First listen: 5 new Bon Jovi songs sh...

First listen: 5 new Bon Jovi songs short on rock, long on cliche

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wizardofosrin

Miami, FL

#1 Jan 29, 2013
When did this band start taking themselves so seriously?

http://exm.nr/T6sOFN
Buzzed

Winnipeg, Canada

#2 Jan 29, 2013
Just a heads up that each time this link is clicked on, this pathetic "Journalist" makes money because of it. I'm not going to click on it (because I have no interest in reading his crap) but if anyone out there can't resist the urge to click, how about you copy and paste the article here so that no one else has to click on it and line this guys pockets.
Krista

Brockton, MA

#3 Jan 29, 2013
Here you go, I figured the 1 click may save many from clicking....

As a performer, you know you’re in deep trouble when People Magazine gives you two out of five stars in a review of your work.

Which is exactly what the celeb magazine did when they gave Bon Jovi’s new single 'Because We Can' a review which pointed out that it falls short of the ‘rock anthem’ punch the band has thrived on for decades.

Of course, the song has to be taken in the context of their upcoming work “What About Now” and how it plays well with, or separates itself from the whole.

Which might be a problem, because after listening to five of the new songs from last week’s BBC Radio performance, the rock appears to have rolled into middle age and 'Because We Can' may be the strongest song on the CD in terms of commercial viability.

In pre-performance interviews, Richie Sambora characterized the new music as a ‘natural evolution’ of the band.
Bon Jovi BBC Radio 2013 performace
Bon Jovi BBC Radio 2013 performace

Of the five songs sampled for this piece, it’s more like a regression to a point between ‘Lost Highway’ and ‘The Circle’.

Sad to say but everything on their previous “The Circle” record is stronger than “What About Now”,“Amen”,“That’s What The Water Made Me’,‘Army of One’, and “What’s Left of Me” with the exception of ‘Bullet’.

Even the singles crafted for the 'Greatest Hits' collection---'This Is Love This Is Life' and 'No Apologies' in particular---sound more like Bon Jovi than those played live for the BBC.

“What About Now” sounds like ‘Lost Highway’s tougher older brother.

Though well-crafted, it is clear that Jon Bon Jovi’s voice is feeling the wear and tear of thirty years of belting out songs. Many will argue,'he sounds great','his voice sounds strong' but in truth his vocal register is an entire octave lower with each record, and judging by the BBC video, he seems to be straining to hit the minimally highest note.

One of the staples of any Bon Jovi song is guitarist Richie Sambora adding his clean lines to a song in solo, and this is the first Bon Jovi song in recent memory where he doesn’t.

While it probably will be fuller and more driving on record, one wonders how this song would muscle up social conscience with the backing of a Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes horn section.

‘Amen’ is akin to ‘The Circle’s ‘Hallelujah’ with a nice acoustic accompaniment by Richie Sambora, but again no solo.

Sure to be a hit with the band’s enormous female fan base, Jon strongly hits the refrain higher notes because he’s starting lower. If ever a song screamed for Lorenza Ponce or a slide guitar accompaniment, this is it.

“What’s Left of Me” has the freshest sound and the most rock sensibility in it of the five reviewed, though fans who grew tired of 'It's alright, It's alright' in 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' will cringe at the thought of what multiple 'Hey Hey's' will do to crowd participation in concert.

“That’s What The Water Made Me” is possibly the most confusing song lyrically Bon Jovi has ever written since “I heard your suitcase say goodbye” line in ‘I'll Be There For You'(note: suitcases can't speak).

“That’s what the water made me

That’s who I am and what I’ll be”..

What exactly is that?

A manatee?

Tadpole?

Are we talking baptismal water or a tsunami?

Though a great melody with a driving beat the lyrics here are as trite as can be.

In all likelihood when ‘What About Now’ is released the production values will be up to the usual excellent Bon Jovi standards of rich layered vocals over tight reliable musicianship.

And in fairness, performing these songs live is still new to the band, so no one can say for sure if the live sound is doing justice to what was laid down in the studio.

