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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD – playable on all CD players) pressing includes two bonus tracks. Universal. 2008.One of the few lineups to make the leap from 1980s ”hair band” into long-term semi-respectability, Bon Jovi’s eighth studio album is somewhat true to the band’s pop-metal roots, though Bounce is ultimately mellower and more theatrical than previous outings. ”Undivided” might be a Tom Waits number, all gravelly vocals and booming drums hinting at a dark hipness before kicking into a commercial, lush chorus. Still, it’s got a pleasing edginess, as does the toe-tapping, mechanized feel of ”Everyday.” Jon Bon Jovi’s forays into film have clearly influenced Bounce. ”You Had Me from Hello,” the title nicked from Jerry Maguire, is spare, poignant, and gentle, while ”The Right Side of Wrong” references Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and has a piano-heavy Springsteen-meets-Billy Joel feel. Typical ballads like ”Joey” and ”All About Loving You” also populate the album, which often feels like a singer-songwriter outing, or a movie soundtrack, rather than an album by a veteran rock band. Some of Bounce’s bouncier tunes may still appeal to the now-middle-aged fans of the band’s ”Livin’ on a Prayer” era, while the melodrama marking much of the album might lose those who prefer headbanging over Bon Jovi’s more mellow and grandiose musical musings. –Katherine Turman

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  • After hearing their new album, have a nice day, i can definitely say that this older album was actually far better, and ranks along with the best bon jovi albums like new jersey, these days and keep the faith.

    this album is optimistic, rocking and uplifting and sounds better than any rock album in recent years.

    a track by track review:

    Undivided – 4 stars
    a good opener for the album

    Everyday – 5 stars
    further propels the album with its fantastic hooks (they sound more metallica than bon jovi in many songs on the album)

    The Distance – 4.5 stars
    sounds similar to love me back to life. a typical bon jovi song, but sounds inspiring

    Joey – 3 stars
    i didn’t dig this song. it is supposed to be like levon but levon (which jon bon jovi sang) is far better

    Misunderstood – 4 stars
    another typical bon jovi song, mid tempo, but not bad
     
    All About Lovin’ You – 5 stars
    i hated this song at first. the chords sounded just like never say goodbye. but after watching the fantastic video, this song has become my favourite song on the album. kind of pop, but simply great!

    Hook Me Up – 5 stars
    it rocks! fantastic hooks!

    Right Side of Wrong – 5 stars
    another typical bon jovi sounding ballad. however, the lyrics and the vocals simply blow me away

    Love Me Back To Life – 4.5 stars
    midtempo anthemic rock

    You Had Me From Hello – 4.5 stars
    another typical bon jovi sounding mid tempo song. it is quite good, however.

    Bounce – 5 stars
    it simply rocks! i just can’t get the verses and the chorus bbbbbbounce out of my head.

    Open All Night – 5 stars
    another typical bon jovi ballad..i love it because of the sincerity of the vocals and ritchie’s backup

    well, what more can i say, most rock albums are lucky if they have a couple of five star songs. this album is totally loaded with them.

    unlike these days (which was introspective, and really good), keep the faith (which was a collection of experimental songs), and crush (powered by its my life), bounce really rocks hard, the hardest i have heard bon jovi play. at the same time, there are some mid tempo songs and tender ballads. this is truly a great bon jovi album! Highly underrated! highly recommended!! buy it if you like rock music

    Posted on December 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Well its been two years since CRUSH came out. Two years waiting to see what would Bon Jovi do next?? Well, the wait is over and its been worth it. Bon Jovi show a more mature attitude to their music. This is not surprising as they claim that the songs are influenced by the events of 11 september 2001.But this is NOT a 11/9 album! No way! The only song that is related to the events is UNDIVIDED. The rest are mainly about looking to the future and bouncing back. Here are my recommended tracks:JOEY (Track Four) is a personal favourite. A beautiful song with an important theme “Hey Joey what are you going to do with your life?” says it all really. You hear Richies undereated voice talent and David is just beautiful on the keyboard.UNDIVIDED (Track One) Oh yeah I cant complain about this one. Its very heavy on the drums and guitar (more of metal attitude than a rock attitude). Definetly worth a listen!!!!!!!BOUNCE (Track Eleven) The title says it all- reminds me of ITS MY LIFE. A good tune with meaning- a good pick-me-up.EVERYDAY (Track Two)- the latest single. Similar to BOUNCE and ITS MY LIFE but still a good tuneBuy it and rock on!!!!…

