This Left Feels Right On "This Left Feels Right," nice-guy pop-metal survivors Bon Jovi reinvent their youthful mall epics as acoustic adult reflections. Except for the druid-dancing "Wanted Dead… 2003-11-04 Bon Jovi
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This Left Feels Right (2003)

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2003; Lead Performance: Bon Jovi

On ''This Left Feels Right,'' nice-guy pop-metal survivors Bon Jovi reinvent their youthful mall epics as acoustic adult reflections. Except for the druid-dancing ''Wanted Dead or Alive'' and the raspy, honky-tonk ''Bad Name,'' their arena-shouters -- always more Springsteen than Whitesnake -- reveal surprising pathos. As a ballad, ''Livin' on a Prayer'' becomes a vow renewal, and ''Born to Be My Baby'' is darkened by an ominous twang. The band's quest for meaning mostly pays off, though in this context, their occasional mentions of God take on an oddly evangelical tinge.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2003 Published in issue #736 Nov 07, 2003 Order article reprints