The Circle - Bon Jovi
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  • Summary: The New Jersey rock band releases its latest album produced with John Shanks.
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  1. The New Jersey group gets back to the business of rocking on its 11th studio album, The Circle.
  2. It does rock--if your idea of rock is Aerosmith doing Diane Warren songs.
  3. More than a quarter century down the line, Bon Jovi are still living and selling the rock 'n' roll fantasy on The Circle. Why Not? They've done very nicely out of it. [Jan 2010, p. 126]
  4. Between cliches and Jon's strained voice, The Circle just feels tired.
  5. A knack for oversized choruses remains hardwired in Bon Jovi, but in this gloomy context, they act as reminders that they once sounded like they were a working band for working men instead of rich men fretting about a world they've long left behind.
  6. Predictable return to stadium soft-rock from former Poodle-permers.
  7. The Circle shows off Bon Jovi's still-sharp knack for wedding blandly optimistic sentiments to predictably soaring choruses. Unfortunately, it's getting pretty hard to tell one song from the next.

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  1. May 25, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Talvez Supere O Clássico De 1986 Slippery When Wet Pois A Social Disease Desse Clássico Péssima E Simplesmente No The Circle Todas São Ótimas De Manhã Para Animar O Dia Escute We Weren't Born To Follow,Thorn In My Side,Love's The Only Rule,Fast Cars E Happy Now Expand
  2. DaveyH.
    Nov 10, 2009
    While the songs are not bad, by the end they start to sound the same. What Bon Jovi did great in most of his other albums is the variety of different songs throughout the album. In The Circle every song sticks to a classic rocking rhythm, which on it's own is not bad, but the bar has been set and Bon Jovi didn't quite make it. Expand
  3. LuisG.
    Nov 11, 2009
    I used to like Bon Jovi, a lot but what they do nowadays sadly BAD it is not rock, in any way.