Bounce (album)

Infobox Album
Name = Bounce
Type = Album
Artist = Bon Jovi

Released = October 8, 2002
Recorded = Sanctuary II Studio in New Jersey
Genre = Hard rock, rock
Length = 49:06
Label = Island/Mercury
Producer = Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|2|5 [ link]
Last album = "One Wild Night Live 1985-2001"
This album = "Bounce"
Next album = "This Left Feels Right"
Misc = Singles
Name = Bounce
Type = studio
single 1 = Everyday
single 1 date = August, 2002
single 2 = Misunderstood
single 2 date = 2002
single 3 = All About Lovin' You
single 3 date = 2003
single 4 = Bounce
single 4 date = 2003

"Bounce" is Bon Jovi's eighth studio album, released in October 2002. "Bounce" was heavily influenced by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, owing in part to Jon Bon Jovi's proximity to New York.

Bounce represented a return to Bon Jovi's "roots" with Richie Sambora playing heavily distorted guitars, gravelly vocals by Jon, keyboard effects and piano's by David Bryan and booming drums by Tico Torres. Jon Bon Jovi noted that "Bounce" was mainly a "Jon and Richie album". However, this return to a more "classic Bon Jovi" sound, while a relief to some fans, also brought out some critics that accused the band of being too "formulaic", a criticism that had been leveled at the band in the past.

The single "Everyday" was written as a response to how the band felt about how to move on after September 11th. Ironically, while it was successful across a number of countries, it didn't make much of a mark in the United States. The track "Undivided" speaks more specifically of the aftermath of September 11th, and has become a fan favorite off the album.

The song "Open All Night" was written in response to how Jon Bon Jovi felt about the ending of the TV series "Ally McBeal". He portrayed the boyfriend of star Calista Flockhart in the final series, and was upset that his character was written out in the way it was. The producers of the show allegedly asked Jon to stay on for a few extra episodes, so that his character, Victor, could marry Ally. Jon refused on the grounds that his wife was heavily pregnant with their son, Jake, and so Victor had to be written out quicker than was hoped. Jon wrote "Open All Night" as his way of expressing how he wished the character had ended. This was also not the first time that Bon Jovi had written a song with the title "Open All Night"; two of the other songs appear on their 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong box set.

The title track, "Bounce", was dedicated to NFL Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and close friend of Bon Jovi. The song alludes to the various hardships Belichick experienced before finally winning a Super Bowl. Alternatively, many also felt the song spoke of the nation's rebound following September 11th.

"Make "Bounce" have your own meaning, we name it after what were writing about at that time and then we give it out for the fans to make their own." Tico Torres

Charts and Success

Bon Jovi "Bounce" in charts:
*#1 in Europe
*#2 in USA, UK, Germany
*#3 in Canada

"Bounce" debuted at #2 on the "Billboard 200" chart, making it Bon Jovi's highest debut in the band's history at that time (this personal record was broken 5 years later when Lost Highway debuted at #1), although its sales quickly fell off.

Worldwide album sales have reached 4,000,000 copies sold.

Track listing

# "Undivided" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Billy Falcon) – 3:53
# "Everyday" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Andreas Carlsson) – 3:00
# "The Distance" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Child) – 4:48
# "Joey" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora) – 4:54
# "Misunderstood" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Carlsson, Child) – 3:30
# "All About Lovin' You" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Carlsson, Child) – 3:46
# "Hook Me Up" (Jon Bon Jovi,Richie Sambora, Carlsson, Child) – 3:54
# "Right Side of Wrong" (Jon Bon Jovi) – 5:50
# "Love Me Back to Life" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora) – 4:09
# "You Had Me From Hello" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Carlsson) – 3:49
# "Bounce" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Falcon) – 3:11
# "Open All Night" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora) – 4:22
# "No Regrets"* (Jon Bon Jovi)-4:02
# "Postcards From the Wasteland"* (Jon Bon Jovi)

[*] Bonus tracks - only present on Japanese release.

Promo Album Sampler

# "Everyday" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Andreas Carlsson) – 3:00
# "All About Lovin' You" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Carlsson, Child) – 3:46
# "Bounce" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Falcon) – 3:11
# "Everyday" (Rock Mix) (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Andreas Carlsson) – 3:00

*All tracks repeated 3 times on CD.



*Jon Bon Jovi - lead vocals
*Richie Sambora - guitar, background vocals
*Tico Torres - drums, percussion
*David Bryan - piano, keyboards, background vocals

*Hugh McDonald - bass, backup vocals

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