Bounce

Bounce

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by Bon Jovi
     
 

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Much like New Jersey's other favorite son, Jon Bon Jovi obviously spent quite a bit of time thinking about the events of September 11th when writing songs for Bounce, his band's eighth album. That's clear from the opening notes of "Undivided," which kicks things off in an anthemic, and somewhat angry, tone: Lyrics that directly address "my brother lost in the

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Much like New Jersey's other favorite son, Jon Bon Jovi obviously spent quite a bit of time thinking about the events of September 11th when writing songs for Bounce, his band's eighth album. That's clear from the opening notes of "Undivided," which kicks things off in an anthemic, and somewhat angry, tone: Lyrics that directly address "my brother lost in the rubble/my sister lost in the crush" are interwoven with surprisingly heavy riffs to good effect, a pairing repeated on the stirring "Everyday." That muscular melodicism -- harkening back as far Slippery When Wet -- jump-starts many of Bounce's tracks: "Hey Joey" spins a hardscrabble tale of Garden State growing-up over an appropriately rootsy backing track, while "Hook Me Up" moves with a slithering gait that lets Richie Sambora strut his stuff with glee. As he's grown more mature, Jon Bon Jovi's ballads have grown up as well. Here, he and his bandmates not only turn out a brace of romantic ballads -- the delicate "You Had Me from Hello," which Jon says was inspired by his stint on Ally McBeal, is the best of the bunch -- but also stretch things a bit, as on "Open All Night," which, with its pensive, piano-driven verses, ends the album on an introspective-yet-upbeat note. As has been their habit in the past, the band occasionally try too hard to come across as sincere and wind up sounding overwrought and lead-footed. That's the case on the overly orchestrated "Right Side of Wrong," which takes the "Living on a Prayer" melodic formula one step too far, and "The Distance," which could pass for a Creed outtake. But overall, Bounce makes a good case for Jon Bon Jovi -- and the rest of the band -- having grown up just right.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given that Bon Jovi successfully pulled off a comeback in 2000 with Crush, a shiny pop album pitched directly at the mainstream, it's kind of a surprise that they returned two years later with a record as turgid as Bounce. Instead of continuing the colorful blueprint of Crush, they fearlessly backpedal, turning out dull, heavy, serious rock -- the kind of music that sounds "serious" even when it's about trivial things. Of course, much of the record is given over to "serious" topics, as if the band felt that the events of 2001 necessitated a grave response for Bounce, regardless of what they were singing. Such sobriety would not have been a problem if the band had solid material, but they're not only lacking songs, they've inexplicably altered their musical approach. In particular, guitarist Richie Sambora sounds as if he's aping James Hetfield's lumbering downstrokes throughout the album, giving the record an oppressively heavy sound that never lets the music breathe. This casts a pall over the record, but this stumble is not the sole reason Bounce is such a misstep for the band. After all, this is a record where Bon Jovi seems to have consciously decided to avoid everything that gives their music character, melody, and muscle, a move that would have been odd at any point during their career, but is particularly puzzling after they delivered an album that found them growing old gracefully. It's as if they want to undo everything Crush did for them.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
Label:
Island
UPC:
0044006305523
catalogNumber:
063055
Rank:
51660

Tracks

  1. Undivided
  2. Everyday
  3. The Distance
  4. Joey
  5. Misunderstood
  6. All About Lovin’ You
  7. Hook Me Up
  8. Right Side Of Wrong
  9. Love Me Back To Life
  10. You Had Me From Hello
  11. Bounce
  12. Open All Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Jovi   Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richie Sambora   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Bryan   Keyboards
Jerry Cohen   Musician
Hugh McDonald   Bass
Tico Torres   Percussion,Drums
Andreas Carlsson   Musician
Samuel Waermo   Musician

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer,Producer
Richie Sambora   Composer,Producer
Billy Falcon   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer,Producer
Eric Bazilian   Composer
David Campbell   Orchestral Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer,Engineering
Graham Hawthorne   Pro-Tools
John Kalodner   Contributor
Obie O'Brien   Engineer
Gary Tole   Engineer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Andreas Carlsson   Composer,Producer
Luke Ebbin   Programming,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bret Healey   Art Direction
Samuel Waermo   Programming,Engineer

