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Bon Jovi New Album Review: ‘Forever’ Stream It Now

Bon Jovi is back! The band released their 16th studio album, Forever, on Friday (June 7)

Jon Bon Jovi is standing on a cliff. The Grammy-winning musician is backstage at American Idol, where he has just completed coaching the season’s final three candidates, one of whose lives would be permanently changed that evening. In just a few hours, his world will change when he goes out to perform Bon Jovi’s current single, “Legendary,” live on national television.

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The album arrives four years after 2020, which was published, as the name implies, in 2020. When the album was first released, it reached No. 19 on the album list.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi documented his tough recovery from vocal chord surgery in 2022 in the recent Hulu documentary Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story and the rocker told EW that the harrowing barrier inspired Forever.

Bon Jovi is back with their latest album 'Forever.' Dive into our review and stream it now to experience their timeless sound and fresh tracks
Bon Jovi is back with their latest album ‘Forever.’ Dive into our review and stream it now to experience their timeless sound and fresh tracks

“I went into this surgery and I had a lot of time on my hands—all I could do was sit around and start to think about songs,” Bon Jovi told Entertainment Weekly. “I began to feel joyful again. And we — the collective we that survived COVID — had all emerged from the fog and interacted again. There was a newfound respect for life. And I had a new respect for my physique. “And it resulted in all these songs.”

David Bryan on keyboards, Tico Torres on drums, Hugh McDonald on bass, Phil X on guitar, Everett Bradley on percussion, and John Shanks on rhythm guitar made up Bon Jovi’s band and worked together to record the 12-song album in seven weeks.

Nothing was delayed. Bon Jovi said, “It just flowed” when asked about the album that boasts the soaring “Legendary” and the talkbox-assisted “Living Proof,” which he composed in just two days.

“Hollow Man,” Forever’s country-tinged conclusion and a standout on the album, finds Bon Jovi at his most honest and vulnerable, free of some of the dark shadows of his past and eager to start over. “The idea of being hollow is just being ready to accept whatever God’s willing to give me,” explains the performer. “It is saying, ‘Fill me full.’ I’m neither jaded nor foolish or egotistical enough to believe that I can’t learn new things every day. I’m much too egotistical to compose you a lyric that doesn’t stir my heart.”

For the time being, performing with a small group of friends is enough to make him famous. “Until we can take it to the next level,” the singer adds, “all I can tell you is that when I’m in the room rehearsing, it’s all love. I mean, simply performing ‘Legendary’ live with the boys makes us all grin.”

“Not only are we doing it because we’re playing together, but I get to jokingly and seriously say, ‘Oh, time to play another hit.'” Oh well,” he says, seeming to be unhappy before cracking one of those grins. “It’s a hit and you’re like, ‘Damn, this feels good.'”

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