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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. Truly, though, I like to think that The Bridge takes the best of early- to mid-’90s hip-hop from New York, the synthesized sound of the last five to ten years, an interesting blend of MCs, and an ear for a slammin’ beat, and puts them together in a package that isn’t necessarily mind-blowing, but that is at least complete, well-intended, and meaningful.
  3. 60
    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. 40
    The album's ersatz old school mode inevitably pales when judged against the revolutionary Flash asides. [Mar 2009, p86]
  6. 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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  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.