This album is still too new for me to really give a definitive opinion on; however, I can tell you that after hearing the original album handed into the record company in 2004 Jon Bon Jovi did improve the album by pulling it back and adding a few new songs. I have issues with certain small changes (most notably on the title track) and the non-inclusion of "Unbreakable" (the best song tracked for these sessions and only on import versions); however, "Have a Nice Day" does not house any weak songs. "Bells of Freedom" is the weakest and it has continued to grow on me with each listen. My main quibble is that I don't feel like the band stretched themselves on this record. I'm all for power-pop-rock records, but I almost feel the band wrote and recorded this album in their sleep. While the album does not show growth on the band's writing abilities, it is a solid record.
Album Grade: B
Standout Tracks: "Last Man Standing", "Who Says You Can't Go Home", "Story of My Life", "Novocaine", "Unbreakable" (import only), "Complicated"
Bon Jovi: A Comprehensive Look Back by Tony Kuzminski