The Bridge: Concept of a Culture

  • Record Label: Strut
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Mojo
    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]
  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. 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.
  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
    40
    The album's ersatz old school mode inevitably pales when judged against the revolutionary Flash asides. [Mar 2009, p86]
  6. Q Magazine
    40
    Only the stripped-down electro of 'Here Comes My DJ' shows anything like his old form. [Apr 2009, p.105]
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    6
    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 Full Review »
  2. AlexF
    Mar 18, 2009
    3
    It's just not good. The beats sound very messy and Grandmaster Flash didn't just deliver his best on this one. Extremely disappointed.