Bon Jovi
What About Now


2.0
poor

Review

by Antonius USER (27 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 03/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Keeping the brand name alive

Did you actually believe that Bon Jovi would release an album similar to their 80s style? For any fan which ''NO'' represents their answer, then judgment and comparisons must be made from ''These Days'' and onwards. This was the actual point where the band changed direction and style so comparing it with earlier records would not make sense. It is immediately recognisable that the band uses the same formula that it has been using the last decade or so: same material, ideas and style. All result into recycled music re-worked and patched to reach your ears, aiding to reach full capacity of arenas at the respective tour. Any of these songs could have been included in ''Crush'', ''Bounce'', ''Have a Nice Day'', etc but instead they find their way to a new album.

Like it or not, the inaugural (and single) ''Because We Can'' is one of the albums' best moments, as you'll realise after hearing the album once. Along with the self-titled ''What About Now'' and ''That's What The Water Made Me'' this trio represents the radio-friendly 'gladiators' that will be thrown in the arena of mainstream rock and be called to survive. As a close ally to them only the closing (and rather differential) ''Every Road Leads Home to You'' can stand. This may not be Sambora's best effort but at least is a decent one, which makes me wonder why he did not lead the vocals at least in one song in each of the last 6 albums.

The rest of the songs move along the paths of ballads and moderate paced tempos. Some like ''Pictures of You'' and ''Beautiful World'' are uplifting and have the vibe but it is obvious that they still missing something. Although ''Thick as Thieves'' and ''Room at the End of The World'' are sympathetic, they have the unique ability to leave you totally uninterested. Others like ''Amen'', ''The Fighter'' and ''Not Running Anymore'' are typical post-00s ballads of the band which in other times fans loved, however they do not engage you enough to sympathize with their material.

''Army of One'' is a song that could have been resulted into something great. It has that spark in the opening seconds with a simple drum filling pattern which builds up the intensity nicely. Just at the moment where you expect it to explode, after a short snare fill you hear the pattern repeating itself. Unfortunately, that's the style of the whole song. Not impressive at all. Also not impressive was the song ''What's Left of Me''. It will not take much time and effort for an all-time fan to recognise the similarities with previous hits as ''Who Says You Can't Go Home'' or even ''Someday I'll Be Saturday Night''. I'm sure there are much more.

For the record, the album debuted at #1 in the US but only time can tell if it's hits will be included in a best-of list. Backed up with vibe and excitement this release comes to add up to their multi-platinum career. However, the lack of originality is surely an element that will be criticised and Bon Jovi must find an answer to this.



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other reviews of this album
H. (1)
Just because you can doesn't mean you should....

Deuce8311 (2.5)
A career spanning three decades could offer so much more than another average release....

Alex Beebe (1.5)
You can just hear the midlife crisis....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Cygnatti
March 22nd 2013


21870 Comments


absolutely shit album.

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


4507 Comments


dismal

Hoppoman
March 22nd 2013


654 Comments


This is what happens when a band loses a bassist in 1994, and never bothers to replace him.

Cygnatti
March 22nd 2013


21870 Comments


this is what happens when a band sucks and has always sucked since the beginning and, for god knows
why, continues to make horrid music.

Chortles
March 22nd 2013


18058 Comments


we're halfway there

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henryChinaski
March 23rd 2013


2837 Comments


"'Because We Can' is one of the albums' best moments". Wow really? I hate that song haha. Nice review.

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Antonius
March 23rd 2013


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king henry my friend

Cygnatti
March 23rd 2013


21870 Comments


""'Because We Can' is one of the albums' best moments". Wow really? I hate that song haha. Nice review."

shitty shitty song

Antonius
March 23rd 2013


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king''

Antonius
March 23rd 2013


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I got your resentment from your first comment bro

AshArcher
March 24th 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I wonder how many people have actually heard this album before giving it a negative review. I love it, but I can understand why a lot of people reckon it's average or not a brilliant record. But it's not awful either

RunOfTheMill
March 24th 2013


1541 Comments


Nice review, pos'd. Will not check out.

danielcardoso
July 5th 2013


2567 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Your summary says it all.
I'm With You is actually awesome, but that's all.

Antonius
July 5th 2013


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Everyone seems to like a different song in this album, but all agree is bad

danielcardoso
July 5th 2013


2567 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Antonius This album is extremely disappointing
I have always loved Bon Jovi, but they've been releasing bad album after bad album
Imo, these are their best albums: These Days; New Jersey; Slippery; Keep the Faith

Antonius
July 7th 2013


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yes I'm a big fan of Bon Jovi as well and I would say that I like many songs in their '00s era, Up to 'Have a Nice Day' album I find enjoyable songs. I think its from the 'Lost Highways' album that I've become less enthusiastic about them

danielcardoso
July 8th 2013


2567 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I have the same opinion. Have a Nice Day was nothin' special, and then things have been hard to watch...

Antonius
July 8th 2013


245 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yes nothing but special, but still you could listen to it. Everything after that is unbearable!

EaglesBecomeVultures
July 8th 2013


5269 Comments


5'd

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danielcardoso
July 8th 2013


2567 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I doubt you 5'd this...



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