Former Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker never fails to impress with his original style of guitar playing, but “Bridge The Gap” showcases his finest work to date. He is on fire with his axe, and it is so out of control that no one can stop his 6-string brilliance here. The stellar lineup of musicians joining him on this album is Schenker’s most solid to date, with Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Tank) on vocals, Wayne Findlay (7-string guitar & keyboards), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums). It is very nice to Schenker jamming with his former Scorpions band mates (Buchholz & Rarebell), which has not happened since they all were in the Scorpions, when they recorded “Lovedrive” in 1979.
The chemistry is the best I’ve heard from Michael Schenker’s solo stint as a guitarist. “Bridge The Gap” shows what the end result is when you assemble the stop tier musicians in the world, recording a CD jam-packed with memorable heavy metal and hard rock songs. All 13 tracks on this album are brilliantly written and well put together in all musical aspects, and the lyrics too, the listener can relate to on a personal level.
“Lord Of The Lost And Lonely”, “Where The Wild Winds Blow” and “Because You Lied” are just few of the dozen memorable songs here found here. It is the overall musicianship and songwriting, which makes this record such a kick ass album. The production, mixing and the sound here is spot on, giving everybody’s performance here a boost of energy that’ll make you want to blaze a trail of glory throughout the metal universe, ya!!!
Calling all fans of Michael Schenker, Deep Purple, Rainbow, UFO and even the Scorpions. Having been a fan of Michael Schenker’s since the early nineties, I just might be too biased to say he rocks, but honestly, this is the best he has committed to the digital media so far, and it audible in every note he strikes. [In-akustik] Sarjoo Devani