CD review: Jeff Bridges 'Jeff Bridges' (Blue Note/EMI) Dude does dandy, dirge-like country-rock
Although his dad was famous film actor Lloyd Bridges, seen every week on the ’50s TV underwater action series “Sea Hunt,” Jeff Bridges’ head was always swimming in daydreams of
Having handled his own playing and singing quite impressively in that film must have put him in the mood for taking another shot at his boyhood ambition (his 2000 album debut “Be Here Soon” met with mixed reviews), and his self-titled sophomore collection of country-rock covers and originals goes down as smooth as the finest Southern sippin’ whiskey (or maybe a few of the Dude’s white Russians) thanks in no small measure to the control-tweaking talents of Bridges’ longtime buddy, producer/musician extraordinaire T Bone Burnett.
Bridges’ Everly Brothers-inspired reworking of Stephen Bruton and Gary Nicholson’s “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do” (harmonizing with Ryan Bingham) makes for a promisingly upbeat opener, while the Bridges original, “Falling Short,” is a wistful, almost delicate blend of hi-string acoustic and cello-like baritone electric guitars and leather-voiced existential musings that can only be described as an elegant chamber-country hybrid.
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