CD REVIEW: Bridge Construction - Rockslide Dancing
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/08/2011 - 12:31 AM EDT
Artist: Band: Bridge Construction
Album: Rockslide Dancing
Label: Pine Tar Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Maroon 5, Tom Petty, X
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Living in a Bunker,Shot to Kill, Holding on for the Weekend
Weakness: Winded songs & catalogue
Columbus Ohio’s own Bridge Construction releases their debut CD entitled Rockslide Dancing in 2011. Band members include Matt Angus (Bass), Pam Ison (vocals & percussion), Jay Munger (lead guitar & vocals), Chris Nye (vocals & rhythm guitar), Mike Mogen (drums & percussion) & Eric Alexander (drums)
The CD takes to flight with grooving intro piece “The Way We Play” an upbeat intro piece that serves up dynamic alternative rock groove, with dynamic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies & impressive vocal accents. Track 2 “Bright Shiny Morning” shifts gears a bit with its slamming rock groove meshed with well-placed vocal harmonies that flows & ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Shot to Kill” lets it all hang with it’s hard rocking guitar delivery, mesmerizing vocal reinforcements & thought provoking lyrical content. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Tom Petty, Maroon 5. Social Distortion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & even brief splashes of Oingo Boingo & X. Right from the start you will notice this band feels quite comfortable letting it all hang out, not holding anything back with respect to his musical expression. The overall musical signature is quite unique, upbeat, & has a hard rocking jam band feel to it. I would classify this music as Funkadelic-R&B with an Alternative Rock aftertaste. Musicianship is rock solid across the board as all band members write & play their musical parts well. I especially liked some of the slamming low end rock-funk grooves & guitar solos presented on the CD. Beside the 4 piece standard delivery you will also notice lush layers of instrumentation layered along the way with impressive Hammond Organ, Piano, impressive keyboard accents, well placed percussive accents, & amazing harmonies along the way. The vocal harmonies are extremely creative & well placed, as well as being well executed. The songs themselves are addictive, infectious & will make you want to dance. All songs possess a unique personality complete with signature groove. From thought provoking “The Great Big Song (Karma Farmer) to rocking “Holding on for the Weekend” to grooving “Living in a Bunker” , “Out in the Rain” & “Island” to melancholy “Someway” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with the title track the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses when listening to Rockslide Dancing. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line, & as a result the catalog as a whole is a bit winded.
Needless to say Rockslide Dancing by Bridge Construction is a fun musical experience from start to finish. Bridge Construction has proven himself with this release & hits home with their experience & their ability to make the musical connection. Their strong suit – its rock solid consistency, song for song vibe, & jam band flow. The music is original, creative, extremely melodic, & like the aforementioned will get you dancing without even trying.
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