Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day (Island Records) - Back
Well you have to love ‘em the boys from New Jersey with the secret bass player that’s not really too much of a secret is he? Anyways I will start by saying I hated the cover, 100% hated it this didn’t scream hard rock in any shape or form, to be honest I have never been a huge fan of any past Bon Jovi covers but always loved the ballads and in those early days took my hat off to the writing team which we all know as Jon Bon Jovi & Ritchie Sambora! Production on the album was fine everything seemed equal & in the right places, however I just hated this album. To quote a friend of mine “it’s sad to see men in their 40’s trying to get teenage girls wet” it’s safe to say they are past that! Here is my track-by-track review. The album has 14 tracks unfortunately I didn’t get that far! “Have A Nice Day” - I hate this song. The film clip is one reason for the hate I share for the opening track on the latest offering. What really pisses me off is that I still find myself singing along to it! I would have been shocked if this wasn’t the first single. “I Want To Be Loved” - The intro reminds me of Australian band Dragon’s song ‘April sun and Cuba’, then Jon started singing and it turned into a song that was being sung by a man in his 40’s trying to sound 20 again. I’d expect to hear this song from a band like Simple Plan, not Bon Jovi! Very disappointing. “Welcome To Wherever You Are” - This song reminds me a lot of ‘Joey’ on a previous Bon Jovi album. I could almost sing the lyrics to ‘Joey’ in place of these, which are a shame because I really loved the lyrics just wish they could have been more original musically. Seems to me the band is starting to go around in circles. “Who Says You Can't Go Home” - Enter – Gin Blossoms, ‘Hey Jealousy’! What happened to the good old Bon Jovi that gave us rockin’ anthems like “Price of Love,” “ Let It Rock” & “Blood on Blood”? I want to throw up! From what I have heard so far I’m not even sure if this band has the right to still be classed as rock. Do we have a gay genre? By the look of things, 10 painful songs to go! “Last Man Standing” - Holy shit! This is the closest so far that I have come to hearing older style Bon Jovi. This track actually reminds me a little of an upbeat version of Bob Segar’s ‘Turn the Page’. It’s always great to hear Ritchie sing and his solo was fantastic, lyrics didn’t really grab me but musically it’s the best thing I have heard so far on the album. “Bells Of Freedom” - ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’. What else can I say! This track is a perfect example of artists repeating themselves. I am getting sick of singing past Bon Jovi songs in the place of where new material should be! Glad I didn’t pay for this album! “Wildflower” - This song is a perfect example of what happens when band members decide to do solo albums or try their hand at outside projects whether it be their own fashion line, movies or world poker championships! Do yourself a favor & just skip this one! “Last Cigarette”- this isn’t too bad but reminds me that I quit smoking about 7 weeks ago now, so wasn’t happy about being reminded! This isn’t too bad, it’s one of the only songs that I’ve liked so far; although again it’s something I would expect to hear from these teen wanna be punk rock bands that are ever so popular today! The slide guitar work was very cool; harmonies were lacking unfortunately & almost an impossible feat for this band! “I Am”- Oh boy, let’s hope that Bon Jovi decide not to play any new songs on this tour. Ultimately I now refuse to listen to anymore tracks on this album I can’t fuckin’ take it! The box set was called “100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong” well I want to know how the fuck this album went to number one! 100,000,000 fans need therapy!

Rating: 20

Reviewed By: Cameron Edney