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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B002SNA99E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Right guys and gals. This is the album we have been waiting for from the boys.

Forget Lost Highway and all that rubbish. It is clear that all that was filler while they spent those 14 years since These Days writing this masterpiece.

Also, forget the single, We Weren't Born To Follow. It's a decent song but in the end it's another It's My Life clone and certainly do not use it as an indicator of the sheer quality of the work on this record.

I've heard the leak (knowing full well that I will be buying on release day) and songs like When We Were Beautiful, Work For The Working Man, Superman Tonight, Bullet, and Love's The Only Rule will be instant classics. The rest of the tracks are also brilliant work and far better than the album tracks on the other albums released this decade.

I will highlight these songs however because When We Were Beautiful is the perfect Keep The Faith-style growing meaningful anthem; Work For The Working Man is the Slippery When Wet-style raunchy rocker for the modern day. Bullet completely took me by surprise- Richie is absolutely on fire in this song with his guitar work (and makes similar contributions throughout the album), it's grungy and the talkbox is on full display, you want to be shouting this song out with 30,000 others in a stadium.

Superman Tonight is the best, absolute best Bon Jovi ballad in a long time. And I'm talking POWER on this one, absolutely brilliant.

Love's The Only Rule is my surprise favourite song so far (hard as it is to choose a favourite). I will not spoil this one for you, but when I got to track 9 and this is what I found I remembered what I really love about this band.
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