The Circle

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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. The New Jersey group gets back to the business of rocking on its 11th studio album, The Circle.
  2. 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.
  3. 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").
  4. It does rock--if your idea of rock is Aerosmith doing Diane Warren songs.
  5. Q Magazine
    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. Between cliches and Jon's strained voice, The Circle just feels tired.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Predictable return to stadium soft-rock from former Poodle-permers.
  10. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. 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.
  2. Dec 26, 2014
    Uma obra-prima do Bon Jovi,Um álbum completo!! Genial do começo ao fim.
    Top 5 The Circle
    1-We Weren't Born To Follow 2-Thorn In My Side
    Uma obra-prima do Bon Jovi,Um álbum completo!! Genial do começo ao fim.
    Top 5 The Circle
    1-We Weren't Born To Follow
    2-Thorn In My Side
    3-Broken Promise Land
    4-Love's The Only Rule
    5-Superman Tonight
    6-Fast Cars
    7-Happy Now
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  3. May 25, 2013
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