ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Coming Home’ – Leon Bridges

Featured image from Leon Bridges’ instagram.

 

It feels like coming home after a long day at work or school – or maybe just settling back into your couch as a temporary comfort.

 

Leon Bridges manages to evoke a sound that is reminiscent of the golden era of popular music, way back to Carr and Blackwell’s “How Long Blues” and Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman.” Granted, modern music production does strip away some of that pure, raw quality, but the emotions and general musicality are not lost in the editing.

 

At 25 years old, Leon Bridges has proven once again that soul exists in every generation. Combining elements of gospel, soul, and raw vocal prowess, Bridges manages to draw out this listening experience and transforms it into something that exerts sheer power and beauty. His album, Coming Home, pays homage to the retro and the soulful, the forgotten and the remembered.  This album is his debut album, but he is no stranger to musical triumph. The title track “Coming Home” has already experienced streaming success on Spotify and radio airplay in the US.

 

Take a look at the sheer lyrical beauty that lies in his music, particular “River” found on this latest album release: “Tip me in your smooth waters / I go in / As a man with many crimes.”  The song itself is beautiful with the emphasis on guitar, tambourine, and gospel background. There is culture in this man’s music. As he is listed as the sole lyricist for all the tracks on this album (under his birth name Todd Bridges), this album becomes a package filled to the brim with the sensibilities of a man who has already begun to master the art of “writing from the heart.”

 

Ranging from slow bits, to more upbeat R&B tunes, there’s a lot to look forward to in this ten-track album. I highly recommend this album for a casual summer day, as you sit in your backyard and sip at an ice cold drink.

 

A solid, powerful effort for a debut album.

 

The track-list is as follows:

 

Coming Home
Better Man
Brown Skin Girl
Smooth Sailin’
Shine
Lisa Sawyer
Flowers
Pull Away
Twistin’ & Groovin’
River

 

You can buy the album on iTunes!

 

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