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The Circle

Bon Jovi Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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For almost three decades, Bon Jovi have earned their reputation on the road as ambassadors of American rock ‘n’ roll, performing for more than 34 million fans around the globe. Along the way, the New Jersey-based quartet – lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres - have racked up a stellar resume of career highlights ... Read more in Amazon's Bon Jovi Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B002SNA99E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Weren't Born To Follow
2. When We Were Beautiful
3. Work For The Working Man
4. Superman Tonight
5. Bullet
6. Thorn In My Side
7. Live Before You Die
8. Brokenpromiseland
9. Love's The Only Rule
10. Fast Cars
11. Happy Now
12. Learn To Love

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Product Description

26 years into an incredible career, Jon, Richie, Tico and David return to launch a new dose of uplifting rock'n'roll onto a planet in need of a shot in the arm. First single from the album--“We Weren’t Born To Follow”--is a massive piece of anthemic rock, built for stadiums, standing alongside their classics from "Livin’ On A Prayer" to "You Give Love A Bad Name", and the rest of the album is no different.

BBC Review

New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi return with their eleventh album and are reunited with Lost Highway producer John Shanks, fresh from recent stints working with Take That and Alesha Dixon.

Bon Jovi fans, and there’s plenty of them, who have not been put off by recent output will find plenty to love here. The band long ago developed into a slick, stadium-filling act, and although this album marks a slight return to their more traditional rock roots after the Nashville-influenced Lost Highway, not much has changed. Like a hairier and less-subtle version of Bruce Springsteen, they like to give voice to the blue-collar worker and refuse to progress stylistically beyond a form that's served them so well already.

Long-standing bands often believe their own hype; indeed, they are often the last ones left believing it, and someone’s clearly exploded a lyrical cliché bomb in the studio here. They’ve even titled a song Live Before You Die, which is wrong on too many levels to even begin listing here. There is no denying their skill with a tune, but there is the lingering sense that were Flight of the Conchords to do a heavy metal pastiche of, say, millionaires sticking it to the ‘man’, it would sound exactly like Work for the Working Man. It is commendable that Jon Bon Jovi can keep a straight face while writing lines such as “working man, empty pockets full of worry / had to get two jobs”, presumably referring to a rock star’s need for an acting career on the side.

That said, other than the band, few listen to Bon Jovi with a straight face, and stupid grins are to be found. The atmospheric Broken Promiseland could be lifted from Slippery When Wet, while swelling keyboards herald moments of genuine emotion, such as on Fast Cars. Love’s the Only Rule also utilises synthesized strings to great effect, and perhaps illustrates where referees are going wrong around the country.

The Circle is not going to surprise anyone, but maybe in such turbulent times this is exactly what people need: dependable drive-time rock dripping with references to getting up from your knees and not giving up. --Tom Hocknell

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic all round album 3 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Having heard much hype around this album hearing the debut single i was both excited and sceptical about this. Excited because i love the debut single and also because some of the things people were saying about the tracks were great, but sceptical because i liked the debut single on the last album but was not very impressed with most of the rest.

This however has delivered and have had it on back to back whilst on my 1hr 30min drive to and from work and each song just gets better and better every time you listen. There is not a bad track on the album it is just loaded from start to finish with excellent songs.

From fantastic up tempo tracks of We Werent Born to Follow and Bullet to the awesome power ballads of When We Were Beautiful and Superman Tonight.

Really pleased and impressed with this album. They are back to their best.

A must buy for any Bon Jovi fan or any new fan who likes the debut single. You will not be disappointed.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Album 2 Nov 2009
By James C
Format:Audio CD
There is a lot of drivel being written by some people on here, and I wouldn't be suprised if they hadn't even heard the album, but just jumping on the anti bon-jovi wagon.

The first time I heard the album I was pretty impressed, but the more I listen to it I begin to reaslise what a class Album this is.

The stand-out tracks are BrokenPromiseland, Love's the only rule, When we were beautiful and Superman Tonight.

Give it a chance. For those who love Bon Jovi this is the best album for years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a hardcore fan - but this is very good 2 Nov 2009
By NumLock
Format:Audio CD
As the title of my review suggests, I'm not a hardcore fan, although I have heard the majority Bon Jovi's efforts this decade,all of which I found very bland and unoriginal in comparison to their albums of the 1990's. These Days is one of my favourite albums by any band and to be honest, I never expected Bon Jovi to come close to that again. With this album, they have. The lyrics are meaningful, the melodies are creative and the music takes turns you don't see coming, the drums and guitar work is excellent and it feels like a band in love with music and what it can create, rather than one going through the motions. I'd recommend to any lapsed fan who thought their 90's stuff was as good as it gets.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a return to form. 29 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
Ive heard the leaked album myself but will be buying this album on day of release. The first single seems to be getting mixed reviews at the minute but i quite like it. Maybe coz im glad its not a ballad or country inspired but glad its back to what bon jovi do best, great rock songs that by the chorus just uplift you. I know that isn't going to be enough for some bon jovi fans, especially after lost highway which split bon jovi fans opinion down the line but please if you ever liked any album or tune they ever did then give this album a listen. Its there best work since these days without a doubt. The problem i have with bon jovi is i think there piss poor at choosing the singles off there albums of late, if done correctly then people would get to hear something other than a ballad or one of the weaker mid tempo songs, i just think fans from years ago think there just to commercial or have gone soft.The circle is epic, in my opinion Sambora and torres shine on this album so much and in my opinion when Sambora is on form so are bon jovi. Songs like bullet, superman tonight, broken promiseland, happy now are different just like some of "these days" tracks were compared to other albums. The ballads are amazing when we ere beautiful is just magnificant, torres drumwork and jon's vocals and lyrics are amazing. Work for the working man is just a great steady rocker that just grabs you with the bass line at the start (bit like prayer), its jons take on the plight of the world right now. All in all every track is worthy of your time but please if you werent sure about "born to follow" dont let it put you off the best bon jovi album in over a decade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The firework that fizzled but never exploded. 27 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was really optimistic about this album given that these days BJ produce the goods every other album and this was following the incredibly dull Lost Highway.
Add to that the fact that the album is called 'The Circle' and surely they're going back to their roots to produce a real rocker, right? .....Wrong!
In fairness the album starts pretty well with '..born to follow' and I really like the anthemic 'Superman' and '..beautiful' but to be honest that's about it!
To me, the rest of the songs are very forgettable.
Although I never really expected another 'Slippery..' I thought we might get something akin to 'Nice Day' (which I rate as probably their best album since Keep the Faith) but unfortunately they fell well short again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello??? 3 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Not sure what some people here thought they were buying. This is Bon Jovi and they have made a good Bon Jovi album in 2009. Let 1986 go people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon and the guys hit the target again!!! 15 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having been a fan of all Bon Jovi albums from 2000 onwards,I have enjoyed "Have a nice day","Lost highway" and their latest offering "The circle" the most.
It's a great combination of Rockers and Ballads,with Jon's song writing talents better and sharper than ever combined with Richie's guitar playing up at front and centre......where it rightfully belongs.
It's difficult to single out a favourite tune-as they're all great for the most part-but if songs like "We weren't born to follow","Superman tonight","Broken promise land" and "Learn to love" are anything to go by,then any future album releases are guaranteed to be a surefire winner amongst their many legions of fans around the globe.
Well done guys!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars quick delivery
Very big fan and really love this CD. Will add more to my collection and listen to it in the car
Published 3 months ago by Jill
2.0 out of 5 stars BonJovi - not what they were
What can I say, I used to love the band and half-wish that they called it a day after Bounce (their last good-ish album in my opinion...my fave is These Days). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kieron Hegarty
5.0 out of 5 stars loving the great music
I have always been a huge fan of Bon Jovi I have most of the cd's and they are more mellow than there early stuff but as I am getting older I do love listening to the mellow side... Read more
Published 9 months ago by rick
4.0 out of 5 stars A stong album, but not a classic
I had always liked Bon Jovi's headline hits and before buying this I had owned the greatest hits album "Crossroad" since it came out back in the 90's, but hadn't bought the studio... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JKM
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album
Great songs which we all expect from Bon Jovi. I can't say anything negative about this album. There are some songs I prefer to others but none I don't like. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars brillant album
have nearly all their ablums and this is the second copy i have of this one, just to ensure i have a copy in my car.
Published 12 months ago by JUNE Billings
5.0 out of 5 stars The Circle
We weren't born to follow, When we were beautiful, work for the working man, Superman, Bullet Thorn in my side, Live before you die, Brokenpromiseland, Loves the only rule, Fast... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Deb
3.0 out of 5 stars Birthday gift
i bought this for my mam as she is a big fan of him it came very quick and is a good album 3 stars as Bon jovi is not my favorite but all in all a good gift
Published 15 months ago by kasey selby
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
This album is like much of Bon Jovis work since 2000, inconsistent. Everything you expect from the present day Bon Jovi is here all present and correct. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Mr. S. M. Booth
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I have been a great fan of Bon Jovi, even from their Living on a prayer days. This album lacks the imagination, musicality of their other work.
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by kodsdb
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