Bon Jovi Bounce Review

Album. Released 8 October 2002.  

BBC Review

From the opening heavy drum beat of the first song 'Undivided' to the final guitar...

Morwenna Fisher 2002

Bon Jovi's massive fan base have had to wait two long years for this, Bon Jovi's first release since 2000's Crush. Bounce shouldn't disappoint their die hard fans as the band doesn't stray far from their trademark sound that made them famous the world over. They stick to the winning recipe; a healthy mixture of rock anthems and sultry ballads that's sure to get the guys 'n' girls playing air guitar to every song.

From the opening heavy drum beat of the first song "Undivided" to the final guitar solo of the last track "Open All Night" this is unmistakably Bon Jovi; radio-friendly hard rock. This first song is lyrically the weakest song on the album with Jovi's repeated chorus: 'one for love, one for truth...' It is quite a dark and uninspiring opening track which sets the tone for an album that is influenced by the events of September 11th. Thankfully, the next track and recent single, "Everyday", is much more of a pop rock song with its unusual opening bars, slightly offbeat drumming and catchy chorus. It's set to become another of their anthems, easily sitting alongside such legends as "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Keep The Faith".

"Everyday", "Love Me Back to Life" and "Bounce" are all upbeat, loud tracks with superb power chords, a big drumbeat and Jovi's unmistakable vocals that ooze good clean American fun. You won't be able to stop your feet tapping and your hands playing imaginary drums.

However, the rest of the album is more mellow and reflective compared to their previous albums. Gone are the wild celebratory songs that can be heard on Crush and Keep the Faith and in their place there is a bleaker, even sombre sound. The ballads here, "You Had Me From Hello" and "All About Lovin' You", don't quite hit the mark and are not in the same league as classics "Always" and "Bed of Roses".

All in all Bounce is an album every Bon Jovi fan should have in their collection, the cover and booklet are pretty fantastic for a start. They haven't broken down any barriers here, but they have once again successfully bridged the gap between heavy metal and stadium rock.

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