Sound — 10
Bon Jovi's 8th studio album, "Bounce" punched through after the 9/11 attacks and the result? A heavier back to basics Bon Jovi. From the opening track "Undivided", came Jon's growling vocals, a bombast of Richie's layered guitars, David's sampling and various sounds, Tico's booming drums and Hugh's thumping bass lines. It only begins there, afterwards the first single "Everyday" provides a sampling of Richie's talkbox via Pro Tools and Luke Ebbin's production. "Everyday" is a unique heavier Bon Jovi single, just the way most if not all fans enjoy from their jersey band. "The Distance" provides monstrous riffs, simple? Yes, Effective? Yes. Richie does not dissapoint here. The very sound of that 1958 Flying V Korina Richie played throughout "Bounce" is imminent on almost every track, Joey, Hook Me Up(A great hard rock/metal tune), Love me back to Life, and finally the title track Bounce, again all of which contain a crunch or two. Bounce's cover plainly showcases what's to come, the VLA's, Lightning, and some clothing style. Nothing compares to Bounce's sound so far from the boys from New Jersey, something that comes close would be 1992's "Keep The Faith", but that's another story.
Lyrics — 9
Jon and Richie provide some detailed story telling here. The 9/11 inspired tune "Undivided" contains simple yet catchy lyrics, but nothing too special. Tunes such as "Joey" and "Right Side Of Wrong" emmit a welcoming flavour which brings you in and sits you down like a child back in your elementary school days. Right Side Of Wrong is almost a Dry County from Keep The Faith, containing a whistful solo via Richie. Every song has the corresponding vocals, Leading is Jon and Backing is Richie, and when they both mix there's no stopping the harmonious singing and lyrics which follow. Brilliant all around, and being memorable helps too.
Overall Impression — 10
Bon Jovi's "Bounce" truely shaped and furthermore developed my life as a whole after my Grandmother's passing on. It was my introduction to Bon Jovi and always will be the greatest album from the guys and in General. Bon Jovi fans may not enjoy the Heavy songs as they may be too "Heavy" but Bon Jovi was and always will be a Hard Rock Band, and must contain those crunching riffs in order to comply. Some songs on Have A Nice Day you could compare to Bounce and say "Yes, there's that same guitar crunch, heavyness but possibly turned down a bit, or overproduced. Luke Ebbin did an excellent job although when it comes down to it Jon, Richie, Dave, Tico and Hugh make it all happen.