What About Now: UK Deluxe Edition
UK edition includes four additional tracks (two of which are not available on the U.S. deluxe pressing). 2013 release, the 12th studio album from the stadium rockers led by Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora. The album was produced by Jon with John Shanks, Celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band, the New Jersey-based band have become international superstars, selling out stadium gigs all over the world on a consistent basis. Features the first single 'Because We Can'.
アカペラから始まる明るいオープニングトラックはもちろん彼ららしい良曲だが、超名曲！と断言したいメロディとサビが秀逸な⑥（本作におけるワールドツアーでも途中からオープニングトラックに抜擢）をド頭に持ってきた方がより良かったかも？なんて言うのはほんの些細なファンの戯言で、他にもキャッチーなタイトルソング③、BON JOVIらしさ全開のハードポップ④、ジョンが朗々と歌い上げサビで盛り上げる⑤、東洋チックなメロディが耳に残るこれまたキャッチーな⑦、熱い歌声で盛り上げる⑨、アップテンポでポジティヴパワー溢れる⑩、力強いパワーバラード⑪とピックアップしたい楽曲目白押しの名盤だ。（イントロがまるで"Lay Your Hands On Me"みたいな⑧もあるけどここ数作ではいちばんの出来だと思う！）
⑬～⑰は日本盤のみのボーナストラックで⑮⑯はアル・パチーノやクリストファー・ウォーケンらが出演した映画スタンド・アップ・ガイズにジョンがソロとして提供した楽曲。また⑰はリッチーが前年（2012）に発表した3rdソロアルバム「AFTERMATH OF THE LOWDOWN」からで歌っているのは勿論リッチー。（悪くない曲だけど何故バンドのアルバムにボートラで入れたのかは謎/笑）この中だと筆者はアップテンポなハードロック⑬がお気に入り！でもアルバム全体の出来がかなり良いので個人的には5曲ものボートラは必要なかったんじゃないかと。
最後に、初回生産限定盤（デラックス・エディション）には30分のDVDが付属。内容はアルバムオープニングトラックの"Because We Can"のMVが様々なパターンで5ヴァージョン（ビハインド・ザ・シーン含む）も収録されており"Because We Can"押しが凄まじい。(笑)いや、でもこれなかなか見応えはありましたヨ！
その後は"It’s My Life"と"Lost Highway"のライヴ（収録場所は不明）が登場するのだが本格的なライヴシーンというよりはMVみたいな仕立てで悪くはないけどこの2曲はあくまでオマケ的な映像でした。
There is no shortage of great hooks and passionate lyrics, and there are some really good strings (synth?). Once it sinks in, the song Amen is jaw-dropping, and there are some good slower-burners toward the end, as with most BJ albums. Richie is more laid-back and the guitars not quite as attacking and dominant, and Tico's drumming is softer. The album could almost be a letter from the front lines, I can picture some squaddies chilling out in a camp. I'm not sure whether that was the idea but it works for me.
I highly recommend this CD to fans new and old.
As an overview this is a very good album by BJ which is full of songs which are quite different compared to each other and also represent who they are today and what they think music is in essence. It would have been an embarrassment if they churned out SWW or New Jersey as they are now in their 50's. Time moves on, lives change, experiences shape who we are and this is also reflected in their music. The maturity of the music is what stands out for me. This is not stadium-friendly -punch-your-fists-in-the-air-hard-rock. But this is a selection of enjoyable songs which are sitting very happily on my iphone, CD player and car.
A measure of a good release is how many times you listen to an album end to end without skipping tracks. There have been very few releases by BJ since These Days which have afforded this pleasure (with the exception of Have A Nice Day and to a certain extent Lost Highway).
The downsides to the release is by far the very cheap, look and feel to the CD product itself. As many BJ songs are based on the story telling it's a disappointment to find no lyrics, songwriting credits or photographs either - but yes it is a very cool album artwork cover for sure. The lyrical content does at times feel weak and rushed in some songs where the impression of laziness appears.
