The Circle

  • Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2009
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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.
  2. Slick production and beer-ad bombast grease these 12 tracks. Singer Jon Bon Jovi has yet to meet a cliche he can’t work into a song.
  3. Between cliches and Jon's strained voice, The Circle just feels tired.
  4. Predictable return to stadium soft-rock from former Poodle-permers.
  5. Q Magazine
    60
    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]
  6. It does rock--if your idea of rock is Aerosmith doing Diane Warren songs.
  7. 60
    Predictable and immaculately produced, these arena-shakers offer a familiar brand of Jersey cheese, but where Jon Bon Jovi once was kind of quixotic ('Livin' on a Prayer'), he's more contemplative than ever, turning out meditations like 'Live Before You Die' ("There'll come a day when you have to say hello to goodbye").
  8. But even while Mr. Bon Jovi is sympathizing with the common man, the scrape in his voice is never wrenching. And while the arrangements are mildly darker than on the group’s previous albums, this group is still drawn magnetically to swelling choruses, its ambition of scale still grander than its ambition of import.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. LuisG.
    Nov 11, 2009
    0
    I used to like Bon Jovi, a lot but what they do nowadays is...so sadly BAD it is not rock, in any way.
  2. May 11, 2016
    10
    .....................................................................................................................................Excellent.....................................................................................................................................Excellent Album BJ.................... Full Review »
  3. Apr 8, 2016
    10
    The MUSIC CRITICS ARE AN **** THIS IS AN AMAZING ALBUM...............

    BON JOVI IS GREAT,BRILLIANT, & MASTERFUL WITH THEY 2000's SONGS &
    The MUSIC CRITICS ARE AN **** THIS IS AN AMAZING ALBUM...............

    BON JOVI IS GREAT,BRILLIANT, & MASTERFUL WITH THEY 2000's SONGS & ALBUMS These CRITICS ARE AN ASS!!!!
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