Review Published Mar 15, 1999
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EB Rating - 4.0
- Turnin' Off
- Mustang Sally
- Do You Hear The Rain
- J.B. Shuffle
- Makes No Sense
One of the first things to make an impression when listening to
Burning Bridges for the first time is the unusually deep, clear voice of vocalist/guitarist
Guitar Pete. His vocal style sounds to be more like that of a
smooth & soulful R&B singer, especially on the slower ballads. Pete counters this vocal
style with blues-rock guitar leads, as he runs through a set of 9 originals and one cover tune, Mustang Sally.
The songs range from slow blues and ballads, to pop and shuffles, sometimes reminicent of
ZZ-Top. The mix of harder,
blues-rock guitar oriented material to more melodic music and ballads is about even. I enjoy a good ballad every now and again, but would
would have enjoyed a couple more hard blues or upbeat songs.
My favorite songs from the CD include Jellyfish, an upbeat, humorous ode to the full figured woman,
Makes No Sense, the one straight blues number, Chillin', a groovin' blues-rock
instrumental, and the set's closer, Gasoline, a ballad which features some nice, soulful guitar work.
While the song selection includes a bit too much in the way of nice melodies and ballads for my tastes, this is my only major negative comment.
I enjoy Guitar Pete's guitar playing, and after a short period of adjustment, found that his R&B flavored vocals work well with the blues.