Because We Can: radio friendly and easy to listen to. The next gen of BJ fans such as my 7 yr old and son and 4 yr old daughter are jumping around to this - so should be happy with that! 3/5
I'm With you: amazing sound and brilliant structure - quite dark and serious subject matter. Also has a red hot scorcher of a guitar from Master Sambora. My favourite song 5+/5
What About Now: a song which has the potential to be better lyrically. Again quite simple in nature and could have been better with more effort on lyrics and solo. Also feels a bit short 3/5
Pictures Of You: a song again which is off the beaten BJ track but the lyrics and atmosphere have me on the hook. My daughter also likes me singing it to her 5/5
Amen: this is unplugged at it's best and the acoustic stringing of Master Sambora bring this to life with some pretty epic vocal efforts from Jon 4/5
That's What The Water Made Me: it's a reasonable song with a decent up-tempo which lacks in many of the other songs but feel the repetitive nature will soon get the skip treatment 3/5
Whats Left Of Me: would badge this with a new jersey Springsteen feeling and something which is a natural fit with Lost Highway. It has a hook and some decent lyrics 4/5
Army Of One: Thumbs up for taking a risk on format of song and structure. I like the marching nature of the song and the chanting with the lyrics and again Master Sambora shines with his solo 5/5
Thick As Thieves: A pretty good power ballad which is what these guys have shyed away from for quite a while. Some questionable lyrics about an electric chair for robbing a bank though!? 4/5
Beautiful World: A typical up-tempo track which shows they can roll out a rocker when they want to and without being over the top, it it the best up-tempo track on the album 5/5
Room At The End Of The World: wow what more can I say! Another off the grid song with depth, emotion, and some great subtle guitaring from Master Sambo 5/5
The Fighter: acoustic end to the standard album and would rather have finished with "Room" personally as this feels a little empty and the album ends slightly too flat 3/5
With These Two Hands: WTF is this not on the standard album!? It has great tempo and an addictive riff which I think is first class. Very worthy of being in the album and could see this working live 5/5
Not Running Anymore: gets skip treatment after listening to "with these 2 hands". It's a JBJ song and reminisce of songs from Destination Anywhere. A decent song yes but feels out of place 3.5/5
Old Habits Die Hard: by now the spark and charm of the album ended 2 songs ago and this doesn't do anything for me. Doesn't get any airplay 1/5
Every Road: Master Sambora showcasing how fine his album Aftermath Of The Lowdown was. Nice to give it some time on the BJ album but if you know your music you will have this already 5/5
Final words from me on this are that I would like to have seen Richie flex his riffing and solo muscles further on the album. I think there are enough songs which lend themselves to his high emotional style of solo's and i was wishing some of the solo's went longer. But as a now 40 year old fan listening for 27 year I should be pretty grateful to say they are still making the music I enjoy and have been able to pass on to my kids who both were excited to hear the album - and even more so with Richie's album last year. So overall, all is good with Bon Jovi and this is a good album full of decent music. Enjoy!!!
Gone is the fun of the 80s. When grunge took out the fun of rock and roll, bon jovi were the last ones standing and having a blast, unfortunately, one decade later they fell pray to a world in crisis.
The songs are not entirely bad but, no fun and no bon jovi quality.
I was stupid enough to buy the extended delux version, more depressing songs for a few more bucks...
As stated in the header, if you thought that The circle and Bounce were redundant, listen to What about now and you will see that you were wrong.
What about now? Because we can, yes now do so...
What s left of me? Not much these days
Beautiful world? Now start to live in it
With these two hands? You've used them to craft better things...
Old habits die hard ? Such a shame the habit to rock did...
If you have the urge to own all bon jovi records, wait a year and buy it for 0.01 pound and you might get value for money.
I wish I could be more positive but, sorry it is not possible...
Why 2 stars?
One, it is bon jovi who have given us slippery, new jersey, and the magnificent young guns soundtrack, etc...
Star number two: I for one am mot going to blame them for trying, only next time, I do hope they try harder...
The first track 'Because We Can' is one of these great sing along songs that Bon Jovi do so well and a joint favourite for my top spot along with the foot tapping 'What's Left Of Me'........I defy you not to sing along with this cracker!!!
Overall,John's voice still sounds great to me and Richie's guitar playing is first rate and this clearly shows on the vast majority of tunes on this beautiful album,I think all the tracks on here ooze real class.
It is in a similar mould to a few previous Bon Jovi albums but that's what the majority of older fans want to hear I believe.
It evident that Bon Jovi are like a fine whiskey and are just getting better with age and maturity.
Cheers guys......until the next one.