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Bridge

Bridge

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Considering how much Blues Traveler have gone through since their last surfacing -- from the death of bassist Bobby Sheehan to the health problems that forced frontman John Popper to drop more than 200 pounds -- it's not surprising to find them shying away from the upbeat sounds of their previous work. Bridge directly addresses the

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Considering how much Blues Traveler have gone through since their last surfacing -- from the death of bassist Bobby Sheehan to the health problems that forced frontman John Popper to drop more than 200 pounds -- it's not surprising to find them shying away from the upbeat sounds of their previous work. Bridge directly addresses the loss of their comrade, who overdosed in 1999, on the poignant, gnashing "Pretty Angry (for J. Sheehan)" and indirectly speaks to the void as well, most notably on the sweeping "Decision of the Skies." Unfortunately, Popper and company still seem steeped in a maudlin state, which weighs down songs like "Sadly a Fiction" and "Rage," the latter coming across as more depressed than ticked-off. In contrast to his full-bodied (no pun intended) performances of days gone by, Popper sounds somewhat listless: He unsheathes his quiver of harmonicas only sporadically, lacing just a few songs, including the spry "Girl Inside My Head," with the typically clever solos fans have come to know and love. Taking its title at face value, Bridge would seem to be a link designed to take Blues Traveler to their ultimate destination, and not an end in itself. Here's hoping they find a happier place to put down stakes.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Blues Traveler went through a lot after their sequel to Four, Straight on Till Morning, stiffed in 1997. John Popper went through a severe health scare after cutting a schizophrenic solo album and, not long afterward, bassist Bob Sheehan died from a drug overdose. Reeling on both the personal and professional fronts, they took some time off, resurfacing mid-way through 2001 with Bridge, the album they should have released as the sequel to Four. This cuts back significantly on winding jams, upping the ante with tight songs and performances, a clean muscular production, and a lack of vocal histrionics from Popper. Melodically, they've rarely been stronger, and there's a sense of peace and maturity to the record that's appealing, especially since it's weighted with an undercurrent of loss and experience. This doesn't surface all that often, yet it's enough to provide a substantive center to one of the group's strongest records. They may not be in the public spotlight anymore, but the return to relative anonymity, along with the decade of experience underneath their belt, has mellowed and enriched their music, and while this may not be a record that will win new fans, it's certainly one that satisfies anyone that's taken the journey with them.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949089528
catalogNumber:
490895

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