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The Real Meets The Ideal 13 August 2002
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Ever since their self-titled debut album came out in 1984, Bon Jovi have churned out songs about the triumphs and struggles of young working-class America. It's where Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates came from, and for many years the singer's experiences and dreams provided abundant subject matter for rousing anthems and heartfelt ballads.

But when former common folk turn into superstars, sometimes it's hard for them to really still empathize with the everyman. That might explain why on his band's new album, Bounce, due October 8, Jon Bon Jovi has once again tapped into what he knows, and it's a combination of what's real and what's ideal.

This time he's not only crooning about working the nine-to-five, growing older and staying true to oneself. He's also getting inspired by what he's seen on TV and in the movies. Considering the political volatility that occurred during the disc's creation, he couldn't help but address what he saw on the news in the wake of September 11. The title Bounce comes from the idea of bouncing back after a tragedy and re-emerging stronger, wiser and more resilient than before. And the leadoff track, "Undivided," is specifically about the World Trade Center attacks.

"That was my brother lost in the rubble/ That was my sister lost in the crush/ That was our mothers, those were our children/ That was our fathers, that was each of us," he sings. But like his pal and idol Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi doesn't dwell on the misery; instead, he examines the good that can come out of such evil. "Where we once were divided, now we stand united," he sings over a rousing chorus.

Other songs were more directly culled from Hollywood. The title "You Had Me From Hello" borrowed from a line in the movie "Jerry Maguire," and the Meatloaf-like love song "Open All Night" is based on the fictional relationship his character in "Ally McBeal" had with the heroine of the show.


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