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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 044006305523
  • Catalog Number: 063055
  • Sales rank: 41,159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Undivided
  2. 2 Everyday
  3. 3 The Distance
  4. 4 Joey
  5. 5 Misunderstood
  6. 6 All About Lovin’ You
  7. 7 Hook Me Up
  8. 8 Right Side Of Wrong
  9. 9 Love Me Back To Life
  10. 10 You Had Me From Hello
  11. 11 Bounce
  12. 12 Open All Night
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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
Ted Jensen Mastering
John Kalodner Contributor
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
George Marino Mastering
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Gary Tole Engineer, Digital Editing
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just okay

    Bounce has been an album that certainly encapsulates all Bon Jovi's experiments of their career. Bounce has great pop hooks (Everyday, Misunderstood, Distance), deeply dark and bitter ballads (Open all night, Right side of wrong) and dumb hard rock (Undivided, Hook me up, Bounce). In other words, Bounce has all the elements that Bon Jovi showed on previous efforts, like New Jersey, Crush and These days. That's good, and it's a symptom that the band is aging gracefully, but the main problem is that the album has some REALLY weak tracks, like All about loving you, Joey, Bring me back to life or You had me from hello. Bounce is just entertaining, but not a highly recommended album, and certainly not a great one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    This album is a defitnatly one any Bon Jovi fan needs to pick up, even the non-Bon Jovi fans should. This album has a great mix of songs. Its got its share of harder songs like "Hook Me Up", "Everyday", "Bounce", and "Undivided"... but it also has some ballads that Bon Jovi puts out so well like "You Had me From Hello" and "All About Loving You". Stephen Thomas Erlewine... don't listen to this guy, thats all I have to say. I highly recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shake Your Head And Listen

    A very energize rock album.This album will rock your soul especially when you listen to the theme song which is 'bounce' in this album.'Everyday' and 'Misunderstood' are the hitz in this album.The songs will bring you confident and energetic while you doing your hard work.There are no songs in this album which is i dislike.A very recommended rock album to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi Forever

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best tracks ever

    cant wait to be there in person in Las vegas, have a son the same age as bon jovi, but have been crazy about him since the eighties.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    star light, star bright - goran krga sees what makes sup with pluto shine

    sup with pluto has created a haunting new work! fake is an emotional earthquake of tuneful elegance. the elements are claudy wohlfeld´s soft, ethereal voice, jangly guitars and a touching lyric written by her part-time guitarist, dagmar schläfli. it speaks of lost friendships, self-destructions and disillusions. inspired by confusion, nostalgia, and late night tv. this song is the kind you listen to when you're feeling as down as can be, and need some music to fit your mood. while some of claudy´s melodies make me think that she's listened to the smiths´ "the boy with the thorn in his side" about 2000 times, her voice and her musical settings are strikingly unique. she sounds more little-girl-lost than ever! simply gorgeous in a dark, femme fatale kind of way. in a musical climate where beat and volume rule, sup with pluto unapologetically blends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd bounces with great music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi bounce up once again

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another great album!!!!!

    Another great album from Bon Jovi. It has several great ballads that all true Bon Jovi fans have grown to expect. "Bounce", the title track, is really rockin' and "All About Lovin'You" and "Right Side of Wrong" are true power ballads. Go ahead and buy it, you won't be disappointed!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bounce - What Are You Waiting For?!?!?!

    In a time a second rate musicianship and posers, Bon Jovi answers the pleas of desperate rock and roll fans everywhere with their newest album Bounce. This carefully orchestrated masterpiece takes the listener on a magical journey that explores/celebrates the energy and resilience of the human spirit. Tracks such as Undividend and Bounce not only echo this theme, but illustrate the incredible musical and lyrical talents of guitarist Richie Sambora and lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi. Likewise the ballads laced throughout the album reinforce this powerful message and showcase the incredible range of the band as a whole. If you haven't bought it, you're missing out on the greatest thing sinced sliced bread. If you have bought it, sit back throw your feet up, and get ready to be blown away. Not just by the music - but the energy it exudes. Enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Turn up the volume on BOUNCE...in stores now.

    This album is a rockin' disk to add to your collection. The music is pumpin' and makes you proud to be an American. The lyrics go straight to your heart and make you want to turn it up for the whole world to hear. If you loved Slippery When Wet and Jon Bon Jovi's DESTINATION ANYWHER then head on over to your local music store and buy Bon Jovi's BOUNCE today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bounce is a Great CD!!!

    Bon Jovi has given the fans a CD that can be listened to for ages to come. Bounce is a CD that is rock driven and sounds good the first time and everytime afterwards. The CD's first track "Undivided" is a 9/11 song that makes you stop and think about things that were happening that day. Bounce has songs that tell stories like "Joey"; songs like "Misunderstood" about broken relationships; romantic songs like "All About Lovin You" and "You Had Me From Hello". Even the title track "Bounce" is a great rock song to play again and again. Everyone should get this CD to hear it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bounce Across The Planet

    The boys have hit a home run with this one. I have all of the Bon Jovi CD's and this one is by far on top. This CD is a mature rock theme which any Bon Jovi fan will have to add to their music libary. The song "Everyday" has to be my favorite, it really hits close to home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi Ageless

    I have to say Bounce is my most favorite album.I have very rarely bought an album in which I loved each song.My children love it as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bounce

    Another solid disc from the veteran rockers. The up-tempo tracks are *very* solid...especially Undivided, Everyday, and Hook Me Up. These songs absolutely rock! However, the ballads are songs that we've heard time & time again (even down to the same "catch-phrases"). All-in-all, well worth the purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great cd guys

    one of the best yet. keep them coming. u r the best to a seventeen year old ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This cd is totally rockin... Go out and get it to hear jon croon with his oh so beautiful ballads on this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi Bounces back with Style

    Bon Jovi does it again!!! Bounce is a mixture of great rock hits, and those famous Bon Jovi ballads. There is a little bit of something for everyone, and even if you aren't a Bon Jovi fan, you should at least check it out. My favorite songs include the first single Everyday, and the title track Bounce. The haunting ballad You Had Me From Hello, will make girls and women around the world swoon. So run out now and get your copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi Bounce back on Top

    The latest CD from veteran rockers Bon Jovi proves to be their best yet. Anthemic songs like Undivided and The Distance leave you inspired and positive after the 9/11 tragedy. The songs are edgier with obvious lyrical growth on the part of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora as writing partners. It is easy to see why this Cd debuted at number 2 after being release it's first week. The boys seem to be on top of their game and have a little something for everyone on this album; ballads, rock, personal reflection, inspiration, and those characters that we all can relate to like in the past with Tommy and Gina. Bounce is a great rock and roll record that has proven the growth of Bon Jovi while staying true to their roots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bounce

    For everyone that's ever said " I like Bon Jovi's older stuff"- this is the album you need. The love songs are are great as ever and the guitar is edgy. I love all their albums but this is towards the top of the list for sure. Especially All About Loving You, Hook Me Up and Right Side of Wrong!

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