Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 83
    Crazy Heart reminded us that the Oscar-winning actor could sing, so the surprise here isn't Bridges' worn-denim vocals, which producer T Bone Burnett surrounds with his trademark chamber-country atmospherics.
  2. Sep 1, 2011
    80
    Jeff Bridges might not be the actor's most emotional performance - to see that you need to watch the last five minutes of Fearless - but it is a surprisingly heartfelt piece of work, packed with enough hooks and harmonies to show he's obviously a keen student of the greats.
  3. Aug 25, 2011
    80
    If you're a fan of Burnett's sound or just plain curious you'll find this a welcome project that does exactly what it sets out to do.
  4. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    Here, as always, he turns out to be a natural. [Sep 2011, p.81]
  5. Aug 16, 2011
    75
    Bridges has talented friends and mentors who help bring out the best in him, which is surprisingly good.
  6. Aug 16, 2011
    75
    Bridges' frayed charisma fits these songs perfectly. Nostalgic yet out of time, welcoming but secretly brooding, the combination creates an audio correlative to the beloved characters he's played on-screen.
  7. Aug 23, 2011
    70
    True to form, his major-label debut is a personal, understated and unpredictable collection.
  8. Aug 16, 2011
    70
    Like many actors who try their hand at music, Bridges may have made this record because he could, and the acclaim for "Crazy Heart'' offered him a prime opportunity. It's so winning, however, because Bridges had something to say.
  9. Aug 15, 2011
    70
    In general there's the dusky, reverberant sound of the album, which turns Mr. Bridges into a cog in the T Bone Burnett Americana machine.
  10. Sep 8, 2011
    60
    [Bridges] convincingly inhabits a batch of mostly self-penned story songs that radiate a weary gravitas and wry existentialism. [Oct 2011, p.96]
  11. 60
    It's all tastefully arranged.
  12. Aug 19, 2011
    60
    The tunes mostly stick to a low-tempo, shuffling formula, though Bridges gets a chance to stretch a bit in a few scattershot moments of idiosyncrasy.
  13. Aug 16, 2011
    60
    Sure, this album gains depth from his film history - these laid-back country-rock songs suggest a cleaned-up Bad Blake, or a Dude with ambitions beyond the bowling lanes.
  14. Aug 15, 2011
    60
    In some ways, Bridges is falling short, but it fortunately has nothing to do with a lack of talent. On that note, Bridges succeeds quite well. What he needs to do is clear: More Jeff Bridges, less Bad Blake.
  15. Aug 15, 2011
    60
    The ghostly "Slow Boat," which Bridges co-wrote with Burnett and Thomas Cobb, shares its title with a song referenced in Cobb's Crazy Heart, but which was unused in the film adaptation. These underplayed self-referential moments add character to the album and allow Bridges to make it a more definitive personal statement.
  16. Aug 31, 2011
    55
    Jeff Bridges is all quiet and sepia-toned, dripping like molasses in dollops of hammy pedal steel, placid acoustic guitars, and Bridges' cracked vocal chords.
  17. Aug 23, 2011
    50
    The album might be an extension of its namesake's enduring Dude-itude, but this time he's takin' it a little too easy for all us sinners.
  18. Aug 19, 2011
    50
    The problem with Jeff Bridges is, it sounds like he's trying hard to be cool, and that's all down to T-Bone Burnett, who dampens everything natural about this music with the artificially authentic.
  19. Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Bridges' country-fried drawl gets wonky (see the shuffling "Blue Car"), but when the pieces come together -- as on laid-back, folksy charmers like "Everything but Love" and "Maybe I Missed the Point" -- the result is as comfortable and unpretentious as the Dude's bathrobe.
  20. 40
    Bridges' rough baritone talk/sung voice just doesn't connect with songs and production that seem lazy, if somewhat less self-indulgent than other successful actors who try to make their mark as singers.
  21. 40
    Bridges' voice and guitar playing are also serviceable, but the lack of variety causes the album to fall short of becoming recommendable.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    10
    this just shows you how amazingly talented jeff bridges is all around he really is a brilliant person. It's like he can do anything, i wonder if he's human. elduderreno lol Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2011
    10
    C'mon, it's JEFF BRIDGES. EVERYONE loves Jeff Bridges. Hence, you will all love his new album. Because it's Jeff Bridges. FInally finding a way out of the bowling circuit with nice, well played if middling country blues. The Dude abides. Full Review »