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Soul - Released June 19, 2015 | Columbia

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A simple glance at the album cover and 30 seconds of namesake track 'Coming Home' shows clearly where Leon Bridges is coming from. Following in the footsteps of Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson and especially Sam Cooke, this Texan songwriter of just 25 years is a walking mausoleum erected to the eternal glory of soul music. But Bridges is not just simply 'reminiscent' of these legendary artists, with his first album, released at Columbia, containing original music - truly impressive and instanly timeless material! Tidy compositions, worked and arranged with the same care that brought such success to his illustrious peers from the 1960s... Steamy ballads, sensual blues, and up-tempo gospel all have their parts to play here, as Bridges demonstrates a prowess well beyond his young years in every element of his music, singing divinely and somehow managing to be completely original from first to last. On arrival, Coming Home is a soul record that will take purists back to the heyday of the genre. Impeccable in production, and oozing class - one that will surely please fans far and wide.
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Soul - Released June 23, 2015 | Columbia

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Soul - Released July 23, 2021 | Columbia

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With his 2015 debut Coming Home, Texas musician Leon Bridges injected a cool modern style into classic ’50s and early ’60s soul, making like a brand-new Sam Cooke (right down to the pleated high-waisted trousers and sweater-knit polos). But like Kacey Musgraves, who he has duetted with, Bridges is using his third album as a sort of reinvention—not so much a makeover as an opportunity to spread his wings wider. This time around, he's delving into the smoothest of R&B, and there's little that's retro about it. "Magnolias" employs a trap beat and bright horns to bolster silky vocals from Bridges and guest Ink. She also picks up the female half of a conversation about a relationship on the swamp-sultry "Don't Worry," singing "It wasn't just one time/ Baby, I been living with your lies too long" as a response to Bridges' "Shut you out, you know I tried/ Said I got over you but I lied." Bridges shares the studio with a host of interesting musicians, including pianist Robert Glasper on opener "Born Again,"—a real mood of a song—and Terrace Martin on saxophone for a few tracks, including the excellent "Sweeter." Bridges outlines a harsh reality on that gorgeous and painful song: "Hoping for a life more sweeter/ Instead I'm just a story repeating/ Why do I fear with skin dark as night? ... Did the words of the King disappear in the air like a butterfly?" It's a beautiful, contemplative punch to the gut. Elsewhere, there's a jazzy Earth, Wind & Fire flavor to the sexy "Steam" and Afrobeat rhythms fuel the dreamy and sensual "Motorbike"—which proves that Bridges can illustrate longing with the best of the big-time lovermen. (So do "Details" and "WDYTM," aka "Why Don't You Touch Me," casting Bridges as John Legend with more edge.) Even the 42-second sax-and-brass interlude "Gold-Diggers (Junior's Fanfare)" feels carefully considered, like a palate cleanser from all the vocal richness. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz
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Soul - Released May 4, 2018 | Columbia

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It’s 2018, Leon Bridges is back! Finally… after a debut album released in 2015, the stunning Coming Home, that was a sort of spirit child of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, a soul brother mastering every corner of that sixties groove, the young Texan signs off on an even more eclectic disc: Good Thing. On the first track, Bet Ain't Worth The Hand, he is languid like Curtis Mayfield. Later, he barges in on an 80s funky dance floor with You Don't Know and If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be). Later again, he opts for a velvety nu soul on Shy… These are the general feelings that emerge after a listen to this sophomore album: he never rests on his laurels and sticks with one particular groove. Thus, a general vintage sentiment exits and incomes a plural groove. At this rate, Leon Bridges might do a bit of auto tuning on his third record... © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Soul - Released May 14, 2021 | Columbia

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Soul - Released April 10, 2020 | Columbia

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Soul - Released October 16, 2020 | Columbia

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Soul - Released August 10, 2018 | Columbia

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Soul - Released June 8, 2020 | Columbia

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Soul - Released February 26, 2021 | Columbia

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Soul - Released July 19, 2019 | Columbia

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Soul - Released November 20, 2015 | Columbia

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Soul - Released September 21, 2018 | Columbia

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Soul - Released June 17, 2021 | Columbia

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Soul - Released April 27, 2018 | Columbia

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