    Posted on December 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First of all, if you don’t own Bounce then order it NOW. And if you don’t have Blaze of Glory then get that too and go read my review of that also, unless you consider yourself Jovi proficient.Ok, now that Bounce is on the way to your house (for those of you who had previously contributed to the industry trend in declining record sales), let me tell you what to be ready for.I wish one could rate halves. This album really is 4.5 stars.First of all, the album is much better and less bland than Crush. It is also better than many of their albums, all of course which are are great anyway. As the self-proclaimed number one fan of Bon Jovi’s MUSIC, I still say it doesn’t have the musical aspirations of New Jersey and Keep the Faith, and although the songs may be better intended, it doesn’t have the “classic-ness” of Slippery.Bounce does, however, pack a punch. Always playing the game perfectly between musicality and commercialism, Bounce is almost a little TOO perfect, in terms of being the IDEAL modern day offspring of Slippery When Wet. Unfortunately, there’s something about “modern day” that necessitates a decline in timelessness (9/11 inspirations not-withstanding). That said, Bounce doesn’t sound dated, and they don’t betray the roots that got them to where they are either. They don’t use too much of ‘the formula’ so all they churn out is a stale throwback, but all will agree that this is a BON JOVI album, if there ever was any. So at the same time, they are not selling out and using all of the modern blips and bloops in the studio just to be accepted in the current day. The band cared about making viable music here, as they always do.Which means, the “formula” to make Bounce is perfect. A little of the 9/11, done with respect, but not too much to be viewed as a cash in. A few ballads, but not too many to pigeonhole them as a sellout ballad band again, which happened in the mid 90’s. You hear a lot of hooks, but you don’t drown in them.And perhaps the most important element, the rocking!!!!!!! Undivided, Everyday, Hook Me Up, and the title track (which is so good it is excused from being a revised ‘It’s My Life’)…. I’ve been waiting for this for years!!!! It isn’t thrash metal, but it IS something that is badly needed. Crush didn’t really have ANY of this type of song. Island records doesn’t even put the band on the Hard Rock list! And I HATE the word pop.Each element that went into this album was measured with taste; there’s just the right amount of everything………Except for musical virtuosity. Don’t get me wrong, Jon never had aspirations to be in a prog band, but as a supporter of progressive rock myself, I always admired the band for being so talented yet taking their music to the masses so they would also achieve significance to the common man as well.This album has a lot of great “songwriting” – which is great – but there is not one musical epic on the album. If you can write a few ‘Prayers’, you can write another “Dry County!” “Right side of Wrong” could have come close, but the chords are too simple, and Richie has this ongoing insecurity problem these days, of not overplaying. He is all about tone, which is also great, … but we’d always get atleast one really stellar solo before, to remind everyone of what Bon Jovi COULD be. This time around, the album clocks in at 49:06, which is just waaaay to short, especially for 12 songs. EVERY song is the standard form, and moderately succinct. Jon says what he needs to then gets out of the song. Again, this has its place, but in a new Bon Jovi album, there needs to be more diversity. Epics, rockers, ballads, anthems, some blues perhaps, some other surprises…. but then, I can’t help but act like a parent of the band when I listen to them, or like a piano teacher, I suppose… “You could do better if this”, and “It would be REALLY great if that….”Ultimatley, the band itself is what decides what kind of music it will write. Still, they do try to do what the fans want, and I feel in this review I have the right to ask for more. It’s only because I love them so much. I get done with the album and I love it so much that I just want to listen to tracks 13 through 17, which don’t exist. Just like New Jersey after Slippery: after Crush, MANY MANY people were guaranteed to buy the followup blindly. It is such a rare opportunity, I don’t know how one can NOT put some other features into the album, to show off the band (Dave, write us a piano piece for God’s sake! And I’m not talking about Lunar Eclipse), GIVEN there are ALREADY the singles there that will sell the album what it will, nomatter what. If they didn’t want the world to hear their music, they would have never done what they’ve done so far. I hope the band doesn’t just sit on the bonus packages that come with the 20 year anniversary so Jon can do movies for a few more years…. the band is REALLY really close to Greatness (again), but they must push onward and make more music. No more 2 albums and 5 year delays!But just the fact that there IS yet another ‘new’ BJ album out is an oasis in the desert of a jaded music scene. Which sadly is more than can be said for GNR….Bounce is a good album.

    Posted on December 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This CD, like “Crush”, establishes Bon Jovi as long-term rockers.It is seemingly more mature in content than their 80s material, but still rocks. Great vocals, guitar work, ala Richie Sambora, keyboards, bass, and percussion are evident. Bon Jovi and Sambora still provide one of the best vocal duos around. Tracks such as “Undivided”, “Hook Me Up”, and “Bounce” really rock and there is a good mix of ballad/acoustic stuff to make this one a fine CD. Turn it up whether you are 16 or 46. Highly recommended!

    Posted on December 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • A good CD. The songs that are VERY good are near great… those that aren’t upper echelon keep this from being a 5 “*” effort. Definitely worth a listen, though, especially for Bon Jovi loyalists (like myself). Best Tracks (no particular order):* Undivided* Everyday* Misunderstood* BounceBottom Line: Buy it! It’s worth a listen!

    Posted on December 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now