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5.0 out of 5 stars Good songs from a good singer/actor, August 16, 2011
This review is from: Jeff Bridges (Audio CD)
Most people know Jeff Bridges as the actor who played a country music star in the 2009 movie "Crazy Heart." But he is also a talented musician and song writer, as one listen to his self titled major label debut album will attest. Bridges was smart enough to surround himself with an all star line up of song writers. This includes T Bone Burnett (Bridges' Crazy Heart collaborator and winner of several Grammy Awards), Stephen Bruton (Bridges' guitar coach on Crazy Heart), John Goodwin, Greg Brown and Bo Ramsay. Bridges has also recruited a list of top notch musicians to play on the album: keyboardist Keefus Ciancia, guitarist Mark Ribot, bassist Dennis Crouch, pedal-steel guitarist Russ Pahl, and drummer Jay Bellerose, as well as guest vocalists Rosanne Cash, Ryan Bingham, Sam Phillips, and Benji Hughes. The resulting sounds are amazing. "What A Little Bit of Love Can Do" is the album's opening track and the perfect way to start things off. This song features amazing vocals that shows Bridges is the real deal. "Maybe I Missed the Point" is a country-ish tune with deep meaningful lyrics. Bridges absolutely nails the chorus which is both catchy and melodic. "Nothing Yet" has the feel of someone who is later in life (Bridges is in his 60's) who is taking an introspective look at his life. Roseanne Cash contributes some incredible harmonies which are simply angelic. "Blue Car" is a slower song featuring a twanging piano and a nice back beat rhythm. "Slow Boat" picks up the pace with some strong, straight ahead, rock and roll style guitars driving the song forward. "Everything But Love" is a romantic love ballad filled with passion and emotion. Overall the album features a set of songs that are crisp and fresh, well written, and sound awesome. The best part of Bridges' vocals is his sincerity: you can tell he really means it. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2011 3:28:23 AM PDT
I thought Stephen Bruton had died of cancer - and before he was with Kris - but I may be mistaken; the bunch of musicians you mention is the usual crowd that comes with the producer - Sam Philips, his wife etc; Crouch, Bellerose - and that is exactly why some think the record could have been better without this producer, T-Bone; these musicians were wth BB King, Elton John/Leon Russell, Mellencamp, Eric Clapton, I have been compiling recently an overview of Burnett's works - with the amazing result : it sounds exactly like this record ; which may not be bad, definitely !! But don't expect things extraordinary from this, it's a producers fantasy ! Cheers from Berlin
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