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CD Review: Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges (Blue Note/EMI)

The seeds for the debut album by Jeff Bridges were planted two years ago, when the Oscar winner played a down-and-out country singer in Crazy Heart. On this record's 10 songs, he sings the same sort of ragged Americana that gave his grizzled movie 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 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. — Gallucci

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