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:
61519

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
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
Although they never did go away. This latest installment will be liked by old schoolers and new schoolers. Bon Jovi has come a long way from Runaway. The musical range in the album is tremendous. It is evident that Bon Jovi is not affraid to try new things. Throughout the album there are noticable new styles of music never heard on previous albums, but at the same time they maintain they're unique style of music. From exploring the story telling style of music a la Elton John in Joey, to even exploring proggresive rock in Hook Me Up, they do a great job in getting the listener hooked. Traces from the Crush album are heard here and there. Not one dull song. Certainly an album to pick up whether you're a die hard Bon Jovi fan, or Creed, Elton, Linkin Park, hey maybe even Backstreet Boys fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOOOWWWW!!!!!!! This is band's best album. EVERYBODY should buy this album.It ROX. I love all the songs. My fav is F F F F F Bounce :) aaww I luv all songs.YYYAYYY BON JOVI DID IT AGAIN!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a Bon Jovi fan, you will love Bounce for sure! I personally think it's their best album ever. It certainly has a harder edge than the last two studio efforts, Crush & These Days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi know how to rock, and this album is the proof. They even have the critics attention with this one. If you want a great rock album buy this one, you won't be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album rocks, don't know what to say, so you should just buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this has got to be one of Bon Jovi's best if not their best album ever. Every song on this cd is great and i can't help but to listen to it over and over again. It has all sorts of types of music ranging from hard-rock songs like Undivided and Everyday while having those great Bon Jovi ballads. All in all this is a must have cd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, what can I say? I've been a fan of this band since I was 10 and living in Jersey myself and their latest album does not disapoint. The boys are still rocking. I get a feeling of their older stuff especially from "Everyday" and "Bounce". And as always, no one writes and sings a balad quite like Bon Jovi with my favorite on this album being "You Had Me From Hello" which has got to be one of the sweetest love songs they have ever written. This is a must have for any rock-n-roll fan, espcially if you are a Bon Jovi fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album is titled Bounce, the perfect way to describe what the guys in Bon Jovi do every time they put out an album. Every album gets better and better with more and more meaning. This is by far one of my favorite albums of all time. Not a single soul should pass up this oppportunity of owning such a good album. I also love the album because some of the songs relate to 9/11, and those songs are amazing!! As one of the biggest Bon Jovi fans out there, I can give the album an 11/10!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi fans will be pleased with this innovative pop/rock record. More agressive than Crush this album proved that the jersey boys are still one of the biggest band in the world, a crowning masterpiece for the band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, an album comes along that you could just listen to the whole way through. Artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, and Queen have all accomplised this. JBJ stormed onto this distinguished list with the release of Bounce. From hard-rockin 'Bounce', to the story of Joey Keys, to the power ballad 'All About Lovin You', the boys put together what is arguably there finest album to date! All twelve could be a single! When compared to the pop and rap garbage that is dominating the music world today, it rises high above. The 80's provided some of the best music ever created. Thanks for keepin it alive guys!! YOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently got Bon Jovi's new album "Bounce" that hit stores on the 8th of October. This album has been on my radio non-stop! It is an incredible album with a balance of up-beat rock tunes and sweet slow ballads. I believe this is one of Bon Jovi's BEST albums yet. If you're stuck on what album to purchase, "Bounce" is worth being in your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
bounce.relly rock.its like bon jovi have gone back to the old days .of hard rock.like undivided.is just such a rocky tune.misunderstood is a song that is so true to the heart.this is bon jovi of 2002.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi's new album "Bounce" is one of my favorites yet released by the boys from Jersey. It has power rock songs and also great ballads. This album is uplifting for many people. I believe that they capture events of Sept. 11 in a better way than the Boss Bruce Springsteen himself. I'd have to say that "Undivided" Misunderstood" and "All About Lovin' You" are 3 of the best songs on the album. I really think that this is going to be one of the best albums of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the new bon jovi c.d. It is the most mature album to date and has lots of meaning behind it. There are several songs written about Sept. 11 which are done beautifully as well as classic love songs. My favorite song on this album would have to be "All about lovin you" because Jon's voice can just mezmorize me. It is the most beautiful instument in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is totally rockin... Go out and get it to hear jon croon with his oh so beautiful ballads on this album.
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
Two years after releasing Crush, that made many people think Bon Jovi was becoming a pop band, they're back showing that it's not true. Bounce is a great answer for those who thought that BJ wasn't able to do rock n' roll anymore. Songs like Undivided and Hook Me Up impressed even the BJ fans with Richie Sambora's (wonderful) distorted guitars and the amazing Jon Bon Jovi's vocals. Besides having heavier songs than the usual, Bounce is also an album full of the typical Bon Jovi ballads, where the finest example is All About Lovin' You - a wonderful ballad that will sure be the favorite song of many couples all around the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd takes you on ajourney with Undivided your reminded of what has happened in the past to the world and with All about loving you your hopeful for the future in just Your life. This is a journey that Bon Jovi is leading jump on its a great one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jersey rockers Bon Jovi...ARE BACK! And in a BIG way! I love this new CD. I may have a problem with just one song..."Joey" but it's growing on me. I love "Bounce" (the song). With its upbeat, positive sound, it's impossible not to be immediately happy with it. All in all, "Bounce" is a must-buy for all Bon Jovi fans and new Bon Jovi fans looking for an escape from the pains of the events of September 11.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a Bon Jovi fan since 1985 I love all of there music but this record brings back the energy of Slippery When Wet & New Jersey. Buy it! you won't regret it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best Bon Jovi album yet! It can only get better from here!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bon Jovi latest effort, Bounce, takes a nice step back to their roots. With heavier riffs, and feel good lyrics, Bounce is a must have for any cd collection
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this new albun Bon Jovi shows that after all the time they´ve been in this buisness they can still rock the charts and beat the new groups of today. This shows that Bon Jovi is a serious band and does music because they love it not because they want to get the money. In this new album we can find al kinds of songs, heavy and low, its the best compeared to all the new releases gone out lately! ``Undivided´´ is one of the songs in the album and i think it helps americans to get thru the hard times that came after sep 11.