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Bounce 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 371 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
At first listening, Bounce surprised me. It was not the kind of Bon Jovi album I was expecting after Crush. But then it surprised me again, this time positively. I especially enjoy the great instrumentation and the mature, concerned lyrics. It's not the best Bon Jovi album - that's true. But it's one that definitely every Bon Jovi fan should have. My favourite songs: Bounce, The distance, Love me back to life, All about lovin' you, Open all night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This has got to be the best BJ album ever! I haven't stopped playing it since I bought it. As usual, they guys have done an awesome job - every song is great. My faves are Undivided (a great song about 9/11) and Right Side of Wrong (Jon & Richie excel at telling stories through song). You won't be sorry you bought this album!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I put the CD on, I knew it was like no other Bon Jovi album before it. The first track, "Undivided", starts out with heavy guitars and booming drums and sets the mood for the rest of the album. The theme throughout is about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and moving on with your life after 9/11. This album rocks harder than any other Bon Jovi album and the ballads are beautiful. The beginning of "The Distance" sounds a bit like Creed. My favorite tracks are, "Love Me Back to Life", "Misunderstood", "You Had Me From Hello" and "Bounce".
Guest More than 1 year ago
To tell you the truth, this is not as good as 'Crush'. In the overall scheme of the albums released so far, I put it on par with 'These Days'. Don't get me wrong; there are a lot of good songs in here. The opener for example: 'Undivided'. This is an excellent song to start the album with. America has been through a terrible tragedy, and many countries were united as a result. This song encapsulated this perfectly. 'Everyday' is as well an excellent track. My favourite of the album is track 3: 'The Distance'. It's a punchy song, and I can't wait to hear it live. Unfortunately it's followed up with 'Joey'. I have listened to it many times and it's just not my cup of tea. The classic Bon Jovi songs like 'One Wild Night', 'Just Older', 'I'll be there for you' and 'Blood on blood' will live forever; 'Joey' I fear will fade away. 'Love me back to life', 'Right side of wrong' and 'All about loving you' I feel are also not up to the high standards this band have set themselves but they more than make up for it with 'Hook me up', 'Misunderstood', 'Bounce' and 'Open all night'. The other track: 'You had me from hello', I was pleasantly surprised by this; it's a perfect show closer. Indeed, there is enough material on this album to get you hooked. The songs on this album make for some serious live shows on the road and I, for one cannot wait to see them again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi did it again. They have managed to create yet another rock-n-roll masterpiece. This is probably their best album yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really loved this cd. bon jovi stuck to their original sound and they have the story songs and the up beat love songs in there too. you feel like they are singing to you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who in the heck is Stephen Erlwine? Never heard of you. It's a good thing for Bon Jovi fans that they still have the guts to write their music the way they want instead of following critics prescripted, formulaic drivel. Let's leave that to groups like Guns N' Roses. Oh yeah, that's right, they're not around anymore... Here's to another 20 years! Keep rockin', guys! You're the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just brought the new bonjovi cd bounce and i it was just amazing. i put it in the cd player and gave it a listin when i got home from work and it blew me away. my speakers were on high fire.the opening track undividied got it going. also the 2nd track everyday was well writen and sung. the title track. was like a party get down enjoy your life and take no s///t anthem,. these dudes may be hitting middleage but theyn still can show ya that affter being around for nearly 20 years they can still give rockn roll a good name. this cd is a highmust for any bonjovi fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bounce is an awesome cd. It's a must for any Bon Jovi fan. It has the hard rocking songs like undivided, everyday, and bounce along with the mellower songs like Misunderstood, Joey, and All about loving you. Jon's vocals, and Richie's guitar are better than ever. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album here. Gotta love every song on the album. Strong rock songs and great ballads that could ring in your head for hours at a time. I think this is the best Bon Jovi album in history. There are lots of strong contenders for singles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They just keep getting better. This CD has everything from awesome ballads to kicking rock beats. This is definitely one that you'll want to keep in your CD player for a long time!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jon and the boys really know how to make music. This CD ROCKS! It gives you the Rock and Roll that you crave and the love songs you need. "You Had Me From Hello" Stops my heart everytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi has done it again! They are at number two on the charts..let's get them to number one! I believe this is their best album yet, and I hope they're just gettin' started!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you haven't gotten this album, GO NOW!!! It is such a good album. The power ballads like "Open All Night" and "All About Loving You" are sooo beautiful, but don't count out the rockin' songs like, "Undivided" and "Bounce". You will love this album if you are a Meat Head or a Romantic. Some songs are very, "These Days", some are more "New Jersey", and some are totally new and different. There's some very hard rock songs--"Hook me Up" my personal favorite--some have almost Meatloaf-esk paino--"Joey". This is one of the most beautifully put togther albums out there. If you are not a BJ fan you will be after listening to this album, and if you are already a fan you will love them even more. I recomend that you buy this album. Keep the Faith! Olivia
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of his greatest yet. The album portrays so much feeling in every song. Undivided is going to be the next number one. His ballads are better than ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this CD! The songs on this album are awesome...the waiting paid off! Undivided, Everyday, Bounce and Hey Joey are my favorite tunes! The lyrics of all the songs are really easy to relate to. I love singing to the songs in my car...full blast, of course! If you like Bon Jovi, even only a little - BUY THIS CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt Bounce is an album full of the type of music that Bon Jovi has always given to their fans. Very hard-rockin' songs full of hope and ballads full of love, Bounce has it all. If you are hoping a lot from Bon Jovi with this new album, you are sure gettin' a lot from it. I really recomend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi's latest effort is without a doubt the best modern rock album out there today. these rock survivors show up anyone and everyone who stands in their way. Richie Sambora shines, once more, as he proves to be one of the best lead guitar players in the business. Powerful guitars and sweet ballads run rampant on Bounce and prove to the modern era exactly what made Bon Jovi successful in the first place! Bounce is a sure fire lesson in Rock for those upstarts who can only dream of selling in excess of 93 millions albums!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i believe bounce is yet the best bon jovi album yet to come they are all great but this one really says alot i cant even pick one particular song on the album i like the best i like them all so much
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bounce is a must have cd. There songs are very mature and are easy to listen to. Buy this cd if you haven't already. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honest, mature, inspiring, optimistic CD! True Bon Jovi style!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The boys are back in town! And what a way to arrive......debuts in the number 2 slot on billboard! Bounce overall is just beautiful in it's entirety....a perfect score.....nothing overly done.nothing missing.....a perfect fun rock & roll album.Get it now and get bounced into the feel-good-Bon-Jovi spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the many best cd....my 3 yr. old sings along..to cute you guys have to c this! from hard rock to slow ballards...its truely bon jovi's best yet!....love you guys. leeann bergevine