10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his brilliant 2015 debut album, Coming Home, Texas singer/songwriter Leon Bridges invited comparisons to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding with his authentic take on soul. Good Thing, his 2018 follow-up, finds Bridges leaving the ’50 and ’60s, instead embracing ’70s icons like The Stylistics (“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand”) and Chic (“You Don’t Know”). More surprises come in “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)” and “Bad Bad News,” contemporary jams that show he can swag it out with the likes of Usher and Pharrell too. Bridges' warm tenor is sturdy and smoky as mesquite wood as he combines deep emotions and nimble wordplay on “Beyond,” “Forgive You,” and “Georgia to Texas”—a moving story of his family’s history.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On his brilliant 2015 debut album, Coming Home, Texas singer/songwriter Leon Bridges invited comparisons to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding with his authentic take on soul. Good Thing, his 2018 follow-up, finds Bridges leaving the ’50 and ’60s, instead embracing ’70s icons like The Stylistics (“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand”) and Chic (“You Don’t Know”). More surprises come in “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)” and “Bad Bad News,” contemporary jams that show he can swag it out with the likes of Usher and Pharrell too. Bridges' warm tenor is sturdy and smoky as mesquite wood as he combines deep emotions and nimble wordplay on “Beyond,” “Forgive You,” and “Georgia to Texas”—a moving story of his family’s history.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
223 Ratings
223 Ratings
abrooks1121 ,

Abandoned classic sound

Based on the first two tracks, seems to have moved away from what made his sound special. Hoping to be surprised by the remainder of the album.

Jangofire ,

What happened?

What was so great about Bridges first album was all that soul and that retro analog sound. When I first heard him on the radio years ago I thought I was listening to a lost Sam Cooke record. I remember loving the drum sound in particular. It didn’t seem like a gimmick then. It seemed like a soul purist finding the perfect way to present his songs, and it was thrilling. OMG Live Drums on a soul record!
Now this. If Leon was influenced by 50’s soul for his first record this one may be influenced by 70’s soul with the likes of Curtis Mayfield and the Isley Brothers (granted this is based a couple singles) well, that’s fine by me. What is heart breaking though, is to hear contemporary drum programs and a digital sounding record. Now it’s easy for me to criticize. I Thought his first album would have made him a superstar and a wealthy man. I was wrong about that, and if he feels like he can sell more records by modernizing his sound that good for him. I miss my live drums though.

MUziq56 ,

Love the new sound

Fresh and updated

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