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What About Now (Deluxe Version)

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What About Now

Bon Jovi are my favourite band, (I'm 20), and have been for years. I am however, worried that they are going to much like POP.

Incredible songs, I just think they need bigger guitar solos, harder rock songs again

Not as good as the fanboy reviewers like to make out

This album is so far removed from anything Bon Jovi have done before it's staggering. Some may see this as a good thing. However if you look at the actual composition of the songs, the production and the sound of the album it is actually not very good. Production-wise, it is far too over-produced. Too clean, too much post-processing, not enough real rock sound. The songs themselves sound like they are almost all ballads instead of the tried-and-tested mix of hard-rock belters and ballads that previous albums had. There are a couple of songs which are genuinely great songs and should be acknowledged as such (I'm With You and That's What the Water Made Me) and some of the other songs are 'nice' (that's the only way I can describe them - pleasant, enjoyable, but entirely unremarkable). What I want to know is where is the edge? Where is the style? Bon Jovi have always delivered this, even on more recent albums criticised for being a bit too 'poppy' and less 'rock' they kept the edge. Here in this album it has completely disappeared.

I'm not sure if it was their intention to do this, but they are narrowing the gap considerably between themselves and run-of-the-mill pop bands that tend to exist due to shows like X-Factor. As a business model, fine, it probably works. However, as a band that was made rich and famous by a loyal fanbase, it's incredibly unfair, as they are no longer catering for this fanbase. Only true fanboys will review this album with unlimited praise. It's a sad fact about this band- you have half of the fanbase who actually like good rock music and the other half who are more into Jon Bon Jovi and the image of the band, who praise them no matter what.

Summary: To call this album 'disappointing' would be an understatement. To call it flat-out awful would be a lie. To call it amazing and fresh would be wishful thinking by devoted fans. The truth is it is ok. It's just a real shame that one of the last great rock bands has gone down this road of making pop music rather than rock music.

Few redeeming features!!!

For the last 20+ years I have looked forward to the day a new Bon jovi album was to be released. After the last few albums and the single I was a little concerned about today, and sadly it was as I feared! A pop album with few redeeming features. I have said before that I don't want slippery or new jersey 2, but something deeper and more grown up like These Days would seem apt for the sort of things we are seeing today. Hell, I would even settle for something like Bounce and that wasn't the guys finest hour!

The songs are light, poppy and have no real substance. It is not that the songs are bad in themselves, but it is such a one paced dull album, with nothing to make it stand out, that each lightweight number merges with the next.

I cannot tell you how gutted I am to write this about a band I have idolised for 25 years!

Thank god for Aftermath of the Lowdown!

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Sayreville, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After ushering in the era of pop-metal with their 1986 blockbuster Slippery When Wet and its hit singles "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Living on a Prayer," Bon Jovi wound up transcending the big-haired '80s, withstanding changes in style and sound to become one of the biggest American rock bands of their time — selling over 120 million albums worldwide and sustaining their popularity well into the new millennium. As the times changed, so did the band's sound. They...
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