Bon Jovi: What About Now


Maddie Cohen, Staff Writer

In 1983, a group of aspiring rock artists came together and created the band Bon Jovi.  Since then, the hit group has sold 130 million records worldwide, transforming it into a world wide sensation.

The band features lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres.

While most music groups are loyal to a specific era and style, Bon Jovi appeals to many ages.  Young kids are likely to recognize some of Bon Jovi’s most famous tracks due to their presence on several movie soundtracks.  A few of Bon Jovi’s popular songs include “Living on a Prayer,” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

Just when fans of Bon Jovi were beginning to wonder whether the acclaimed band had finally retired from the music industry, the group came out with a twelfth album on March 11.

Titled What About Now, this new album is overwhelmingly encouraging.  The first song of the album, “Because We Can,” chronicles the journey of a struggling couple who try to save their marriage.   This song is similar to many of Bon Jovi’s songs as it touches on themes of loyalty, belief, and confidence.   The first line, “I don’t wanna be another wave in the ocean/I am a rock not just another grain of sand,” immediately sets the tone for the song as well as the rest of the album.

The lyrics demonstrate how one can stand out and be unique, and carry the common themes of love, hope, and reliance.  The themes are easy to understand and the simple chord progressions make the music of Bon Jovi more emotional than cerebral.

The style of the album is similar to Bon Jovi’s previous works featuring the same classic rock that fans of Bon Jovi have come to expect.  The tracks on What About Now are heartwarming and traditional.  The songs harken back to a bygone era.  In one track, “What’s Left of Me,” Bon Jovi laments the demise of famous punk club CBGB.

The album is rife with nostalgia— likely to a time when his music was more popular—to which he clearly desires to return.

Bon Jovi’s newest album is unlikely to impress first time listeners with its classic feel. However, the sounds of What About Now will please his dedicated fans, young and old.