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  • Summary: The first studio album from the rapper in over 20 years features guests such as Big Daddy Jane, Busta Rhymes, KRS One, Q-Tp, and Snoop Dogg.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Flash and his collaborators provide good beats and rhymes so if this is what a "studio album" is for Flash in 2009 let's just hope there are plenty more on the way.
  2. The Bridge is undoubtedly well-produced and nearly every guest emcee puts forth respectable effort, but the whole album is missing that one song that could take it to the next level.
  3. Mojo
    While beats like 'Shine All Day's' electronic bounce feel odd at first, they gradually begin to make sense, while KRS-One's 'What If?' and the Supernatural-helmed 'Tribute To The Breakdancer' will keep the most ardent old-schoooler happy. [Apr 2009, p.108]
  4. 50
    Overall, The Bridge has a very Reagan-era vibe, and not just due to appearances by KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane.
  5. Uncut
    The album's ersatz old school mode inevitably pales when judged against the revolutionary Flash asides. [Mar 2009, p86]
  6. Q Magazine
    Only the stripped-down electro of 'Here Comes My DJ' shows anything like his old form. [Apr 2009, p.105]
  7. The production of The Bridge sounds like it came out of an extended catch-up session, the work of a man best accustomed to the breakbeat era's techniques trying his hand at the last ten years' worth of club-rap digitalism.

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    The title would suggest that this album is going to bridge the gap between hip-hop's origins and today's mainstream records. UnfortunatelyThe title would suggest that this album is going to bridge the gap between hip-hop's origins and today's mainstream records. Unfortunately Flash's productions are underwhelming and his vocal collaborations are slightly off the radar. Sometimes I feel that Flash is just aimlessly mixing tracks in his attempt to find a balance between vibrant club hip-hop and old-school DJ looping. The end result is that the record lacks direction and is let down by generally weak vocal contributions. Overall its a mixed bag but the standout track "Shine All Day" is worth a listen. 6/10 62/100 Expand
  2. AlexF
    Mar 18, 2009
    It's just not good. The beats sound very messy and Grandmaster Flash didn't just deliver his best on this one. Extremely disappointed.