The album starts off with a bang. Because We Can is an inspirational track that typifies the band's more recent songs. It's fresh and invigorating, reflecting the direction the band has been trying to take.
The title track is the strongest here, so it's no surprise it was picked for the album name. It's a stripped-down blend of guitar and Bon Jovi's characteristic voice.
This new approach is clear on the other tracks, too. A calmer, more soothing vibe shows itself towards the end of the playlist with tracks like The Fighter and Room at the End of the World. The songs are missing the distinguishing noise and character of Bon Jovi classics, but they still have an interesting dynamic worth a listen.
Overall though, What About Now lacks the quality that we expect from Bon Jovi. Individual songs are good, but there's nothing to rival the iconic status of It's My Life or Livin' On a Prayer.
YP Rating: 3/5