michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — JEFF BRIDGES

In album review on 07/28/2011 at 10:52 am

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

(Blue Note/EMI)

The seeds for the debut album by Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges were planted two years ago, when the veteran actor played a down-and-out country singer in Crazy Heart.On the record’s 10 songs he sings the same sort of ragged Americana that gave his grizzled character a second chance. He even enlisted Crazy Heart‘s musical collaborator T Bone Burnett to produce and tapped the same batch of songwriters for Jeff Bridges. So yeah, it’s pretty much Crazy Heart Part II. Bridges’ rugged, laid-back voice is well-suited to the dusty-trail music; he’s both ragged and warm in his delivery. Still, only a few songs – like the catchy “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do” and the moody “Slow Boat,” which Bridges co-wrote – have a lasting presence. Jeff Bridges isn’t groundbreaking, but if you’re looking for pleasant-enough Americana, the dude provides.

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