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Bon Jovi: Bounce
Friday September 20, 2002 The Guardian
by Steven Poole
(Rated 2 stars out of a max of 5) (Mercury)
When successful rock bands update their sound to match contemporary trends, everything tends to sound too clinical and expensive. It's like buying a ?1,000 leather jacket when you are 50 to make yourself look younger - except young people can't afford ?1,000 leather jackets. Once-legendary melodicists Bon Jovi have tried to go all grunge in this album's few uptempo numbers, but it's grunge with AM-radio-friendly pop production: the guitars are too quiet, the vocals too loud. At least first single Everyday, with its power chords and funky drumming, is reminiscent of the band's last great moment, Keep the Faith (though not nearly as good), and Love Me Back to Life sees Richie Sambora riffing away with a terrific Van Halen-esque swagger. But for most of the record Jon Bon Jovi sounds puzzlingly like Elvis Costello or Elton John, and sugary ballads predominate, with Bruce Hornby-like piano intros and tasteful acoustic-guitar lines leading to swollen, meaningless choruses. Points for weirdness go to the death-metal chugging of Hook Me Up, a paean to a Palestinian ham-radio operator.