Circle [Deluxe International Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One thing buried amidst all Bon Jovi's detours of the new millennium -- there wasn't just 2007's contemporary country Lost Highway, there was the acoustic reworking of hits This Left Feels Right in 2003 -- is that the group has been sober-minded throughout the decade, reacting to 9/11 on 2002's Bounce, exploring the morass of W's America on 2005's Have a Nice Day, and now creating a soundtrack for the Great Recession on 2009's The Circle. Subtlety has never been a concern for Bon Jovi, so they make it plain that they will be the ones to "Work for the Working Man," while they wonder "who's gonna bail out all our shattered dreams" on "Brokenpromiseland." Explicit ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One thing buried amidst all Bon Jovi's detours of the new millennium -- there wasn't just 2007's contemporary country Lost Highway, there was the acoustic reworking of hits This Left Feels Right in 2003 -- is that the group has been sober-minded throughout the decade, reacting to 9/11 on 2002's Bounce, exploring the morass of W's America on 2005's Have a Nice Day, and now creating a soundtrack for the Great Recession on 2009's The Circle. Subtlety has never been a concern for Bon Jovi, so they make it plain that they will be the ones to "Work for the Working Man," while they wonder "who's gonna bail out all our shattered dreams" on "Brokenpromiseland." Explicit references to the broken state of blue-collar America pile up throughout The Circle, but instead of setting these wannabe working-man anthems to the kind of Springsteen-esque rock that's their trademark, Bon Jovi, with the assistance of producer John Shanks, have decided to make their own version of a U2 album. Everything on The Circle exists in a big, wide-open space conjured by echoed, delayed guitars, shimmering keyboards, and spacious rhythms, an atmosphere that's just as likely to recast the "Living on a Prayer" bassline as something sadly ominous as it is to ease into chanted, African-inspired vocal hooks, but a knack for oversized choruses remains hardwired in Bon Jovi. [A Deluxe International Edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 602527246949
  • Catalog Number: 1574038
  • Sales rank: 237,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Weren't Born To Follow (4:03)
  2. 2 When We Were Beautiful (5:18)
  3. 3 Work For the Working Man (4:04)
  4. 4 Superman Tonight (5:12)
  5. 5 Bullet (3:50)
  6. 6 Thorn In My Side (4:07)
  7. 7 Live Before You Die (4:17)
  8. 8 Brokenpromiseland (4:57)
  9. 9 Love's the Only Rule (4:38)
  10. 10 Fast Cars (3:16)
  11. 11 Happy Now (4:21)
  12. 12 Learn To Love (4:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Untitled]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bon Jovi Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi Vocals, Group Member
Richie Sambora Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
David Bryan Keyboards, Group Member
Hugh McDonald Bass Guitar
Tico Torres Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Charlie Judge Strings, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Composer, Producer
Richie Sambora Composer, Producer
Billy Falcon Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Darrell Brown Composer
George Marino Mastering
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Lars Fox Pro-Tools
John Shanks Composer, Producer
Mike Rew Engineer
Jack Rovner Producer
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Phil Griffin Director
Ken Sunshine Public Relations
Carol Corless Package Production
Andy West Art Direction
Alex Gibson Engineer
Tiffany Shipp Public Relations
Kristen Tiengst Photo Coordination
Justin Wilkes Producer
Jon Kamen Producer
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