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Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - Bridge the Gap

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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There's no questioning the prowess of veteran guitarist Michael Schenker but he's also earned a reputation for putting out uneven albums with songs that tend to lack memorable hooks. That's not the case here though.

Bridge the Gap begins with the brief but very dynamic instrumental "Neptune Rising" which fades into the radio ready and extremely hooky "Where the Wild Winds Blow," a tune clearly destined to quickly become a fan favorite.

And there's no let up from there; drummer Herman Rarebell (ex Scorpions) pounds like he's trying to catch up to a runaway train on "Horizons," "Lord of the Lost and Lonely" has organ riffing by Wayne Findlay that gives the song a Deep Purple feel, and singer Doogie White, another performer that's known for uneven work, sounds fantastic throughout.

Schenker and White wrote all the songs here and they are really clicking, especially on Dio-esque numbers like "Temple of the Holy" and the "Holy Diver"-inspired "Bridges We Have Burned."

There's no telling what the album title actually refers to but this album completely bridges the gap from the second-tier where Schenker has dwelt for so long to the upper echelon where he's always belonged. Bridge the Gap is a solid listen all the way through and fans should not hesitate to jump on this one right away.

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - Bridge the Gap
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