Track Listing
Undivided
Everyday
The Distance (2)
Joey
Misunderstood
All About Lovin' You
Hook Me Up
Right Side Of Wrong
Love Me Back To Life (3)
You Had Me From Hello
Bounce (1)
Open All Night

(*) Best Tracks

Discography & (Rank)
Bon Jovi (5)
7800 Degrees Fahrenheit (8)
Slippery When Wet (1)
New Jersey (2)
Keep The Faith (3)
Crossroad
These Days (4)
Crush (7)
One Wild Night
Bounce (6)

Buy it if you liked:
Bon Jovi - Crush

Line Up
Jon Bon Jovi: Vocals
Richie Sambora: Guitar
David Bryan: Keyboards
Tico Torres: Drums
Hugh McDonald: Bass
BON JOVI
Bounce
Island / Mercury
Produced By: Bon Jovi, Desmond Child
Running Time: 49.06 Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date: Out Now Released: WORLD
WebLink: Bon Jovi LabelLink: Island
84%

Bon Jovi are back with a new album, released in a relatively short time since their last studio album Crush in 2000.
Let's get straight to the point - Bounce is a better album than Crush, but it still could have been even better.
Jovi, Sambora & Co. haven't sold the amount of records they have for no reason - these are smart guys and they know what sells. So once again, the style might be a little different, but the formula that has served them well since Keep The Faith is alive and well.
Bounce sees another updating of the band's sound, just as they did on Keep The Faith and Crush. This time the rockers take on the contemporary modern rock guitar sound of such bands as Creed.
The slower ballad/mid tempo tracks are typical Bon Jovi, but several have the added charm of featuring heavy orchestration. That touch adds some much needed texture to those tracks and makes them more memorable.
But in similar fashion to their last album Crush, Bounce features several low points.
Basically I am referring to the heard it all before ballads that detract from the album's possibilities. Basically, Bon Jovi keep talking up the rock credibility, but have yet to fully come through. At this point, they are more talk, less rock!
Having said that, even the these ballads I'm complaining about are of better and more consistent quality than the last few albums.
Jon's vocals are spot on and Richie again proves he is one of rock's best ever guitarists, making his mark on both the rockers and the ballads with ease -complete with his updated 2002 guitar sound.
The album opens with one of the heaviest guitar tunes of Bon Jovi's career. Undivided is a September 11 inspired anthem of American pride features a killer heavy Creed like guitar sound, that reverts to a more traditional Jovi hard rock sound for the verse. Good album opener and great uptempo hard rocker that most fans of Jovi should adopt as their new fists in the air anthem.
Everyone is already familiar with the single Everyday, another good uptempo rocker with a modern edge. It's certainly a darker sound than It's My Life.
The album flows easily into The Distance, a rock track that is as much an anthem as it is a uptempo ballad. This track is certainly a highlight of the album. The soft, acoustic driven verse gives way to a huge guitar driven anthem chorus that also features some excellent orchestration, taking the song into another level.
A great rock anthem, with a big memorable chorus that isn't too heavy that it won't attract new fans when it is inevitably released as a single. Tracks like this are why Bon Jovi are still relevant in 2002.
Well, it's been 3 tracks, so a ballad must be next and sure enough, Joey fits that bill. No complaints with the album so far and this track isn't about to change that. This mid-tempo rock track again features excellent orchestration and prominent positioning of some David Bryan's piano. Another solid chorus in a 'storyteller' type song reminiscent of the New Jersey album.
The tempo of the last two tracks continues with Misunderstood. This is another mid-tempo rock ballad that features a solid lead vocal in the verse and a great bridge leading into a wonderful vocal hook lead chorus. A heartfelt uptempo ballad, and one of the better I have heard from the band.
Now might have been a good time for another big rocker, but unfortunately it's time for the obligatory slow, lighter-in-the-air ballad Bon Jovi have become all too famous for. All About Lovin' You interrupts the flow of the album with a very standard tired example of the formula used far to often previously. Granted it's a solid lead vocal from Jon and a sweet track, but heard it all before - skip...
Hook Me Up is that rock track I could have used one track earlier But here it is and boy, that guitar sound and accompanying rhythm really does pound the hell out of my speakers. Great stuff. Love the sound and the song sounds promising, especially as the verse builds to the climax you know is coming. And yeah, the chorus arrives and it rocks, but truth be told - it's actually pretty weak and unconvincing. It's a much needed rocker, but falls short as far as quality control.
This is where I get frustrated with Bon Jovi. After only one rocker, it's straight back into power ballad territory, with Right Side Of Wrong - another formula tear jerker. The pace of the album is delt another blow, when the guys really should have swapped this track for another rock track. The mid-song guitar solo doesn't save it. Skip...
God, another slow ballad. C'mon guys - the album's tempo is all but lost now. Power ballad number 3 is Love Me Back To Life. Two things about this track. First - it's awesome - it's one of the band's best rock ballads, with ton's of attitude and a great hook and that excellent orchestration again. But the impact is totally lost because of the overload of ballads.
Don't skip this track, ballad or not, it's all class. Instead, skip You Had Me From Hello. The title was a dead give away and worried me from the beginning. Jon Bon Jovi knows how to coin a phrase for a cleaver lyric, but given that we have already passed through 2 slow ass ballads and 2 rock ballads, this is just plain boring. I think some will disagree with me, as it's an acoustic ballad with a sweet message, but again, any possible good is lost due to the overflow of similarly paced tracks.
Now Bounce is more like it!! Yeah, this is one huge ass rocker that grabs you by the balls from the opening guitar riff and doesn't let go for 3 minutes 12 seconds.
A big ass anthem in the vein on It's My Life, this track will make it out as a single and will be huge. One of the catchiest tracks of the year.
Maybe the album is back on track - Bounce leaves you feeling like it is and pumps you up ready for another big rock to close the album.
But no! For the love of God! Once again, all momentum is totally killed with another slow ass, dead boring formula ballad. Why was this included in the album? Why was it positioned here, right after the album's best track? Open All Night is just another heard it all before slow Jovi ballad. Skip...
But that's it. The album is done.
Unfortunately that's it folks. 4 rockers, 6 ballads and 2 mid tempo tracks.
I really like Jovi's rock ballads and I like their mid tempo tracks, but there are just too many slow tracks here to make this album a classic.
Yes, it's their best since Keep The Faith, but it's not a dead set classic as there was still so much more potential.
That is made all to clear by the tracks that haven't made the album. I'll refer to these tracks shortly and they have no bearing on the score given to the album as a whole (12 tracks), but upon hearing them, there is easily 2 or 3 tracks that could have replaced some or all of the ballads: All About Lovin' You, Love Me Back To Life, You Had Me From Hello and Open All Night.

