At once cathartic and melodic, Cinder Bridge's songs combine addictive hooks and intelligent, insightful lyrics. With a surprisingly rich, piano-driven sound, the band outplays 85 percent of all cappuccino machines.
Unique sound – Whitney Vass, Local Radio Host for NPR affiliate WPSU
Cinder Bridge delivers a unique sound with a captivating, bluesy style. Wenger's bold vocals truly make Cinder Bridge's music and are perfectly complimented by the engaging, minimalist arrangements and universal themes addressed in the lyrics.
A style poetic and true – Kessel Day, Bound for Sound, issue #166
_Highways_ is folk/light jazz sung Joan Armatrading style. Wenger's voice is like bootstrap molasses, sweet-salty and powerful but more husky than smooth. Her lyrics map the heart of a woman both wise and fragile, whose search for life's touchstone recounts both bumps and smooth rides in a style poetic and true. The songs on this album run the gamut; circling quicksand friendships, racing headlong into the uncomfortable unknown, overtaking heartache to finding home (Dry Ground, Moths in Search of the Moon, Moving On, Center of the Universe). My favorite song is _Cheap Drug_ where Wenger defiantly admits her neediness - "Hope is a cheap drug, I need a hit to carry on". Here is a soul with too many bootmarks, remaining tenaciously ready to face the future.
As for the music portion, although original and fitting, some tracts after a few (dozen) listens, contain a couple piano refrains that seem a bit like a road traveled. Drum work is very good, matching Wenger's style so perfectly that it seems to disappear, enhancing rather than bringing attention to itself.
How glad I am that I can happily recommend Cinder Bridge's first album. Wenger fits the listener into her shoes and makes you walk her world in them - this gift, to me, is the defining quality of one of music's true children. I'm already looking forward to her next tour.
To explore this highway and sample the sights, visit cdbaby.com or cinderbridge.com.