Q - 11/02, p.973 stars out of 5
- "...BOUNCE is the sound of a group who know what they're good at and why..."
Bon Jovi: Jon Bon Jovi (vocals); Richie Sambora (guitar, background vocals); David Bryan (keyboards); Hugh McDonald (bass); Tico Torres (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Sanctuary Sound II, New Jersey.
Additional personnel: Jerry Cohen, Andreas Carlsson, Samuel Waermo.
Producers: Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child, Andreas Carlsson.
"Misunderstood" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Personnel: Jon Bon Jovi (vocals, background vocals); Richie Sambora (guitar, background vocals); David Bryan (keyboards); Tico Torres (drums, percussion); Samuel Waermo, Luke Ebbin (programming).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sanctuary Sound II, NJ.
Photographer: Kevin Westenberg.
Unknown Contributor Role: John Kalodner.
While Jon Bon Jovi may not have much in common with the modern-day cowboys he writes of in his better-known songs, he and the band that bears his name are clearly the Comeback Kids. The mid-to-late-'90s found the band releasing lackluster fare, while 2002's BOUNCE brought Bon Jovi out of their slump. The album opens with pop metal bombast of a kind not heard since 1992's KEEP THE FAITH, as the band acknowledges the events of September 11th in "Undivided" and "Everyday." The crunchy, razor-sharp guitar playing and production on BOUNCE shines considerable light on Richie Sambora, who's playing gives any of today's newbie axemen a run for their money (especially on "Hook Me Up."). Building on that contemporary edge are collaborations with Andreas Carlsson (N Sync, Celion Dion) and longtime contributor Desmond Child. "Joey" is quintessential Bon Jovi storytelling, while "All About Loving You" and "Right Side Of Wrong" weigh in as requisite rock ballads.