Album review: Richie Sambora, Stranger in This Town (1991)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 17, 1991

By Steve Newton

Who would have thought that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora—the only member of that band cuter than BJ himself—would have what it takes to deliver an album as mature and diverse as Stranger in This Town?

Aided by primo bassist/Stick-man Tony Levin and Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres and David Bryan, Sambora has concocted some surprisingly soulful tunes here. The formidable guitar talents Sambora teased us with on mega-hits like “Living on a Prayer” are given room to fly, and the vocal potential he hinted at in the background of “Wanted Dead or Alive” really explodes. He’s a great singer.

This album could be the sleeper of the year.

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