On their fifth album Baltimoreâ€™s The Bridge seriously ups the ante, offering their best release to date.National Bohemian, which was produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin, is packed with fresh material that places greater emphasis on vocals than the groupâ€™s past efforts. The resulting album replaces their improv-heavy jam past with a more authentic, gritty form of cohesively orchestrated Americana rock.
Standout tracks include â€œLong Way To Climb,â€ complete with beautiful slide guitar;â€œGeraldine,â€ which showcases loud, roaring saxophones; and â€œRosie,â€ complete with barroom bravado that screams out â€œthis is rock-n-roll.”
Though The Bridge recently informed fans they will be calling it quits after their annual Thanksgiving show later this year, the masses can rejoice in the fact that National Bohemian will forever serve as a testament to the band at their very best.
National Bohemian is out now on Woodberry Records.