Have a Nice Day

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates all but perfected the arena-rock template back in the late 1980s -- leavening riff-rocking anthems with just enough power balladry to ensure that romance could join unbridled lust in the big picture. While the intervening years have thankfully seen adolescent sex fantasies give way to a more mature view of relationships -- not to mention the rest of the world -- the unflagging catchiness of the band's material remains strikingly unchanged on Have a Nice Day. That's evident in the we're-all-in-this-together sing-along "Welcome to Wherever You Are" as well as "I Want to Be Loved," which has a swagger that's reminiscent of "Bad Medicine." ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates all but perfected the arena-rock template back in the late 1980s -- leavening riff-rocking anthems with just enough power balladry to ensure that romance could join unbridled lust in the big picture. While the intervening years have thankfully seen adolescent sex fantasies give way to a more mature view of relationships -- not to mention the rest of the world -- the unflagging catchiness of the band's material remains strikingly unchanged on Have a Nice Day. That's evident in the we're-all-in-this-together sing-along "Welcome to Wherever You Are" as well as "I Want to Be Loved," which has a swagger that's reminiscent of "Bad Medicine." While Bon Jovi are by no means trying to outmuscle, say, Velvet Revolver, Have a Nice Day. is marked by an edge -- most palpable on the surprisingly sneering title track -- that was missing from recent albums like Bounce. When the band get around to tapping their well of sensitivity, as they do on the saccharine ballad "Wildflower," listeners are more likely to reach for the "skip" button than for a Bic to flick. For most of the disc, though, syrup takes a back seat to meat and potatoes -- sided with some old-fashioned country gravy on "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which features guest vocals from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. And as such, Have a Nice Day will stick to the ribs more than anything Bon Jovi have served up in a long while.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Have a Nice Day, Bon Jovi's ninth studio album of original material, picks up where 2002's Bounce left off, showcasing a harder, heavier band than either 2000's Crush or Jon Bon Jovi's 1997 solo effort, Destination Anywhere. Not only that, but this 2005 album finds Jon Bon Jovi picking up on the serious undercurrent of Bounce, writing a series of angry, somber neo-protest songs that form the heart of this record. While he's not exactly explicitly political here, there's little question that he's dissatisfied with the world today, whether it's about life in small town America or the sorry state of pop music; he even goes so far to write a variation on Bob Dylan's classic "Chimes of Freedom" with "Bells of Freedom." Since he's stretching out lyrically, the band finds a comfort zone in sticking in the tried-and-true arena rock that's been their signature sound for 20 years now. While they sound appropriately grand and powerful -- this is one of the few groups that sounds right at home in large venues -- at times they pump up their choruses a little bit too much, so they sound strident, not anthemic. That heavy-handedness, coupled with a loud but colorless production from Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, and John Shanks, with Desmond Child acting as executive producer for the whole thing, gives Have a Nice Day a sound that's a bit too monochromatic for the band's ambitions, or for its own good: at times, getting through the record can be a little bit of a chore, since there's not much fun to be had here. Nevertheless, it's hard not to admire Jon Bon Jovi's attempt to stretch himself, particularly when he balances his earnestness with tunes as gentle as "Wildflower."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 602498849606
  • Catalog Number: 605608
  • Sales rank: 117,775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Have a Nice Day (3:49)
  2. 2 I Want to Be Loved (3:49)
  3. 3 Welcome to Wherever You Are (3:47)
  4. 4 Who Says You Can't Go Home (4:40)
  5. 5 Last Man Standing (4:37)
  6. 6 Bells of Freedom (4:55)
  7. 7 Wildflower (4:13)
  8. 8 Last Cigarette (3:38)
  9. 9 I Am (3:53)
  10. 10 Complicated (3:37)
  11. 11 Novocaine (4:49)
  12. 12 Story of My Life (4:08)
  13. 13 Who Says You Can't Go Home - Jennifer Nettles (3:50)
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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
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Dann Huff Bouzouki, Mandolin
Hugh McDonald Bass, Bass Guitar
Tico Torres Percussion, Drums
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Mandolin
Jennifer Nettles Vocals
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Richie Sambora Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Billy Falcon Composer
Desmond Child Composer, Executive Producer
David Bryan Composer
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
David Campbell String Arrangements
Dann Huff Producer, Audio Production
George Marino Mastering
Obie O'Brien Engineer
Rick Parashar Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Audio Production
B.C. Smith Programming
John Shanks Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Max Martin Composer
Jennifer Nettles Duet
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Christian Mock Engineer, Digital Editing
Talin Baharian Art Direction
Michael Bryce Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a reviewer

    This album is a completly revamped Bon Jovi sound, taking classic vocals and combining them with new songs written by Jon Bon Jovi himself. This album proves that Bon Jovi unlike Whitesnake and other 80s bands has the ability to morph with the future decades to please a wide range of listeners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi Still Rocks! ! !

    I'm a second generation Bon Jovi fan, and I must say that this is one of their best albums to date. Not a bad song one here. This is one CD you can play without having to skip some songs. Five stars, all the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have a Nice Day Rocks!

