Melody Maker - 6/28/97, p.49
"...fantastic album of classic rock songs with a Nineties twist...shoots off, wheels spinning, with a triple jump right over rock's stagnant waters."
Personnel: Jon Bon Jovi (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, harmonica, piano); Steve Lironi (acoustic & electric guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, loops); Bobby Bandiera (electric & slide guitar); Lance Quinn, Eric Bazilian, Dave Stewart, Aldo Nova (guitar); Kurt Johnston (dobro); David Bryan (accordion, piano); Desmond Child (tuba); Guy Davis (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Rob Hyman (Wurlitzer piano); Jerry Cohen (organ, keyboards); Alex Silva (keyboards, programming); Terry Disley, Imogen Heap (keyboards); Hugh McDonald (bass); Kenny Aronoff (drums); Andy Wright, Paul Taylor (programming); Maxayne Lewis, Alexandra Brown, Zhana Saunders, Brigitte Bryant, Mark Hudson, Dean Fasano, Mardette Lynch, Helena Christensen (background vocals).
Producers: Dave Stewart, Stephen Lironi, Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child, Eric Bazilian.
In the years since breaking out of New Jersey's bar-band scene, Jon Bon Jovi's group has sold millions of records and become a household name. DESTINATION ANYWHERE reflects Bon Jovi's creative growth since his 1990 solo album BLAZE OF GLORY. Collaborating with a mix of producers including rave scenester Steve Lironi, Dave Stewart, ex-Hooter Eric Bazilian and hit doctor Desmond Child, Bon Jovi maintains his knack for writing catchy material while gilding the edges with sampling, drum programming and other textures not normally associated with his music.
Bon Jovi often wears his influences on his sleeve; "Janie, Don't Take Your Love To Town" resembles Oasis' "Don't Look Back In Anger," and the lonely cabbie in "Little City" could have been a character in a Springsteen song. But "August 7, 4:15" (about the murder of his manager's daughter), shows an urgency and dramatic flair unlike anything else this aspiring actor has ever written.