North American pressing features one track unavailable on any other pressing, 'Who Says You Can't Go Home?' (featuring Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland). Both Bon Jovi's band rendition and this duet are featured on the disc. 'Multi-Grammy nominees Bon Jovi return with their 14th release, Have A Nice Day. The album's first single release, 'Have A Nice Day', is produced by John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi, and Richie Sambora. Shanks was voted Producer of the Year at this year's 2004 Grammy Awards. Island. 2005.
What does a wildly successful purveyor of 80s big hair power ballads do in an ensuing decade dominated by fervent shoe-gazing and other attendant alt.cliches? If youre Jon Bon Jovi, you scale back your bands ambitions, retool yourself as surprisingly accomplished indie film and TV actor, and (mostly) wait for the pop music tides to turn in your favor again. But JBJ and guitarist/collaborator Richie Sambora didnt let their bands lukewarm 90s fortunes dampen their knack for hook-savvy songcraft, as this muscular anthem-fest argues at virtually every turn. BJs songs here may be as infectious as ever, yet theyre seldom mere confections, often infused with alternating doses of bracing cynicism (the title tracks sarcastic riposte to the 04 election) and reflective, often bittersweet takes on histories both personal and otherwise. If it sometimes stoops to formula--the droning, metallic ethos of the obligatory big ballad "I Am" cant overcome some equally perfunctory lyricsits also an album with its share of warm surprises, be they unexpected nods to Dylan ("Last Man Standing," the acoustic idealism of "Bells of Freedom"), the hard-edged "I Want to Live" or a winning duet with Sugarlands
Jennifer Nettles, "Who Says You Cant Go Home." Bon Jovi may deliver a sonically burnished triumph here by largely going back to the future--yet does it with one ear crucially cocked towards the anxious energy of the recent past. -- Jerry McCulley