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One of the few lineups to make the leap from 1980s "hair band" into long-term semi-respectability, Bon Jovi's eighth studio album is somewhat true to the band's pop-metal roots, though Bounce is ultimately mellower and more theatrical than previous outings. "Undivided" might be a Tom Waits number, all gravelly vocals and booming drums hinting at a dark hipness before kicking into a commercial, lush chorus. Still, it's got a pleasing edginess, as does the toe-tapping, mechanized feel of "Everyday." Jon Bon Jovi's forays into film have clearly influenced Bounce. "You Had Me from Hello," the title nicked from Jerry Maguire, is spare, poignant, and gentle, while "The Right Side of Wrong" references Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and has a piano-heavy Springsteen-meets-Billy Joel feel. Typical ballads like "Joey" and "All About Loving You" also populate the album, which often feels like a singer-songwriter outing, or a movie soundtrack, rather than an album by a veteran rock band. Some of Bounce's bouncier tunes may still appeal to the now-middle-aged fans of the band's "Livin' on a Prayer" era, while the melodrama marking much of the album might lose those who prefer headbanging over Bon Jovi's more mellow and grandiose musical musings. --Katherine Turman
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Ok, now that Bounce is on the way to your house (for those of you who had previously contributed to the industry trend in declining record sales), let me tell you what to be ready for.
I wish one could rate halves. This album really is 4.5 stars.
First of all, the album is much better and less bland than Crush. It is also better than many of their albums, all of course which are are great anyway. As the self-proclaimed number one fan of Bon Jovi's MUSIC, I still say it doesn't have the musical aspirations of New Jersey and Keep the Faith, and although the songs may be better intended, it doesn't have the "classic-ness" of Slippery.
Bounce does, however, pack a punch. Always playing the game perfectly between musicality and commercialism, Bounce is almost a little TOO perfect, in terms of being the IDEAL modern day offspring of Slippery When Wet. Unfortunately, there's something about "modern day" that necessitates a decline in timelessness (9/11 inspirations not-withstanding). That said, Bounce doesn't sound dated, and they don't betray the roots that got them to where they are either. They don't use too much of 'the formula' so all they churn out is a stale throwback, but all will agree that this is a BON JOVI album, if there ever was any. So at the same time, they are not selling out and using all of the modern blips and bloops in the studio just to be accepted in the current day. The band cared about making viable music here, as they always do.
Which means, the "formula" to make Bounce is perfect.Read more ›
Everyday and Misunderstood are the two big tracks on this album and are pretty similar to their single versions. Undivided is about the people who lost brothers, mothers etc in the rubble and how they will unite and stand together. The Distance is another Sept 11 song. Joey is about a retarded kid who the singer makes friends with growing up then realises the kid's a bit of three's a crowd accessory as he has no other friends. All About Lovin' You isn't really about anything and is just an average love song. Hook Me Up has those words sung loudly and prominently as the chorus. Right Side of Wrong is a criminal's justification and regret after being captured after an armed robbery gone wrong during escape. Love Me back to life is just stupid, as is You Had me from Hello another average love song. Bounce is about not lying down but coming back again following the Sept 11 theme but done Wiggles style. Open All Night is all right about a guy being available to his girl all the time.
The second track is "Everyday". This is a cool, clean sounding song that reminds us to make the most of "Everyday". To dream, and to spread our wings and fly to accomplish those
Track number 3 is "The Distance". It is about how when you love somebody, NOTHING can or will stop you from being with them. That you will do whatever it takes to be with them, even if it means "going the Distance".
Track 4 is "Joey" and is about someone changing their life, and making it better, even though it is sometimes scary to do so.
Next, is the song "Misunderstood". It talks about how, in relationships, or life in general, that when someone gets mad at us, we shouldnt be too upset about it, because they just misunderstood us, because we had good intentions in doing what upset them in the first place.
Track number 6 is "All about lovin' you". This title says it all. It talks about dedicating our lives to those who we love.
Song number 7 is "Hook me up". It is about a young man who is seperated from the rest of the world, and reaches out to be part of it, and that whether you live in America, or in Afghanistan, we are all Brothers, who all have the same need....to be loved.
Song #8 is "The right side of wrong". This is a great song that has the feeling of Bon Jovi's classic "cowboy" mentality.
Song #9 is "Love me back to life".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
very nice music and I am glad that I have purchased it for my collection and I love Jon and his band and his music and the way all member's of band love to entertain the devoted... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2014 by Prague Castle
Bon Jovi's Bounce is a great album. The best songs on this album is Misunderstood, ALL ABOUT LOVIN' YOU and Everyday.
Bon Jovi shines with this album!!
There are not a lot of CD's that you can listen to every song and love ervey one. This CD is something out of this world. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by sammy
What can I say - this has got to be BJ best album so far.
But, this is just my opintion.
The best tracks that I like:
Love me back... Read more
BOUNCE is a great, highly inspirational album by Bon Jovi. The lyrics were inspired, for the most part, by 9/11, but they could be about struggle in general. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003
Bounce is full of different types of music. There are a few power ballads which Jon has masterfully perfected. There are a couple of songs which tell great stories. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003
This album is excellent. I like Bon Jovi, because I like soft rock. This album doesn't deserve five stars, because it includes a few poor songs.Published on Oct. 30 2003 by Ruta Butkute
BOunce is a dissapoitment, very weak.
Crush was much better, mor solid, more coehrent. Even the ballads in CRUSH were less sugar and corny than in BOUNCE, when they all sound... Read more