Bon Jovi's New Album Is More "Naked," Says Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora says the band steered away a bit from its usual formula while recording their new album What About Now?, which is scheduled to arrive in the spring. In a recent interview with Billboard, Richie explains that the group and their co-producer, John Shanks, wanted to showcase different dynamics on the new record.
"[We were] just basically pushing the production a bit more or lessening the production so you're a bit more naked," says Richie. "It goes both ways...We've stripped it down, taken some away and added some different elements."
But don't expect a completely new sound from the veteran band -- it's still the music that you know and love. "When we get together, it sounds like Bon Jovi. It sounds like us," Richie insists.
The guitarist also reveals that in general, the album will feature songs with an uplifting vibe, including the title track, and the first single, "Because We Can," which is due out January 7.
"The lyrics are very positive," he maintains. "It's all empowering and that's what we were trying to get to."
Meanwhile, Richie is selling a digital download of his solo song "I'll Always Walk Beside You" to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The track, available at his official website and at RedCross.org, includes a piano part played by Alicia Keys. It was payback for Richie playing guitar on sessions for her latest album, Girl on Fire. "We're friends and she's a wonderful human being," says Richie.
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