Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Spagett USER (12 Reviews)
November 27th, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some great, overlooked classic rock from a generally underrated guitarist.

My father is the one responsible for getting me into music and he did so by showing me some of the best from his era, that era being the 1970’s. He showed me albums like Led Zeppelin IV, Boston, Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones), and this album, Bridge of Sighs by British blues guitarist, Robin Trower. This used to be one of my favorites as a kid and I hadn’t listened to it again until recently. Listening to it again, now with more of an open mind to different kinds of music, I feel like I can say that I can fully appreciate this wonderful record. It’s a very fun listen with enough flashy licks to satisfy the guitar player.

I knew as a kid that this was certainly a great offering upon hearing the title track, “Bridge of Sighs”. Through listening to this song, I felt that I knew what a guitar should sound like. Robin Trower’s guitar roars (literally) through the surreal soundscapes set by the ambient textures. Vocalist and Bassist James Dewar does great in both of his respective departments; his singing perfectly complements the hypnotizing guitar line and his skills as a bassist shouldn’t be overlooked as he is definitely technically proficient and does well alongside drummer Reg Isidore. That being said, Reg definitely ain’t a slouch on the kit. Yeah, this song is slow, but going slow on the kit isn’t quite as easy as most would think. Most musicians’ ideal tempo is around 112 beats per minute and this song is around 45-50 and he does it quite nonchalantly to say the least. You’re probably thinking now, “Man, if this song is so slow then how in the world could I possibly listen to it without nodding off or something?” That my friend brings us back to those ambient textures I love to rave about. Without any ambiance or reverb behind the song it would surely be a dozer but these “sonic decorations”, if you will, keep the listener on edge. The lyrics are pretty great as well:

The sun don't shine
The moon don't move the tides,
to wash me clean
Sun don't shine
The moon don't move the tides,
to wash me clean
Why so unforgiving and why so cold
Been a long time crossing Bridge of Sighs

“Bridge of Sighs” was written about a bridge in Venice, Italy of the same name where criminals waited to cross to their imprisonment; getting their last glimpse of the outside world. Truly heavy stuff if you ask me. This album certainly provides for the “Goldilocks principle”, as the songs are never too indulgent and fall just correctly within the realm of good songwriting. In a matter of speaking, Robin Trower and co. certainly knew how to stir the porridge on this release.

As far as riffs go, “Bridge of Sighs” is packed with them. Trower plays with a jazzy flare and is never too flashy as all the licks are there simply to provide for the music instead of showing off his chops (cough Yngwie Malmsteen cough). Both “Day of the Eagle” and “Too Rolling Stoned” feature a very catchy funk laced riff and how could anybody forget the aforementioned title track’s main riff? “The Fool in Me” features a funky stomping rhythm section which is a perfect partner to Trower’s riff-age. The solo in this song is probably my favorite off the album behind “Bridge of Sighs” on the “just right” scale. Trower enters with a chaotically strummed set of 9th chords and then proceeds to tear the face off the listener with his guitar expertise. Even on the more jamming tracks, “Bridge of Sighs” doesn’t falter or fail in anyway.

However, this album really shines when the group goes softer. “About to Begin” is a perfect change of pace from the rocking tracks. The track features a waltz-y rhythm from the drum set, mellow tones from Trower and some emotionally charged vocals from James Dewar. Dewar’s voice though sometimes having an imposing masculinity on other tracks really calms down on this one. If placed anywhere else in the tracklist, this song wouldn’t have the effect it has. “In This Place” also provides more room for Dewar to shine as well as effectively changing the pace from the title track before it.

In conclusion, with “Bridge of Sighs”, Robin Trower succeeds, but he didn’t do it alone. Without James Dewar or Reg Isidore this would have been a different release. On most songs, Trower is the highlight though on some tracks like “The Fool in Me”, the rhythm section really shines. Overall, this is a wonderful release. If you’re a fan of cool guitar riffs or just a fan of classic rock in general, this is definitely a release for you.

Recommended Tracks:
“Bridge of Sighs”
“The Fool in Me”
“About to Begin”
“Little Bit of Sympathy”



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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


20645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Props for reviewing this, album rules hard. Trower is awesome.

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YankeeDudel
November 27th 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ooh trower nice shit

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fiendish
November 27th 2012


44 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dat title track

wacknizzle
November 27th 2012


13215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review, this album is sadly overlooked.

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CaptainDooRight
November 27th 2012


29130 Comments


dude is that a fucking manatee mouth

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bloc
November 27th 2012


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this guy. He's like the white Hendrix.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012


20645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you listened to any of the stuff he did with Procol Harum yet potsy? Think I might have rec'd you the album Shine On Brightly a while ago.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012


20645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol. It's very different from this, it's early/'proto'-prog not blues rock, but Trower lays down some nice bluesy licks and solos.

wacknizzle
January 24th 2013


13215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The title track from this rocks so hard, that riff is classic

wacknizzle
January 24th 2013


13215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's pretty badass. I'm glad my dad showed me this and gave me his old vinyl copy.

manosg
February 17th 2013


6070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album that every rock fan should listen. The singer reminds me of Paul Rodgers. The title track is some heavy sh*t.

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Inveigh
May 8th 2013


24963 Comments


rules so hard

bloc
May 8th 2013


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His new album ain't too shabby either

Underflow
July 1st 2013


2563 Comments


Amazing album. Also, Opeth's version of the title track is rad.

NeroCorleone80
September 21st 2013


28998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea this is amazing. So close to a 5. The main riff and outro of the title track is so good

mark7477
February 8th 2014


393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is better than excellent the songs just keep coming and I will add Lady Love and Day of the Eagle on top of bridge of sighs explaining how great this piece of work is in the first place.

NeroCorleone80
February 8th 2014


28998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So good

manosg
February 8th 2014


6070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Indeed. Title track is awesome.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2014


16008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeh this is really goof



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