The Circle – Bon Jovi

So they had their fling with country edged songs and now are back to rocking your eardrums with The Circle. I’d like anything that Jon, Tico, Ritchie & David care to put out. Ofcourse they ar never going to top their best efforts Slippery When Wet & New Jersey or even These Days or Keep The Faith. I thought that the band peaked with those for albums and everything else that has followed has failed to live up to those lofty standards. Ofcourse you have the odd single here or there but not an entire album. Still Bon Jovi are way more listenable than most stuff that seems to be popular these days (and Bon Jovi are very popular even now) even as the members hit their 50s (Jon & David are just 2 years away from the half century mark, Tico is 56 & Richie is 51). The album was released in Germany and Ireland on October 30, 2009. The album debuted at number 1 in several countries, including the U.S., where it sold 163,000 copies in its first week debuting at number 1 on the Billboard charts. This gives them their fourth number 1 album after their 2007 effort, Lost Highway.

So what can you expect from a new Jovi record? More crowd pleasing, arena rocking songs like the lead single and opening track We Weren’t Born To Follow; a song about standing up against all odds, a song of defiance and defining the human spirit. The single was nominated for a¬†Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Originally written by¬†Jon, Sambora and¬†Billy Falcon for a Bon Jovi greatest hits collection that got shelved, When We Were Beautiful was released as an iTunes only promo single from¬†The Circle in the US. It became available as a digital download from the US¬†iTunes store on October 26, 2009. The song was released for download to coincide with Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful on Showtime. The song talks about a bleak world that used to be more than what it has become, and the narrator wishes to find what made that better world work, so he may then try to make his world a better place. The song has since been released as the third official single from the album with the music video being released on May 24, 2010.

Work For The Working Man is a song in praise of the working class masses from which the band has sprung up. It’s all about the people who go through a lot just to get by in life and put food on the table for their families and a roof over their heads. On Superman Tonight Jon explains its about a boy watching a girl going through ups & down in life, from a distance and wondering if she needs a hero to save her and wishes that he could be that for her. The Bullet starts off with a harder sounding guitar riff and is a social commentary about the way the gun, bullets and weapons in general create havoc for humans. When a relationship goes down south, goes sour, then the other person becomes the Thorn In My Side. Although finally acknowledging this fact, this song is also about the positiveness of the inevitable moving on. Live Before You Die is about to appreciate what you have and your youth and to living life to the fullest while you can.

Broken Promiseland doesn’t sound like a Bon Jovi track; it’s just different. This is a good thing as it sounds fresher. Love’s The Only Rule & Fast Cars are ok songs, mostly there to make the numbers but pleasant all the same. Happy Now is a bit cheesy and we end the album with the ballad Learn To Love is about accepting the world that you are living in and loving it is the first step. Overall a good album, not groundbreaking but good enough for many a spin on your cd player. Here’s the video for When We Were Beautiful.

That Special Day

Ah, my favourite date of the year, Friday the 13th. No matter where I am or what I am doing I always note this day. A big fan of the macabre and horror movies, Friday the 13th always holds a dark fascination on me. Like today for example – I’m just recovering from a fever, brought on yesterday and with lots of rest and sleep I’m feeling a whole lot better from evening. But the date is still on my mind.

I remember that as a young boy, before ever having watched any of the movies involving Jason, his machete or his hockey mask, my cousin Arun put this notion in my mind that all Friday’s were scary days and that the 13th was even more horrifying in particular. He was so good in describing the horror that not only did I get scared……but he got scared as well!!! I mean, the first movie came out in 1980 or 81 and this incident must have been around 84 or 85 (when I was 8 or 9).

Anyway this day is noted to be one of bad luck by superstitious people, thought by some to derive from the¬†Last Supper or a¬†Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. Another theory is to do with the ledengary Knights Templar – threatened by that power and eager to acquire their wealth, King Philip secretly ordered the¬†mass arrest of all the Knights Templar in France on Friday, October 13, 1307. In the¬†Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month’s 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. Today is this year’s only Friday the 13th.