Yet still one has to wonder: when did such a fun-loving band with so much upbeat grit and determination start taking themselves so seriously? One man’s social commentary is another man’s nap time.
Krista

Brockton, MA

#4 Jan 29, 2013
Here’s to hoping the other five tracks on ‘What About Now' leave the social commentary to Bruce Springsteen and possess some of the thrilling eclectic sounds that were created on Richie Sambora’s ‘Aftermath of the Lowdown” so they can at least look like they are having fun making and playing music again.

“Don’t know how

Don’t know what

Don’t know why”.

“Army of One” is the closest thing to an anthem of the ones performed. Defiance, optimism, and good old fashioned stick-to-itism is what Bon Jovi does best and this song is sure to instill hope in the desperate and provide an emotional lift to the depressed.
C-Town

Mansfield, OH

#5 Jan 29, 2013
If I can correct the "journalist", looks like People magazine gave Because We Can 2.5 out of 4 stars in the issue I have.
Filomena

Burlington, Canada

#6 Jan 29, 2013
That song is great. Wonder who paid that "journalist" to give that song such a low rating?

At the end of the day, BJ fans rule and decide for themselves. I'm hearing the song everywhere, so that is a very good sign.
PAfan

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Jan 29, 2013
Glrnn Osrin is bipolar! One week he is kissing the band's butt hoping to get backstage access and the next he is playing reviewer and panning the songs. Guess he was refused a pass again. My advice, go back to Starbuck's and make lattes.
Charlotte

Orlando, FL

#8 Jan 29, 2013
PAfan wrote:
Glrnn Osrin is bipolar! One week he is kissing the band's butt hoping to get backstage access and the next he is playing reviewer and panning the songs. Guess he was refused a pass again. My advice, go back to Starbuck's and make lattes.
I think he does have some sort of personality disorder he is on twitter and is always fighting with someone. I ended up blocking him.
dream87

Leimen, Germany

#9 Jan 30, 2013
This wanna-be "journalist" should stick to his day job. Each article is more ridiculous than the last.
Jovi-Girl

Australia

#10 Jan 30, 2013
Because we Can is getting alot of air play where i live back here in Australia.
Karen

Northampton, UK

#11 Jan 30, 2013
PAfan wrote:
Glrnn Osrin is bipolar! One week he is kissing the band's butt hoping to get backstage access and the next he is playing reviewer and panning the songs. Guess he was refused a pass again. My advice, go back to Starbuck's and make lattes.
I agree that this guy obviously dosen't know whether he's coming or going because usually he thinks everything the band does is fabulous. However, he does have a point about the songs we've heard so far. None of them fall into the catagory of 'rock' and are very much of the pop persuasion. Because We Can is particularly bad and is getting zero airplay in the UK. The press releases have put massive positive spin on things saying it's got to No 1 in X number of Countries but that was very much the week it was released and I think has pretty much disappeared without trace since. The other songs I've heard are very catchy and have been stuck in my head since but I think that is usually a bad sign. I long for a song like Keep The Faith that has the bands usual optimism but it rocks like nothing we have really heard since!
Bon Jovi

East Brunswick, NJ

#12 Jan 31, 2013
Who is this Chucking Prick?

Half his facts are wrong and he knows a little too much about this band to not be a big fan!
Jamie

Kenya

#13 Feb 3, 2013
I have never read anything else this journalist has written or tweeted or anything, but if he knows so much about the band then maybe he is just disappointed and saying his opinion. I'm a BJ fan but I don't like ANY of those new songs and that's too bad but I don't feel like even buying this album. Just my opinion and it doesn't mean I'm a hater so please don't slam for saying what I think.

Since: Feb 07

Oshawa, Canada

#14 Feb 5, 2013
I've said it before and I'll say it again...

I have absolutely ZERO use for this blogger ever since he belittled JBJ and made fun of him on twitter, the night he tore his calf muscle at NMS #4.
ksluvbj

Toronto, Canada

#15 Feb 5, 2013
mgemay wrote:
I've said it before and I'll say it again...
I have absolutely ZERO use for this blogger ever since he belittled JBJ and made fun of him on twitter, the night he tore his calf muscle at NMS #4.
I didn't know that...what did he say ??

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