“When We Were Beautiful” is part of The Circle album. The eleventh studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. Released on November 10, 2009, the album was produced by John Shanks. The album debuted at #1 in several countries, including the U.S., where it sold 163,000 copies in its first week.

The Circle takes the band back to the rock roots after their prior Nashville country music influenced album Lost Highway.

n an interview given to Rolling Stone, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora says the album is a return to “rock and roll” and said “There’s going to be some big choruses on there. It sounds like Bon Jovi, but it sounds fresh. We experimented with a lot of new sounds and had a really good time working with John Shanks, who is also a really good guitar player, so he and I did a lot of ‘weaseling’ with the guitar sounds. There are a lot of really good guitar sounds and new kind atmospheres on the new Bon Jovi record, that I think makes it really modern. I think people are going to dig it, man. And it rocks hard.”

In an interview on UK radio station Absolute Radio, Jon Bon Jovi stated the album title has multiple meanings. It stands for the fact that a circle is never-ending, and that it also refers to Bon Jovi’s inner circle – stating that “in this organization, the circle is very difficult to get into, and even more difficult to get out of.”

The lead single, “We Weren’t Born To Follow” is about the tough times we are experiencing in this economic crisis. “Superman Tonight” was released as the second single followed by “When We Were Beautiful” as the third single, all of which featuring music videos. Work For The Working Man which was released as a promo single was also written about the DHL plant that closed in Ohio. Before the official release of the album, U.S. President Barack Obama’s chief adviser David Axelrod had the lyrics to “Work for the Working Man” framed and hung in his White House office.

The album is the first record since 1988’s “New Jersey” not to feature bonus tracks (all the subsequent albums from 1992’s Keep The Faith through to 2007’s Lost Highway have included songs not available in the USA). Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi has stated that there were one or two songs that he left off the album that could have been bonus tracks which he wanted to keep for the Greatest Hits.

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