letting You Go" was written by Jon Bon Jovi for the movie called Moonlight and Valentino in which he appeared. "Something To Believe In" is an introspective song about a guy questioning everything around him. Richie Sambora’s "Hey, hey, hey" chant on the song is lifted from the demo. It was spot-on they kept it and used it on the record. "Diamond Ring" was originally written for the album New Jersey in 1988, but never made it on the any previous Bon Jovi records.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Q 5/5 stars[6]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly D[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[9]

Two titles that were considered were "Open All Night" and "Strip" but ultimately, the band wanted to make a statement about the themes of the record. Mark Selliger shot the album cover in Mexico. Jon Bon Jovi said that "we tried to get crazy exotic but it didn't come out great. We also shooting in LA and Bombay we finally settled on a picture".[citation needed]

The two extra songs "All I Want Is Everything" and "Bitter Wine" appear as bonus tracks on the international versions. Released June 12 in Japan, June 19 in Europe and June 27 in the rest of the world, the album was an immediate success. It even replaced Michael Jackson’s HIStory in the UK, debuting at number one, spending four weeks at number one. These Days also topped the charts in several other European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, and Portugal and spending seven weeks on Billboard European Albums Chart. It was certified quadruple platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for selling 4 million copies across Europe.

In Australia, it debuted at number one and spent two weeks at number one on the ARIA Charts. The album became Bon Jovi's second number one album in Japan, where it debuted at number one on the Oricon chart, selling over 379,000 copies in its first week and becoming the fastest selling album by a non-Japanese act in history of the country's chart. The album has sold more than 1 million copies and certified five times platinum and became the band's best selling studio album in Japan.

These Days received favorable reviews from critics. Q magazine, in a perfect qualification, said that "Cross Road" and "Always" confirmed that Bon Jovi would survive grunge and These Days consolidated their status by keeping Michael Jackson's HIStory album off the UK number 1 album slot. The review said that "Hey God", "Lie to Me" and "Something to Believe In" were singled out as the albums highlights and the album was arguably the band's finest musical hour to date. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic concluded that "as the years go by, Bon Jovi gets musically stronger. Not only are their best songs stronger now, their playing is more accomplished. Keeping these improvements in mind, it's no surprise that the group was one of the few pop-metal bands to sustain a career in the mid-'90s".

In the UK, the album was particularly notable for producing four Top 10 hit singles but failed to impress the audience and the critics in the United States. The album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200. Entertainment Weekly said "the group happily forsakes conventional corporate rock for a loud kind of adult pop. Think Whitney Houston with guitars".The album was mencionated like the second best album of 1995, after (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hey God"   Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 6:10
2. "Something for the Pain"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 4:46
3. "This Ain't a Love Song"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 5:06
4. "These Days"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 6:26
5. "Lie to Me"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:34
6. "Damned"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:27
7. "My Guitar Lies Bleeding in My Arms"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:41
8. "(It's Hard) Letting You Go"   Bon Jovi 5:50
9. "Hearts Breaking Even"   Bon Jovi, Child 5:05
10. "Something to Believe In"   Bon Jovi 5:25
11. "If That's What It Takes"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:17
12. "Diamond Ring"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 3:46
13. "All I Want Is Everything" (Bonus Track on International Versions) Bon Jovi, Sambora 5:18
14. "Bitter Wine" (Bonus Track on International Versions) Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:36

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[44] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[45] Platinum 50,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[46] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[47] Platinum 64,725[47]
France (SNEP)[48] 2× Gold 200,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[49] Million 1,200,000[50]
Netherlands (NVPI)[51] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[52] Gold 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[53] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[54] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[56] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[57] 4× Platinum 4,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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Preceded by
HIStory by Michael Jackson
UK number one album
July 1, 1995 – July 28, 1995
Succeeded by
I Should Coco by Supergrass
Preceded by
HIStory by Michael Jackson
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
July 16, 1995 – July 29, 1995
Succeeded by
Throwing Copper by Live