Jeff Bridges isn’t only a singer onscreen; see his 2000 indie LP, Be Here Soon, featuring “Movin’,” a charming (if awkward) reggae jam, and his soulful honky-tonk contributions to the Crazy Heart soundtrack. 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. But with T Bone Burnett’s production and vocal assists from Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips, Bridges’ leathery voice makes this music sound lived-in. The Everly Brothers-style “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do” is the highlight, a pep-talk-turned-come-on from an earthy singer as affable as his film characters.
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