Jon Bon Jovi planned to release Bon Jovi 2020 early in 2020 but like everybody else in the world, his plans for the year changed. Taking advantage of his time in a Covid-inspired quarantine, JBJ rejiggered Bon Jovi 2020 so it reflected all the political turmoil of the year, adding songs about war, disease, empathy, and compassion. Jon Bon Jovi doesn't disguise his somber attitude. He reigns in both volume and hooks, keeping focus on lyrics and mood, resulting in a record that deliberately avoids good times even when Jon Bon Jovi is singing about love and transcendence. To his credit, Bon Jovi never avoids directly confronting America's ills -- he lays it all out in "American Reckoning" and implores listeners to "Do What You Can" -- but despite the good intentions, Bon Jovi 2020 winds up getting swallowed up by its heavy-handed rhythms and earnest murk.
Bon Jovi 2020 Review
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine