What About Now
Label: Island Records
Bon Jovi are a cross between a chameleon and the Energizer Bunny: They just keep going, all the while shading their sound so it blends into current pop tastes. What About Now is rooted in the same Springsteen-informed pomp the band has always unleashed, yet instead of hair metal babes, it's now geared towards country-pop fans and aging radio rock diehards with frosted tips. This, of course, means less carnality of the "Lay Your Hands On Me" variety and more populist ruminations on love ("Thick As Thieves), resilience ("Because We Can") and taking life by the cojones ("Beautiful World").