Friday, September 30, 2005

"Have A Nice Day" Review, by the Very Un-Biased True Jersey Girl

**** (4 stars out of 5)

First of all, love the cover. While I would love to see Jon's nekkid bod on there, the smirk is perfect for both the Jersey attitude and the title song's feeling. I also love the fact that the lyrics are included in the liner notes - a rarity these days. In 2 months when I am at the concert, I will need to be singing along to every single word of every single song, so its great to have lyrics included. And the pics they included inside are pretty great (drool).

So onto the music. I miss the days when I would get a Bon Jovi CD and worship it right away. These days I find I have to let them grow on me a bit. (Although I did love their last CD of original material - Bounce - at first listen, probably because there were more rockin' songs on it). But I think I need to stop comparing to Slippery When Wet and New Jersey, because I doubt anything will ever compare to them. Anyway, here's a quickie song-by-song review:

Have a Nice Day - I even have Princess singing it. I liked it from the first time I heard it and haven't tired of it yet. It's the most rockin' song on the cd, and I would have liked to have more like it.

I Want to Be Loved - Great song. I dig it. Although one part of it does remind me of Austin Powers and his "Daddy Didn't Care" song. And Jon, your wish is my command - you want to be loved? You got it.

Welcome To Wherever You Are - I am not a big fan of the slower, soft-rock sound that they have gravitated towards lately, preferring the harder stuff. This is a good one though, and I find myself humming this one. I like it.

Who Says You Can't Go Home - Of course I love this one, because it was written about New Jersey and I totally relate. Love the melody. Great song, very catchy. I keep catching myself singing this one in the shower.

Last Man Standing - I am not sure about this one yet. I like the message behind it about real musicians vs. lipsynchers and phonies. At first listen, I didn't like this song much, but it is growing on me. Its almost like they are trying to do a grand, theatrical song - and that's not what they do best. Keep it simple, boys.

Bells of Freedom - Good song, if not a little corny.

Wildflower - I have always liked songs about odd, complicated girls because, well, I am one of them. This one is sweet.

Last Cigarette - The symbolism is a little much in the lyrics of this one, but I like the music and especially the chorus. Gets me tapping my feet while sitting at my desk.

I Am - A nice ballad without it being too ballad-y. Sweet without being corny. I like it.

Complicated - I would have liked this song to rock a little more. It seems like it could have gotten a little rougher, especially during the chorus. To me, the chorus is too sing-songy when it should have rocked out.

Novocaine - A little bland. Nothing stands out about this song.

Story of My Life - Another song I can't find anything special about. Its ok, harmless, doesn't suck, but just isn't that interesting.

Who Says You Can't Go Home (with Sugarland) - The addition of the female voice does a lot for this song. Her voice is really nice and while it does turn this into a somewhat twangy country-ish song, I still like it.

Overall, I like it and have been listening to it non-stop at work. If you have not bought it yet - first of all, why haven't you? But second of all, I do recommend it. For those of you who own it already - what do you think?


Peanutt said...

OOOh, we got tickets to go to the concert on November 18!!! They don't actually go on sale until saturday, but I got ways to go around that! YUMMMMY! But I have noticed that the ticket prices jumped up a little from last time he came around! Have yet to buy the CD. On my list next time I hit Target!

Patsy Darling said...

Thank god they no longer write songs like Wanted Dead or Alive.

J&J'sMom said...

Once a fan...always a fan ;0) Happy weekend!

Scully said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying the new album. I'm dealing with an iPod issue right now so still haven't loaded it up.

InterstellarLass said...

Great review! I'm going to have to check this one out now, based on your recommendation of course!

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

haven't bought it, not sure if i will, i did like have a nice day first time i heard it. my oldest daughter is really starting to get in him, alot, really, really alot.

Natsthename said...

I must say that I've never bought a Bon Jovi album in my life, but I like many songs. Probably about time, eh?

Bumbling Bav said...

Well then I must make it my mission to find it this weekend! Thanks!

Mike said...

We Love Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive!

Kym said...

I bought the cd, actually bought two. Target had the bonus cd attached, and I couldn't not have that as well... I liked the cd, and like you, some songs (the same ones you didn't quite groove 100%) were a little different for me. But I must say this, I love the band and I really do love Richie and Jon Bon Jovi,so they could be strummin the plicket and I would dig them.

The Sugarland combo was different, but it really shows a diversity about this band.

And lets not forget the two out front are the hottest looking out there.

Congrats on the New Job btw.!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Excellent review, Jersey. You look at each song very well.

You should be reviewing for a living!

trine said...

don't own it, and probably wouldn't like ti but that's a good review True, so many talents, so little time!

does this eman you can actually *see* my videos these days???
a doll's house

Danielle said...

thanks for the review... it's great!

Dakota Cassidy said...

OMG--I totally found your blog by accident. I was just blog hopping, found Charlie MC and then, you.

After living in NY most of my life, I moved to Jersey. I miss the hell out of it now, because after my divorce I moved to the fine state of roadkill and bbq, better known as TX. LOL

Former big haired girl from Central Jersey.
Dakota Cassidy :)

aka_monty said...

Crap, now I have to go illegally download some more music... ;)

mrsmogul said...

That's cool that you can listen to music at work. Do you use headphones or can listen openly? If Princess is singing her heart out now, what would you think if she joined a rock band and played around NJ?

Congrats again on the new job! I am soo envious! I cant wait to go back to work one day!

mcgibfried said...



i think i'll just download it the pirate way.

Big Dipper said...

Great review. I love Novacaine though and I think Last Cigarette is the cheesy-ish song they have ever made.
Got my tickets for London. YAY

HighMaintenanceHussy said... approach a new Bon Jovi CD the way I approach a new Tori Amos release...completely different tastes, but the same process. Cool. :)

Evey said...

Well I am a big slacker and have not bought it yet, I am sure I will at some point. My sister in law however LOVES them and she bought the CD when it came out. She has NEVER seen them in concert and I am trying so hard to make that happen right now. Even if it means flying her out here from Alberta Canada. ha!

On another note, glad things are going so well with your job and that the little one is doing well with daycare.