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What About Now

March 12, 2013

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...

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The Circle

November 11, 2009

Bon Jovi are billing their 11th album as a back-to-rock move, following on the heels of 2007's country-tinged Lost Highway, which featured duets with Music City stars. It does rock — if your idea of rock is Aerosmith doing Diane Warren songs. Predictable...

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Lost Highway

June 11, 2007

Bet you didn't notice, but Bon Jovi had a Number One country hit last year. The Jersey boys remade "Who Says You Can't Go Home" as a duet with the great Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and watched it turn into a much bigger hit than the rock version. Which...

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September 25, 2002

The pleasures of Bon Jovi are inseparable from their limitations: They will always find a way to please the crowd. The same lack of subtlety that produces supremely catchy choruses also leads to a ballad titled "You Had Me From Hello." Updating its pop-rock...

Album Review

These Days

February 2, 1998
Not Rated

Bon Jovi are the musical equivalent of romantic films like While You Were Sleeping: You realize you're being shamelessly manipulated by the script, but you cry anyway. For proof, hear "Hey God," the opening track on These Days. Here are Bon Jovi, a band...

Album Review

Slippery When Wet

November 7, 1990
Not Rated

How many clichés can you squeeze into a pop song? Probably not as many as Jon Bon Jovi can. Listen to "Raise Your Hands," from his new album Slippery When Wet. (I know, that's two already, but titles don't count.) Bon Jovi lets loose with nasty...

Album Review

Have A Nice Day

October 7, 2009

The girls who grooved to Slippery When Wet back in 1986 have gotten married and bought SUVs, but Bon Jovi have kept their arena anthems simple and sweaty — so much so that hating the New Jersey quartet seems silly at this point. Have a Nice Day,...

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July 7, 2004

The Nineties were not a kind decade to Bon Jovi. The Slippery When Wet boys managed only a couple of underwhelming records, while Jon Bon Jovi's career as an indie-film actor ranks with Ethan Hawke's novel and Fabio's album as a landmark of celebrity...

Album Review

One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001

May 22, 2001
Not Rated

Jon Bon Jovi has never been very high on rock's list of bad-ass mofos, so it's not altogether shocking that it took fifteen or so years for him to find — as the title of this live collection implies — One Wild Night to look back on. Truth...

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New Jersey

November 4, 1992

Take a look at the charts: metal rules. And as the metal heap has gotten higher, it has also widened to the point that it can include such disparate bands as Bon Jovi and Metallica. Some might see no difference at all between the two bands, but to your...

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Blaze of Glory

October 4, 1990

The suburban pop babes who have made Bon Jovi huge probably think that Apaches and cattle rustling are about as rad as Al Jolson or The Perils of Pauline — so why Blaze of Glory? Apparently, Jovi was "inspired" by Young Guns II, which, according...