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The Circle (CD Album)

November 10, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Label: Island Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 52:43
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  • ASIN: B002V0WN2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,111 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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First, let me get something off my chest about the album...

I looked at ticket prices last night for his new album tour to the Honda Center and Staples Center. Nose bleed ticket prices were $150 and $120 respectively a couple days ago. So Jon, when you and Richie write songs like "Work For The Working Man" and you sing about dreams, hopes, and essentially the hard honest work many people do how is it you charge so much for seats so far away? That's saying nothing of the seats closer. I've loved your music since I found a cassette tape (7800 Fahrenheit) at camp when I was a kid. I've never been able to see you and before you start to decline vocally which is inevitable I'd like to see you at least once.

Ok, now about the album...

There are good songs on this album but there will be nothing that really jumps out at you. Work For The Working Man to me, took as close of a step back to the 80s with Jon's old bluesy rock songs. He does prove he has vocal strength in a number of the songs but the songs are certainly softer than the 80s. That being said, it's not the 80s anymore folks and Jon isn't 20-something anymore.

"We Weren't Born To Follow" is an upbeat song that I like because it really raises your spirits. In our current time, there's a lot to balk about in the news and politics. While Jon certainly sings about how things are now he does inject something upbeat and positive into the album with this song.

I'm not really certain I can classify "Superman Tonight" as a ballad but for anyone that's been in love it's a song we can all identify with. It most certainly is a song that after one day of owning the album I find myself singing along to.

"Bullet" is a grittier sounding song.
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I have every album that Bon Jovi ever made and I always get them the day that they come out as I keep up with their music. This is not their best work at all. It is kind of a downer. I work and go to school and don't need to hear music about working or how hard things are, I live it. Also, "We weren't born to follow" is really the only good song on it. I hate to say that but this is just not good. I have seen them twice live and the best albums were Slippery When Wet and New Jersey. Bounce and Have a Nice Day were awesome recent works then downhill from there.
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Bon Jovi is one of those bands that were at their peak in the `80s and are still managing to release platinum-certified albums some twenty years later. But that luck also comes with a price: people will listen to their newer stuff and then get mad because it doesn't sound like their older stuff. This is something negative reviewers don't seem to understand: Bon Jovi is not going to make another Slippery When Wet, nor should you expect them to. That was in the past; leave it there. Anyway, now it's time for the band's latest offering, The Circle.

I don't think "We Weren't Born to Follow" is a bad song, but there are better songs than that, especially the next two singles: "When We Were Beautiful" and "Superman Tonight". And "Fast Cars" (which sounds a little like Matchbox Twenty's "If You're Gone") is passable. That's about it, though, because the rest of the songs don't really sound a whole lot different from each other, and keep-your-head-up songs like "Learn to Love" and "Work for the Working Man" don't exactly have the most innovative lyrics.

You can still tell The Circle is a Bon Jovi album, and it's nice to listen to, but there really isn't anything mind-blowing here. B.I.F.

Anthony Rupert
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I have been a loyal Bon Jovi fan for the past 25 years. This albums delivers the music that I have grown to love all these years. Bon Jovi has done it again. This would be an excellent addition to anyone's music library.
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Every time I hear Bon Jovi is releasing another new album, I cringe, yet I always end up downloading it, giving it a shot. As is the case with their previous 3 albums or so, this is absolutely dreadful, almost tarnishing the Bon Jovi name. They honestly should have given up recording new music 10 years ago, just like Poison did. If they want to tour the country, I'm all for it. Play the favorites, and keep it at that. But no, they insist on recording new music, and each album just continues to get worse and worse.

I grew up with Bon Jovi. I was born in the 70's, so in their prime in the 80's, Bon Jovi was one of the best in the biz. They even continued their greatness into the mid 90's, with the Keep the Faith album, which was excellent. Everything they've done in the 2000's has been forgettable, and their last 2 albums especially, have been downright awful.
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For me, Bon Jovi is that band that I try to explain away as a joke when people see it on my iPod - which, needless to say, doesn't exactly pan out when they see I own about 90% of the band's entire library. They're a guilty pleasure for sure, but what a pleasure they are when they're at their peak.

"The Circle," however, doesn't put that smile on my face like the rest of the band's work does. In fact, it's a pretty bland affair. The songs collectively lack passion or excitement... the album is basically just a constant drone of overproduced noise. Bon Jovi's more recent material isn't exactly known for its raw, stripped down sound, but where Crush, Bounce, and Have a Nice Day used loud pop production in order to give more excitement and liveliness to the sound, The Circle basically just layers pointless effects onto vocal and guitar tracks that too frequently add nothing to the song.

"We Weren't Born to Follow" opens the album. It's a solid enough song musically, but the message is hamfisted and lacks any hint of subtlety. I understand that many people love this band for their positive messages, but the lack of originality in the delivery of that message has grown very thin - there are only so many times you can repackage the theme of "Livin' on a Prayer" before it starts getting old and stale. Musically, the song is catchy enough, but I liked it more when it was called "Born to Be My Baby."

"When We Were Beautiful" attempts something new, but, like the rest of the album, it suffers from a lack of a soul. The arrangement is fairly interesting by Bon Jovi standards, with some cool guitar drone in the background and backing vocals that really work with the song. Good guitar solo from Richie too.
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