Jon Bon Jovi - Destination Anywhere (Mercury) Long since derided as a big-haired figure of fun, Jon Bon Jovi, here minus eponymous band, reappears with a record of surprisingly high quality likely to keep him in beer money until the next one. He may be a few years late, but Bon Jovi is finally emerging from the overblown 1980s, and here he does not hide behind any rock-star poses. With an initial track like Queen of New Orleans he does not need to either: the George Thorogood-style rocking guitar opening, followed by catchy chorus, is all that is required to rehabilitate him. The ditty is processed through a Billy Idol sneer for good measure. While it may lapse into the marshmallow sogginess of AOR now and again, it also comes armed with heart-rending rock ballads such as Staring at Your Window. There is a touch of the twee, somehow recalling Rod Stewart, in songs like Midnight in Chelsea, and some insubstantial 'shampoo rock' creeps in on August 7, but our Bon Jovi always has a riposte, noticeably when he aspires to Bruce Springsteen's league with Little City. Bon Jovi strays into Aerosmith territory now and again, but for most of this record he retains the sensitive rocker's credibility of a John Mellencamp. Truth be told, it has been all downhill for the rocker since Livin' on a Prayer. But there have been peaks along the way, and this is one of them.