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Bridger - 2011 Bridger

ARTIST: Bridger
ALBUM: Bridger
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Terry Ilous - vocals * Glen Bridger - guitars * Greg Manahan - bass * Danzoid - drums & percussion * Sam McCaslin - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tuesday Afternoon * 02 How Long * 03 On The Ledge * 04 Don't Push Me * 05 Without A Sound * 06 I'm Free * 07 Live For The Moment * 08 Good To Be Home * 09 Gonna Get Better * 10 Once In A Lifetime * 11 Heaven And Hell



Glen Bridger is a name I'm not familiar with, yet here he is as the main man behind a band full of name players. According to the PR notes, Bridger is a member of midwest faves Head East, a band whose current lineup and activity I'm in the dark with. Usually I would just consult the tried and trusty RYM (Rate Your to do a bit of research, but considering it's Head East we're talking about, it would just be as easy to ask regular GD atendee Nick Clarkson, who is the fountain of all knowledge re: HE.. lol! Looking at the other band members, well Terry Ilous is very much a recognised singer, previously with XYZ, while keyboardist Sam McCaslin has done time with Michael Schenker and Carmine Appice's solo band, and is of course better known as the man behind Retrospect Records, as any regular GD reader would know. Bridger (the band) are on Escape Music's roster, and soundwise are at the crossroads of bands such as the modern day offerings of Mr Big and their contemporaries.

The Songs
The band aren't stuck in one predominant style. They shuffle among the genres in a carefree way, and play what's put in front of them. In a way, this was probably detrimental to the overall appeal of the album. The Bridger sound is stripped back and has an earthy quality about it. You definitely wouldn't place it in the 'pink and fluffy' drawer, though it is inherently melodic, and powerful when it needs to be, though I wished it was more prominent. Highlights include the bluesy burner 'On The Ledge', the highly intense 'Don't Push Me', the groovy rock of 'Gonna Get Better' and the razor sharp metal of 'Heaven And Hell' (a tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio), which is my favourite track on the album. On the other songs, Bridger dip into a down-home version of blues based rock which didn't really set my fires burning. Songs like 'Without A Sound', 'Live For The Moment' and 'Good To Be Home' washed by without sticking in the consciousness. I much preferred it when the band crank up the electrics, as they have the firepower to really cause a musical inferno.

In Summary
Some good songs here, variable styles, but Bridger really needed to be a little more convincing overall to appeal to hard rock fans. Ditch the woosie songs and fire it up a little, that'll get many of us excited. A good start, we'll see what happens next time around.

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#1 | englandashes on February 11 2012 10:32:58
Picked this up recently, and have been very impressed, quite laid back in places, but enough here to keep my attention for the whole album. Ilous is like a smoother Paul Shortino from his Quiet Riot days.
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