BON JOVI Bounce (Mercury 2002)
Hard to believe that this band have been around for twenty years now!
Their latest album is affected heavily by the events of Sep 11, none more
so than the opener ‘Undivided’. A driving rocker (there is a lot more guitar
on this album than recent Bon Jovi albums) about sticking together in tough
times. Jon Bon Jovi’s lyrics will never change the world but he progresses
with each album in maturity. The recent single ‘Everyday’ is one of the
heaviest tracks they have recorded and features plenty of modern production.
As usual it has one of those choruses that doesn’t leave your head after
first hearing. The anthemic ‘The Distance’ is next, mellow verses and a
rockin’ chorus, all underpinned by some subtle strings. The ballad ‘Joey’ is
a typical Bon Jovi ballad and nothing really special.
‘Misunderstood’ follows a pop rocker path and another tale of love! ‘Hook
Me Up’ kicks-off with a heavy riff and bizarrely this song’s structure
reminds me of the Cult! The ballad ‘Right Side of Wrong’ starts with Jon Bon
Jovi singing over a piano, then the strings start and it builds into an epic
climax, then ends on a piano outro. One of the best ballads they have
recorded. ‘Bounce’ lives up to it’s title as it fairly bounces along! A top
notch pop rocker.
A fine Bon Jovi album, who have chosen to remain upbeat in their
outlook. This is one of the heaviest albums they have produced and is a must
for Bon Jovi fans. If you have been a cynic of the band in the past try
this, a fine melodic rock album.
Review by Jason Ritchie