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Old 05-21-2009, 02:20 PM
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Hey everybody I know alot of people dont like Bounce
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But anyway, the rock songs rock but the ballads just have no muscle to them.
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i've always liked bounce. it has a good mix of rock and ballads. undivided is a supreme opening as well. for me, it could be their best post 2000 effort ...
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Ah Bounce. I'll always remember the Bounce period fondly. It was the first Jovi album I bought on it's day of release, the first tour I followed, and my first show was August 7, 2003 on the Bounce Tour, so it was my first "ride" with the band, as it were. That being said, I think the album is below par, and is honestly way too fractured. It's obvious that the band was trying to ride on the success on It's My Life, while at the same time add more guitar, while giving social commentary on 9/11, and it all comes out to a mishmash. The album has several very good songs (Right Side of Wrong is one of my favorite BJ songs, The Distance, Misunderstood, Undivided, Bounce) some okay at times songs (Love Me Back To Life, You Had Me From Hello, Hook Me Up) and a couple that I'd be happy to never hear again (All About Loving You and Everyday, which are such inferior horrid Xerox's of TYFLYM and IML it's comical) I used to hate Open All Night as well, but I've recently found myself liking it lyrically. The point being though that there is NO flow to the album at all, it moves like a compilation record, and is one of the worst sequenced records ever in my opinion.
Like Brian, the time when Bounce was being recorded was about when I joined the Bon Jovi party (indeed, my first ever Jovitalk post was a thread entitled "Bounce? Who comes up with this stuff?" where I basically said it was a terrible title). And I agree with Javier that some of the promo shows for it were awesome, I've seen footage of Times Square, and I was at Wembley Arena the week after (my first Bon Jovi show), and I will maintain forever that the moment where the riff kicks in after the slow mournful start of Undivided live was an absolutely magical moment, back before anyone knew that some of the songs on here would be among the bands heaviest. When it first came out, I did actually declare this my favourite Bon Jovi album, a position which has loooooong since changed

As an album, it has ups and downs. The production and sequencing are definite bad points ... although I actually quite like some of the effects, the whole think sounds too muffled and flat. The three love ballads are all decidedly average-at-best (this coming from someone who used to love All About Lovin' You), and the fact that the majority of the songs are under four minutes is a travesty, considering how in the decade before, virtually every single the band released was over 5 minutes.

The good points: Just about all of the heavy songs are great, and the band sound invigorated to be playing them. The epic ballads (Right Side, and to a slightly lesser extent Joey) are well written pieces that hark back to 90s Bon Jovi. Misunderstood is a decent pop song, no more and no less. Overall, there are two main things that summarise what I like about this album: 1) The heavier feel of it, and 2) the experimentalism of it ... I hesitate to call it fearless because of the short pop-song structure of too many of the songs, and because they left off some of their most diverse material (Breathe, Postcards etc.), but it definitely covers more ground than any other album they've released this decade.

Overall, I'd say I prefer Crush, but not by a lot. Both have some great songs, and some songs that are definitely not as good, but I'd say Crush fares slightly better in its "middling" songs than Bounce does.

Sorry for the essay!
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I love it.... undivided is one of my favs. I think this album is the real BJ sound. And I remember that time when the attacks to the towers happened, the world was very bad and the political situation in my country was bad too... they did Bounce...I was very identified with this album and I love it, that's all...
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One thing I forgot to add, and I know this will get me yelled at here, but I think Misunderstood is one of the best singles the band released this decade. It's got a great hook, had a great video, interesting structure. I know a lot of people don't like it cause it falls more to the "pop" side, but this is just my two cents.
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I like the album. Some solid songs on it. Around Christmas time last year I was really into it. Had a big Love Me Back To Life thing going on.
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One thing I forgot to add, and I know this will get me yelled at here, but I think Misunderstood is one of the best singles the band released this decade. It's got a great hook, had a great video, interesting structure. I know a lot of people don't like it cause it falls more to the "pop" side, but this is just my two cents.
Absolutely love that song

And just when I thought the song couldn't get much better, I discover the single mix.
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Yeah, I have a sentiment to "Bounce", 'cause as I mentioned in some other thread that was my first rock album. And changed me. But it's not just the sentiment. I like the album very much. I think it's by far Bon Jovi's best record of 00's. Great, heavy rockers with short but full of energy solos. Two long, mid-tempo, epic songs with great solos nd lyrics. I'm not a fan of "All About Lovin' You" and I always fall asleep on "Open All Night"... But "Misunderstood" is really cool! The same with other songs on the album. And One more thing.. I think the best side of "Bounce" is the climat.. Full of camaraderie and moments when Jon and Richie are singing together sounds so magically on this album.
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Apalling album, beyond shit. If they're going to try and be all "heavy" and "rock" they should have some actual guitar solos and less shitty ballads.
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Love it. Best post-2000 album in my opinion. Only song I don't like is 'Love Me Back To Life'. 'All About Loving You' is so cheesy that it's loveable. 'Joey' and 'Right Side Of Wrong' are great, love the lyrics and they have that nice piano sound that gets me every time. 'Everyday' and 'Bounce' are decent, just think they have more power live. 'Misunderstood' was one of the first songs I liked by Bon jovi, back in 2002 when I was a young kid who liked all that pop stuff, however I still have affection for it and the video is tremendous.() 'Hook Me Up' is a great song which is just a fun song to listen too. 'Open All Night' and 'You Had Me From Hello' are average ballads, although I think the latter has a beautiful atmosphere to it. 'The Distance' is good, too, although it's hit and miss with me I must admit.

Undivided - Their second best post-2000 song, behind Just Older in my opinion.
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