Stranger in this Town

Artist: Richie Sambora
Listenability Scale: 100%
Released by: UMG Recordings
A Review by:
The Dude on the Right

One thing irked me a little the couple of times I saw Bon Jovi, and that was Jon would sometimes sing some of his solo hits, but we didn’t get any Richie Sambora solo material. Maybe Richie’s choice, maybe Jon’s, but in any case, “Stranger In This Town” is one of my favorite albums spotlighting both the songwriting and musicianship that is Richie Sambora. There seems to be some dissension in terms of the opening track “Rest in Peace,” but for me, it really sets up the CD nicely. You can hear some of the sound of Bon Jovi, but Richie adds a nice, bluesy feel to songs that are sometimes haunting, sometimes rocking, but for fans of great guitar, this should be added to your collection.

My favorite on the CD is “The Answer,” the closing track, but pretty much all of the songs hold their own. I liked the “listening instructions” for the CD: “Turn down the lights, Light a candle… Welcome…”, but I would have added one more instruction – “Turn the volume up a little…” because this one sounds great with volume turned up, maybe more than a little. This has been one of my favorite CD’s since I first heard it. 100% on the Entertainment Ave! listenability scale.

That’s it for this quick review! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!