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Circle [International Edition]
     

Circle [International Edition]

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by Bon Jovi
 

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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

Overview

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. [An International Edition was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2009
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602527245607
catalogNumber:
001370002

Tracks

  1. We Weren't Born to Follow
  2. When We Were Beautiful
  3. Work for the Working Man
  4. Superman Tonight
  5. Bullet
  6. Thorn in My Side
  7. Live Before You Die
  8. Brokenpromiseland
  9. Love's the Only Rule
  10. Fast Cars
  11. Happy Now
  12. Learn to Love

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
Obie O'Brien   Engineer
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Mike Rew   Engineer,Management
Scott Casey   Management
Ken Levitan   Management
Jack Rovner   Management
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Andy West   Art Direction
Alex Gibson   Engineer
Kristen Yiengst   Photo Coordination
Rhea Nanos   Management
Paul Korzilius   Management
Cheryl Braje   Management

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The Circle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this for a gift. Recipient is a hugh Bon Jovi fan and said this was a nice, enjoyable CD.
AuntSpanky0711 More than 1 year ago
I have been a Bon Jovi fan for a longtime and I find myself always going back to their early music. However, I just can't get enough of the new CD I love listening to the guys put their heart and soul into their music you hear it in Jon Bon jovi's voice and Richie's inspired guitar playing. They truly have stood the test of time, and the harshness of the critics eye. It's nice to have something that you can truly listen to time after time it never gets old.
NJ_Nan More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Bon Jovi fan so perhaps I'm too easy to please, but I love anything this band produces. Having just seen the band live last year, I'm even more into the music and I enjoy his new and old stuff. Great soundtrack for a road trip -- this music puts you in a great mood. Great classic rock and roll will never go out of style and I'm not forward to more Bon Jovi in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a Bon Jovi fan for a long time now. Everytime a new album comes out, I'm never disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the energy of the CD with solid R&R tracks. And more than all I love to hear back the guitar of Mr Sambora doing some great solos. Really a nice back to the roots. Defiently recoemded for any Bon Jovi fan.
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