Bounce (Bon Jovi album)

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Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released October 8, 2002
Recorded November 2001–June 2002
Genre Hard rock
Length 49:10
Label Island
Producer Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi chronology
One Wild Night Live 1985–2001
This Left Feels Right
Singles from Bounce
  1. "Everyday"
    Released: August 17, 2002
  2. "Misunderstood"
    Released: November 30, 2002
  3. "All About Lovin' You"
    Released: May 2, 2003
  4. "Bounce"
    Released: June 15, 2003
  5. "The Distance"
    Released: September 26, 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (61/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[5]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[1][6]
Q 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

Bounce is the eighth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on October 8, 2002 through Island Records. Produced by Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, the album was recorded at Sanctuary II Studio in New Jersey.

Bounce was heavily influenced by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, owing in part to Jon Bon Jovi's proximity to New York. The title "Bounce" was a reference to New York City's and the United States' ability to bounce back from the World Trade Center attacks as a nation. The cover image for the album includes a stylized image of a radio telescope dish at the Very Large Array.

The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200,[8] making it Bon Jovi's highest debut in the band's history at that time.


At the end of July 2001, the band were finishing the One Wild Night Tour. After takin only three weeks off after the tour, the writing process began in Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were back in New Jersey and by September 11, they were well into the writing process, which lasted into May 2002.

Recording and production[edit]

The album produced by Luke Ebbin, represented a return to Bon Jovi's "roots" with Richie Sambora playing heavily distorted guitars, gravelly vocals by Jon Bon Jovi, keyboard effects and piano's by David Bryan and booming drums by Tico Torres.

Jon Bon Jovi states that:[9] [10]

Production on this record was somewhat simple in the approach that if it's not broke, don't fix it. We had a great relationship last time with Luke Ebbin, who is a young up-and-coming producer. He did a fine job on Crush and then we'd incorporate the talents of anybody and everybody that would come in the studio. Our managers always say, "There's no 'I' in team." It's a great collaborative effort in every aspect of this record. My ego's not big enough that I have to worry about that. I'm not vain enough to think that my - or even Richie and I's - ideas are the 'be all and end all'. It's not a "you can't look until it's finished process," it's "What do you think?" and then you step back from the canvas, and then when you move up to it again, you have a better perspective of what you're painting.

The lead single, "Everyday" was written as a response to how the band felt about how to move on after September 11. "Undivided" speaks more specifically of the aftermath of September 11. The song "Open All Night" was written in response to how Jon Bon Jovi felt about the ending of the TV series Ally McBeal. He portrayed the boyfriend of star Calista Flockhart in the final series, and was upset that his character was written out in the way it was. The producers of the show allegedly asked Jon to stay on for a few extra episodes, so that his character, Victor, could marry Ally. Jon Bon Jovi refused on the grounds that his wife was heavily pregnant with their son, Jake, and so Victor had to be written out quicker than was hoped. Jon Bon Jovi wrote "Open All Night" as his way of expressing how he wished the character had ended. The title track, "Bounce", was dedicated to NFL Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and close friend of Bon Jovi. The song alludes to the various hardships Belichick experienced before finally winning a Super Bowl. Alternatively, many also felt the song spoke of the nation's rebound following September 11.

Regarding the album's lyrical content, Jon Bon Jovi noted:[9]

I think that an album has to be an encapsulized version of a time in my life, a period. And, in this case, it's a year since the last tour ended. [...] So, from the end of July in 2001, to the year 2002, what happened? Well, other things, but 9/11 happened. You have cute romantic songs, you have fun rock songs, and you're gonna have the storytelling, more classic songs that are the makings of what is Bounce. Because you want a beginning, a middle and a end. I want it to be like a book or a movie, where we're taking somebody on a journey of what's gone on in my life in the last year. And though 9/11 played a part in it - a big part in it - a sobering part in it, that was just one aspect. And I didn't want it to be overly sentimental, overly patriotic, but certainly acknowledging what myself, the band and the country have been through.

Release and reception[edit]

Bounce was released internationally on September 23, 2002. The album debuted at number two in both the UK and Germany and number three in Japan. The album was released on October 8, 2002 in the United States, selling over 160,000 copies in the first week and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200,[8] making it Bon Jovi's highest debut in the band's history at that time. The lead single, "Everyday" was the most successful song from Bounce. The song did not have as much success in the US while reaching #1 in Canada and Spain, and made the top five in Japan, The UK, Australia and made the top ten in many other countries, including Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and Germany. "All About Lovin' You" as the third single was released only in Europe, peaking at number nine on the UK Singles Chart. International Federation of the Phonographic Industry certified the album platinum, for selling one million in Europe.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Undivided"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Falcon 3:53
2. "Everyday"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Carlsson 3:00
3. "The Distance"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child 4:48
4. "Joey"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:54
5. "Misunderstood"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Carlsson, Child 3:30
6. "All About Lovin' You"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Carlsson, Child 3:46
7. "Hook Me Up"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Carlsson, Child 3:54
8. "Right Side of Wrong"   Bon Jovi 5:50
9. "Love Me Back to Life"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:09
10. "You Had Me from Hello"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Carlsson 3:49
11. "Bounce"   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Falcon 3:11
12. "Open All Night"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:22
13. "No Regrets" (Japan bonus track) Bon Jovi 4:02
14. "Postcards from the Wasteland" (Japan bonus track) Bon Jovi 4:37


The following people contributed to Bounce:[11]


Additional musicians[edit]

Recording personnel[edit]

  • Luke Ebbin - producer, programming
  • Jon Bon Jovi - producer
  • Richie Sambora - producer
  • Desmond Child - co-producer
  • Andreas Carlsson - co-producer
  • Obie O'Brien - engineer
  • Mike Rew - assistant engineer
  • Gary Tole - Pro-Tools, additional engineering
  • Graham Hawthorne - Pro-Tools editor
  • Efrain "ET" Torres - additional Pro-Tools engineering
  • Samuel Waermo - additional engineering, programming
  • Marc Jamison - programming ("You Had Me from Hello")
  • Bob "Clear-Fuckin'" Mountain - mixing
  • Kevin Harp - mix assistant
  • Tim Holland - tech support
  • Chris "Lumpy" Hofschneider - tech support
  • George Marino - mastering (tracks: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 & 11)
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering (tracks: 4, 6, 8, 9 & 12)


  • Kevin Westenberg - photography
  • Kevin Reagan - art direction, design
  • Bret Healey - design


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[12] Gold 20,000x
Australia (ARIA)[13] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[14] Gold  
Belgium (BEA)[15] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[16] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[18] Platinum 300,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[19] Platinum 319,000[20]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[22] Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^
Europe (IFPI)[25] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone



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