Jeff Bridges (album)

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Jeff Bridges
Studio album by Jeff Bridges
Released August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
Recorded Brooklyn, New York
Los Angeles, California
Genre Country
Length 40:11
Label Blue Note/EMI
Producer T-Bone Burnett
Jeff Bridges chronology
Be Here Soon
(2000)
Jeff Bridges
(2011)
Singles from Jeff Bridges
  1. "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do"
    Released: August 15, 2011

Jeff Bridges is the second album of American actor and singer-songwriter Jeff Bridges. It was released on August 16, 2011, via Blue Note Records and EMI Records. On April 19, 2011, it was announced through CMT that Bridges had a signed a recording contract with Blue Note Records and will work with producer T-Bone Burnett.[1]

The song "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" was released as the first single on August 15, 2011.[2]

Background[edit]

Bridges starred in the film Crazy Heart in 2009, where he portrayed a fallen country music singer. On the soundtrack to the film, Bridges sang five of the sixteen songs. In 2011, he signed with jazz music label Blue Note Records, where they announced Bridges will record and release his debut album later in the year.

On May 23, 2011, the official track listing and other information regarding the album was released.[3] Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Benji Hughes appear as guest vocalists on the album.[3]

The opening track, "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do", was released as the lead-off single on August 15, 2011. It was released to Triple A radio format.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The album was expected to debut on the Billboard 200 within the Top 40,[4] and did indeed debut at number 25 as well at number 10 on the Top Country Albums, number two on Folk Albums and number 5 on the Top Rock Albums chart.[5]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[6]
Cinema Blend 3/5 stars[7]
Engine145 3.5/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[10]
Taste of Country 1.5/5 stars[11]
Spin 5/10 stars[12]

Sam Gazdziak, of Engine145, reviewed the album and gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five.[8] Gazdziak praised the album for its custom sound, along with each songwriter and guest vocalists. He described the album as "slow", noting that Bridges "growls" through the slower songs. Gazdziak also noted that "Tumbling Vine" and "Falling Short", songs Bridges wrote himself, are nicely sung and arranged, though they tend to be a little too dense and esoteric.[8]

Spin gave the album a score or 5/10, writing, "Bridges' country-fried drawl gets wonky (see the shuffling 'Blue Car'), but when the pieces come together -- as on laid-back, folksy charmers like 'Everything but Love' and 'Maybe I Missed the Point' -- the result is as comfortable and unpretentious as the Dude's bathrobe."[12]

Taste of Country reviewer Billy Dukes gave the album a one-and-half out of five-star rating.[11] Dukes criticized the album for being too slow, and compared the album to teenagers at a bowling alley playing a game.[11] Dukes closed his review by saying that "if [Bridges] wants his music career to take off, [Bridges] may be wise to ask Bad Blake, Bridges' character in Crazy Heart, how he'd sing these songs."[11]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine, of Allmusic, rated the album two-and-a-half stars out of five.[6] He criticized T-Bone Burnett for making the album "artificially authentic" and "drowsy Americana mythology". He also said that Bridges is trying to be cool, and that the production of the album resembled a "shuffling snail".[6]

Rolling Stone gave the album three stars out of five.[9] Reviewer Will Hermes pointed out that "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" is the highlight of the album. Hermes also praised Bridges' leathery voice, which makes the music sound "lived-in".[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do"   Stephen Bruton, Gary Nicholson 3:38
2. "Falling Short"   Jeff Bridges 3:19
3. "Everything But Love"   John Goodwin 4:26
4. "Tumbling Vine"   Bridges 2:29
5. "Nothing Yet"   Bruton 4:28
6. "Blue Car"   Greg Brown 4:24
7. "Maybe I Missed the Point"   Goodwin 3:31
8. "Slow Boat"   Bridges, Burnett, Thomas Cobb 6:01
9. "Either Way"   Robert Franklin Ramsey 4:53
10. "The Quest"   Goodwin 2:56

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 25
US Billboard Top Country Albums[13] 10
US Billboard Top Folk Albums[13] 2
US Billboard Top Rock Albums[13] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CMT : News : Jeff Bridges signs to Blue Note Records". Country Music Television. April 19, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Evan Schlansky (May 23, 2011). "Jeff Bridges Readies New Album, Jeff Bridges". The American Songwriter. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eli Young Band to Breathe 'Life' Into Billboard 200 Next Week". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Weekly Chart Notes: Jeff Bridges, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Album Review: Jeff Bridges' Self-Titled LP". Pop Blend. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Sam Gazdziak (August 17, 2011). "Album Review: Jeff Bridges — Jeff Bridges". Engine145. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Jeff Bridges by Jeff Bridges: Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Review: Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d Billy Dukes (August 16, 2011). "Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges — Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Cavalieri, Nate. Jeff Bridges, 'Jeff Bridges'. Spin.
  13. ^ a b c d "Chart listing for Jeff Bridges". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 25, 2011.