Saturday, May 18, 2024

Living Proof brings back the talkbox: Bon Jovi's new single out now!

Screenshot from Bon Jovi's Living Proof lyric video.

 "Living Proof", the second single from Bon Jovi's upcoming album Forever, dropped on Friday.

My verdict? This song is pure flipping joy and I will be taking no questions at this time. (Just kidding. Questions are always welcome, as are comments and messages, even if you disagree with me.)

Here's the official lyric video:

The talkbox sounds sooooo damn good and it's nice to hear Phil X actually getting to do something interesting. It doesn't happen nearly enough, and that's probably my biggest gripe with "new Bon Jovi" -- because I do still rate Jon as a songwriter, but Phil's talents have been seriously wasted over the last decade. Especially in the studio. John Shanks, for whatever reason, has a massive hold and influence on Jon (and I acknowledge he co-wrote "Living Proof") but the dude is already producing everything... so he can take a back seat on the guitar and let Phil cut loose like the rock star we know he can be. Just sayin'.

Sound-wise, "Living Proof" is reminiscent of parts of the Have a Nice Day and Bounce albums, plus "This Is Love, This Is Life" (which deserved a little more than being a throwaway track on the deluxe edition of the Greatest Hits). 

"Living Proof" doesn't break any new ground but I don't need it to, nor do I think anyone has ever considered Bon Jovi the world's most original band. I just dig the song. It pumps me up, it makes me happy.

What do you think of "Living Proof"? Good, bad, meh? Let me know!

PS. Richie stans, I haven't forgotten about his new songs. I'm just super busy with work, plus I wanted to talk about all four together since the cover art and press release suggested they're meant to be part of a set. I'll post after I'm finished with a conference this week.

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't like the talkbox myself when I first heard it, I didnt think it was a memorable riff (which has been somewhat lacking) but the lyrics are some of the best. They caught something here. Excited for the album after a listen.


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