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Title - 'The Bridge'
Artist - Elizabeth Geyer

For those not in the know, Elizabeth Geyer is an Australian who began her career as a jazz trumpeter, playing with various jazz groups and in backing bands for a range of pop performers, both in Australia and in the US. Paul Adams is known as an instrument builder and for making somewhat atmospheric music with native American style flutes.

And so, as you would expect, they became collaborators in the studio and the rest, as they say (four albums in) is history. Indeed, it was actually the late record executive Bruce Lundvall, who was in charge of Blue Note Records, who propelled Geyer to the forefront of her jazz background.

Indeed, it seems Geyer's dream was always to make music that might touch others, much like it has touched her along the way. Ergo, The Bridge has obviously been a long journey, an entire series of leaps of faith, one can only imagine, for the album - all 13 tracks - once heard, are not easily forgotten. What I mean is that once you get to the end of the album you hit Repeat (you will, trust me) and you listen more intently than you did the first time. The storytelling laid out between the lyrics brings forth a collection of songs that come to create a whole stunning musical work of art - one that scans and spans Geyer's personal life, one imagines.

1. 'The Bridge'
2. 'Waterfalls and Rainbows'
3. 'Goodnight Romeo'
4. 'Home'
5. 'Perfect Life'
6. 'Rain Falls'
7. 'The Party'
8. 'The Jewel'
9. 'I Weep'
10. 'Postcards from Paradise'
11. 'The Wall'
12. 'Place to Fly'
13. 'Rose'

The album begins beautifully with the title track itself, 'The Bridge,' and is backed by both the stirring 'Waterfalls and Rainbows,' and the piano-enfused 'Goodnight Romeo.' The singer/songwriter with jazz sensibilities continues onward with the trumpeter enhanced 'Home,' before bringing forth both the piano-backed duo 'Perfect Life' and 'Rain Falls.' Produced, engineered and mixed by the aforementioned Paul Adams, in addition to playing guitar and any instruments that Geyer could not, we continue on with The Party' ("Just because your heart can hear your words, doesn't mean your heart can hear your soul"), a track that hums along without a care in the world.

Her long awaited fourth album continues with 'The Jewel,' the ballad 'I Weep,' and is then followed by the crisp piano lite 'Postcards From Paradise.' 'The Wall' is next, and is backed by the effervescent 'Place To Fly,' and the final track on this simply divine, cultured, honest album, the Flamenco guitar-led instrumental, 'Rose.'

Having begun the writing for The Bridge when getting on a plane in Australia for Peoria, Illinois in Winter, 2013, having taken three long years to come to fruition, these 13 new songs are as good as anything that has gone before from Geyer - if not better. As she herself has said before, "Life is not easy, but it is full of great beauty. My hope is that these songs capture that." Well, having now listened to this album, in full, four times tonight, I can honestly say, mission accomplished, Elizabeth. Mission accomplished.

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