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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

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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