The lead single and title track from their forthcoming album, This House is Not For Sale, is a typically rousing, fist pumping anthem from rock legends Bon Jovi. It is also the first major release from the New Jersey band without founding member Richie Sambora. His absence is papered over admirably by new guitarist Phil X, whose driving riff and soaring solo sounds like a statement of intent: The band have moved on.
The pounding chorus is irresistible as Jon Bon Jovi’s raspy vocal declares ‘I set each stone and I hammered each nail, this house is not for sale,’, followed by a stadium film holler of ‘I’m Coming Home.’ It’s the sound of Bon Jovi returning to their roots. Jon has spoken about the recording process of their new material, stating that it was about, ‘really going back to the beginning…We went back to the place where we cut Runaway in 1982 – where I used to sweep the floor and fetch coffee’. On the evidence of this track, the approach has yielded successful results
Sambora may be gone, but it is definitely business as usual for the rest of the Jovi clan. While This House is Not For Sale sticks to a familiar formula and is nothing new or groundbreaking from the band, it’s still a solid lead off single and suitably whets the appetite for the new album, which will be released on October 21st.