    Have a Nice Day from Bon Jovi is just yet another smash hit album for them. My favorite song is "Welcome To Where Ever You Are" because it puts my breast cancer recovery into perspective. I also like the duet with Sugarland so much I think I am going to go out and buy their CD also! Grab the dual disc version of Have a Nice Day for your home, and buy the single disc version for you vehicle and enjoy Bon Jovi everywhere!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Band

    This is an outstanding CD. It has something for everyone. Have A Nice Day is probably one of my favorite songs.I do think that the duet with Jennifer was a bit too much "country". Let's leave the country to the country bands and the Rock with Bon Jovi. Come on guys, you are a Rock band not a country/rock one, loose that fiddle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME CD

    This is a much anticipated CD. Although I love the entire CD, my favorites are Have a Nice Day (it rocks), Last Man Standing (sooo true) and Who Says You Can't Go Home (particularly like the duet verion with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland). Can't wait to hear the songs live during the tour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Great Journey

    The title track, "have a nice day" may tell you where to go, but the rest of the cd takes you there, from "who says you can't go home" to "story of my life" its another great journey with a great band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    they never let us down

    this is a unbelievable cd. the boys hook you in with have a nice day and the music only gets better from there. the music is so true and real it can fit anyone at any age at any point in that persons life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have a nice day is rockin'!

    Wow.....what more can we ask from our guys! The Jersey boys have once again given us an awesome cd! If you get it you won't be disapointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever

    I have been a BJ fan since 1983, and this is one of the best albums yet. Once a BJ fan always a BJ no looking back!!!! Their songs suck you in on such a personal level that you become a part of them and they become a part of you. Can't wait till the album!! Here's to the 20+ years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The band is Back and Did not dissappoint

    I had waited quite a long time for this cd to come out and I was not dissapointed. From the first song "Have a nice day" To the Duet with Jennifer Nettles you see the vast variety in style and tone of songs. You can see songs from HEart breaking songs such as "Novacaine" and "Last Cigarette" to up beat songs and encouraging songs such as "Welcome to where ever you are" This last song was the song that I personally Took to heart. Very rarely does a song touch my heart such as that one. This is definately a good cd for the die hard bon jovi fan as well as one who has never heard the band before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon Jovi Pulls Out All the Stops!

    Bon Jovi delivers once again on their latest: "Have a Nice Day". You know this album will deliver as soon as you see their mischievous red "smirk" on the cover ...And you will not be disappointed! "Have a Nice Day" combines Bon Jovi's signature style of catchy pop-metal rockers and power ballads with an attitude that makes the typical alt-rock band of today seem polite. With a record number of first week sales, this very well may prove to be the best and most popular Bon Jovi album to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My new favorite Bon Jovi album!!

    I haven't been this happy since the New Jersey album came out! This has all the great rock sound you expect but definetly has a more modern feel. Only 2 slower paced songs on this album but the rest are great for turning up the volume and singing along! Richie Sambora, as usual, masterfully cranks out awesome sounds from his guitar and the Richie/Jon songwriting duo never disappoints. Bravo Bon Jovi!! I highly recommend you purchase this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have a Nice Day--better than nice!

    Bon Jovi has done it again with an incredible feel good album. I believe as an entire project this is their best work yet. What an emotional album! No question they have always produced exciting, fun music, which this album delivers, but it reveals their maturity as people and songwriters. The lyrics have meaningful, and shall I venture the descriptive—deep-- themes?! (Is this Bon Jovi? Yes, older and better!) Maybe that’s taking it too far for some of the songs, but the album displays skilled, creative, thoughtful songwriting, and may I imagine, written with a mix of love, grace, and the ever present Bon Jovi spirit! I have grown more in love with the Bon Jovi message, especially since this cd, which epitomizes everything their song writing has grown into! Their lyrics are simple and catchy, but the message is very clear: “Live life to the fullest!” A few songs have lingering scents of past hits, but most are updated to a contemporary rock sound, especially in the latter half. The creativity doesn’t end there -- the duet version of Who Says You Can’t Go Home and Last Cigarette reveal their open minded flirtation with country and older popular music sounds as well. Have a Nice Day is a kicker and hard to get out of your head! I Want to Be Loved is a universal winner. Welcome to Where You Are brought me to tears before the first round of the chorus. I enjoyed Last Man Standing on the box set and it is reworked here, a bit faster and edgier, and is a great song. The first half is so good , I have yet to fully discover all the gems in the songs not mentioned here, but they sound fabulous. This is one cd not to miss, even if you are not a long standing fan! There is not a song I don’t enjoy and that is something I can’t say about any of their previous albums! I hope they haven’t reached the pinnacle of their song writing because this is just really great music! **If you buy the dual disc make sure it is compatible with your equipment. There is a warning on the cover. I can play it on my computer and my ancient boom box, but not my dvd player or car!!!**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Last 80s Band Standing

    I think that Bon Jovi's new album continues to prove that they belong here still! Love the song 'Last Man Standing' because it sounds like the thought that's crossed through my head which is that they are probably the last 80s band who has been able to woo crowds of old and new to this day! I do believe we will see alot more of them in years to come. Bon Jovi was saved as the best for last and it's just great that they're not going away! This album shows their energy even more.. they still got it and they'll still perform for us to make us happy! The whole album is fantastic but my personal favourite is 'I Want To Be Loved' because it is a bit heavier which is what one normally associates the typical rock band to. They don't really have a rock ballad on this album but they do show new creativity with a duet with a country group so that's cool even though the typical rock ballad is missed by me personally! Bon Jovi.. let's change 'Bon' for the italian word 'Buono' which means good. GOOD MUSIC!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bon-Jovi 'Have A Nice Day"

    I absolutley love it! Every word , song, Note and the title says it all......in one way or another. I am glad I am a longtime Fan period.......:) ) I can not waite to see them live! So from me to you I say- Have A Nice Day! Sincerley RoniMarie

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