What About Now

The 12th Bon Jovi album extends the Springsteen liberalism in JBJ's stadium­rattling Jersey cheese into full-on "social commentary" (his term). "What About Now" and "I'm With You" are rousingly vague got-your-back anthems. But the songs also have a countrified contemplative side; on "Because We Can," the working-class heroes are a couple trying to save their marriage, and "What's Left of Me" decries the passing of punk club CBGB à la Springsteen lamenting Giants Stadium – "All that's left are the T-shirts, and they come from Japan." Hey, Obama, bring back the rock T-shirt manufacturing sector, now!

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