1 of 5 thought this review was well written
With 2005's Have A Nice Day, Bon Jovi proved that they can still make the exact same radio friendly music they've made every since hair metal went out of style. With that being said, this album is basically the same generic not-too-hard-not-too-soft rock music we've come to expect from Bon Jovi.
From an overall standpoint, this album is just very uninteresting with a few standout rock tracks to keep it from being completely worthless. I Want To Be Loved has just enough melody to keep you hooked. But the best melodies on the entire album are found on Last Cigarette and Novocaine. The lyrics are understandable and the choruses and verses are all quite catchy. Another song, Wildflower, is a bit more unique. It's more of a soft, keyboard driven song, which is pretty nice to listen to. I Am is fun to listen to, though it's a little too emotional at times and can come off as cheesy. These are the album's high points.
The problem with the album is that each other song basically amounts to the same thing, a mid tempo rock song with two verses and a chorus that get sung too many times. This causes the listener to lose interest very fast. In some cases, songs can get too repetitive and annoying.
The largest flaw is the lyrics. I can understand what Jon Bon Jovi is saying 100% of the time, and it all ends up just being a little too lame. Sometimes the quality of lyrics can get so corny that you might expect a sixth grader to come up with that kind of thing.
"When your world comes crashing down/Like you've lost every round/Stand your ground and ring the bells of freedom."
"Why you wanna tell me how to live my life/Who are you to tell me if it's black or white?"
"When the world gets in my face I say HAVE A NICE DAY!"
If you're big on Bon Jovi and like their other recent work, I'd say this is right for you. But if you're looking for something new and you prefer music that you can find a little more interesting, then I'd suggest to stay away.