No Regrets is an excellent rocker that is featured as a Japanese bonus track and on one of the Everyday CD Singles. The song features a soft verse that builds into a rousing anthem chorus with a feel good vibe that would have been perfect for the album. In fact, there would have been no other track like it on the album!
Postcards From The Wasteland is an average slow to mid tempo ballad that is featured on the Japanese version (again ending the album on a sour note).
Standing is a pretty cool uptempo rocker with a catchy chorus and solid guitar sound.
Another Reason is an original sounding rock track that would have been an asset to the album. The chorus is a rousing soulful example of the band trying something different.
Breathe is another mid-tempo rock ballad, but easily eclipses the quality of at least 2 of the album ballads.
Lucky is another interesting mid tempo rock track, with a heavy accent on the Beatlesque/Oasis type of sing-along pop rocker. Very commercial.
We Can Dance is an acoustic slow to mid tempo ballad, but once again, is original enough to warrant replacing one of the album's more predictable ballads with this. A catchy song with a sweet vibe.

The Bottom Line
I expected Bounce to rock hard, especially after the ballad free Live album and the awesome radio response to It's My Life. It seems the band had other ideas.
As good as BJ's ballads are - don't we have enough of them already?
Granted, these are some of the band's best and there are a couple of variations on the typical sound - in fact, 2 of these ballads are 2 of the band's best ever. The rest....skip.
BUT the inclusion of the rest and the relegation of tracks like No Regrets and Lucky to simple B-Sides is criminal!
The album is as solid as the last few. But once again it's short on promises and overloaded with slow tracks.
Sundries - great artwork and solid running time - lousy track sequencing. The pace of the album never had a chance.

Additional Ratings
Songwriting
86%
Attitude
80%
Production
90%
Sundries
75%

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