Picks and Pans Review: Be Here Soon
Yes, it's that Jeff Bridges. The veteran actor, at 50, has become so intent on a music career that he has helped found a label, Ramp Records, to release his first album as a singer. Bridges will never be known as the Voice of the Millennium but he does have a relaxed, swinging style and a husky delivery reminiscent of Van Morrison and—for those with long memories—'50s star Guy Mitchell.
Bridges also wrote six of the album's nine songs. Among them are such enigmas as "She Lay Her Whip Down" and "Buddha+Christ at Large." Another original, "Choke," amusingly relates the pressure of romantic decision-making to sudden-death moments in sport. Ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, one of Bridges' cofounders at Ramp, co-produces and also adds his distinctive tenor on background vocals.
Bridges probably should keep his day job, but he is an enjoyable singer who displays the same affability and naturalness that make him such a terrific actor.
Bottom Line: Acting like a pretty fair singer