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.

Overall

Less 1960s, more 2000s, this is polished but maybe lacking some soul.

7

out of 10

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