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Bridger – Bridger [2011]

Another pleasant surprise by this new Melodic Hard Rock outfit name Bridger. Escape Music usually has a habit of launching these projects bands who consequently reward the listener with high quality material, and this case is no different. Glen Bridger? When I first saw that name, I didn’t have the slightest idea who he was.

BRIDGER is the namesake solo album from guitarist Glen Bridger. Glen steps out of his role as the current lead guitarist for classic rock band Head East to offer ten original songs in the melodic rock / classic rock style, and one tribute song. Vocals are handled by Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White), bass by fellow Head East mate Greg Manahan, keyboards by Sam McCaslin (Michael Schenker, Carmen Appice), and oddly named fellow, Danzoid, on drums. JK Northrup also pops up to lend a hand on guitar and bass. What we pick up here is the combination of former 80′s players with a new polish modern rock sound while the song writing and the musicianship is surprisingly laid back.

Of course, a solo album is to feature the principle player, and Bridger’s skills as song composer and guitarist are quite impressive throughout. He successfully navigates the music he knows best, melodic hard rock with some AOR flavor. Anyway, the dominating part of the album are definitely Terry Ilous’ vocals. He’s one of the best, most versatile singers around and really can do no wrong. Terry could sing a song about actuaries and still make it interesting. Terry’s ability to move from rockin’ dynamics to the smooth sensuality on the ballads is quite significant.

So what we have here is an album that contains some neat stuff, although not all the songs are completely convincing. Certainly not a failure by any means, “Bridger” still have a way to go before rule on the major leagues, but their traditional melodic approach to rock will please fans of the genre worldwide.

Band Members
Terry Ilous vocals
Glen Bridger guitars
Greg Manahan bass
Danzoid drums, percussion
Sam McCaslin keyboards

JK Northrup additional guitars and bass
Larry Hart additional bass
Eddy Jones additional drums and percussion
Marcus Nand additional drum loop programming, keys, guitars
Mark Murtha additional keys, electric and steel guitar

1. Tuesday Afternoon
2. How Long
3. On the Ledge
4. Don’t Push Me
5. Without a sound
6. Free
7. Live for the Moment
8. Good to be Home
9. Gonna Get Better
10. Once in a Lifetime
11. Heaven and Hell (Tribute to Ronni James Dio)





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