Leon Bridges - Good Thing
Leon Bridges second album confirms some of what his 2015 debut led us to believe, specifically that he's a silky singing, groovy melody writing, with the potential to be a twenty-tens Sam Cooke. Good Thing also introduces his more recent influences, the likes of Usher, meaning Bridges takes the 50s/60s soul of his debut and adds a contemporary sheen to it.
While the production of the likes of 'Shy' and ultra-modern 'Lions' is sparkly and perfect, it's a bit too good, then 'Beyond' strips the instrumentation away a little to open up Bridges lyrics, as does the grown-up 'Forgive You', but 'If It Feels Good (The It Must Be)' is a bit Pharrell-lite. The best tracks though are one that hews closely to his debut, 'Bet Ain't Worth The Hand', and the heart-on-sleeve guitar-blues of 'Mrs'. It's progress of sorts, but if you loved the throwback feel of Coming Home this may leave you whistful for the past.