The Bridge: The Bridge

By: Bill Clifford

Originally independently released by The Bridge in March of 2007, this eponymous full-length studio recording has received national distribution through a re-release by Hyena Records. The band's third album, it goes a long way towards capturing the true sound and direct influences of this quintet, bettering the previous two CDs, a live recording and a hodgepodge of studio and live cuts. Guitarist-singer Cris Jacobs' vocals are very eerily reminiscent of Little Feat's Lowell George. The band furthers that influence by blending a diverse range of styles and genres - smooth rhythm & blues on opener "Get Back Up," New Orleans boogie on "Angelina" and "Easy Jane," Southern Blues on "Country Mile" and old school funk on "Shake 'Em Down." Founding member Kenny Liner has used vocal percussion, or what's more commonly known as beatboxing, in performance to differentiate The Bridge from other improvisational bands. However, in the studio, set against the good time southern rock, "The Ballad Of Clear Rock" sounds out of place and gimmicky. Still, The Bridge spans the gap between the classic rock of Little Feat and The Grateful Dead and modern southern soul and funk.

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Muffinman1 Sat 1/26/2008 03:16PM
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Yeah B-More!!

barnylee starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/26/2008 04:00PM
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Yeah Bridge!!!! Thanks for taking the time to review the album! Love it! These guys are the best! Catch em when they come to a town near ya!

LGreeny starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/26/2008 04:22PM
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yeeeaaaahhh bridge! awesome album, amazing band. check em out!

mudbuddy11 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/26/2008 08:14PM
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These guys are a class act, and are going to be HUGE! See them while they are small in small venues.... they are so much fun, gets you to move, chris is an amazing guitar player, and the rest of the band is as talented as they get. I've seen these guys at a festival in the midwest, one on the westcoast, and a show in the midwest that only 5 or 10 people showed up to... they played just as well each time... but each time getting even better, if thats possible. I cant wait these guys to put out more songs. I would travel to see these guys again, and again, and again...

rscrane Sun 1/27/2008 06:08AM
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The Bridge is the best kick-ass funky blues rock n roll band.

Lenox Sun 1/27/2008 08:05AM
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I saw these guys at allgood this past year, they opened the entire festival on friday and WOW, they blew me away. By far the single most surprising show of the entire weekend.

headiedreadie4 starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/27/2008 03:39PM
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THE BRIDGE WILL ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! Long time fan and fulltime supporter of them. Every show is something to remember. The cd is great but the live show is much more free. Make sure you check them out , there on tour always so there coming to a town near you.

moejoerisin Mon 1/28/2008 01:46PM
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mudbuddy - i've thought that for about three years now.. don't know why these guys aren't waayyy more popular. they make great music that a lot of people would enjoy. who knows, but i sure hope they keep making it!

rjd999 Tue 1/29/2008 01:59PM
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I love these guys. I've met them all before, and they are all very humble, down to earth fellas. I am actually going to see them this saturday at the State Theatre in Falls Church on a double bill with RAQ. Definitely amped for that. And as the reviewer put it, I do think Kenny is nasty on the beatbox, but it is kind of overkill when its done with such regularity. I think he has a unique approach to the mandolin, and that should be more of a focal point, as opposed to the "hey did you see the white guy doing the beatbox" shtick. Dont get me wrong though, his intro to Drop the Beat always gets the crowd rockin, and its always a blast. I agree with everyone in here, if you havent seen these guys yet, get out there and get your boogie on.

jimijamson starstarstarstar Tue 1/29/2008 02:17PM
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great band....cant wait for the falls church set

permilla starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/31/2008 09:22AM
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Good press fellas! Thanks Hyena Records!

EnlightenedMusic starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/31/2008 04:08PM
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The Bridge has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two years. It can't be long before the world catches on. This CD has been in heavy rotation on my Ipod since it was first released. Can't wait to get the next album.

I've seen them a couple dozen times and they never disappoint!!

IowanGirl420 Sat 2/2/2008 02:48PM
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amazing band, you can plan on seeing them alot in the future cause they truely are gonna explode. i found this out at all good for sure.