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Leon Bridges|Gold-Diggers Sound

Gold-Diggers Sound

Leon Bridges

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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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1
Born Again
00:03:43

Andy Taub, Engineer - Robert Glasper, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Terrace Martin, Saxophone - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Keyon Harrold, Trumpet - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer - Jon Castelli, Mixing Engineer - Lemar Guillary, Horn - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Block, Engineer, Co-Producer - Nate Mercereau, Producer, Guitar, French Horn, Synthesizer - Josh Deguzman, Mixing Engineer - Daniel Stanfill, Composer, Lyricist - Leon Bridges & Robert Glasper, AssociatedPerformer - Brian DiMao, Engineer

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2
Motorbike
00:03:08

Dan Wilson, Composer, Lyricist - Bill Malina, Engineer - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Paris Strother, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Programmer - Jon Castelli, Mixing Engineer - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Synthesizer - Josh Deguzman, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2021 LisaSawyer63, Inc. under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Steam
00:03:23

Steve Wyreman, Co-Producer - Bill Malina, Engineer - Trevor Lawrence, Composer, Lyricist - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Amber Strother, Vocal - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer - Jon Castelli, Mixing Engineer - Justin Tranter, Composer, Lyricist - Jordan Blackmon, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Atia "Ink" Boggs, Vocal - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Bass, Synthesizer - Atia Boggs, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Deguzman, Mixing Engineer - Antoine Katz, Composer, Lyricist, Bass

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4
Why Don't You Touch Me
00:03:17

Steve Wyreman, Guitar - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Programmer - Jon Castelli, Mixing Engineer - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Block, Engineer, Co-Producer - Nate Mercereau, Producer, Keyboards, Bass - Josh Deguzman, Mixing Engineer - King Garbage, Misc. Prod. - Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk, Composer, Lyricist - 9AM, Producer, Programmer - Jeff Baranowski, Composer, Lyricist - Luke Milano, Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Mike Blankenship, Keyboards, Misc. Prod.

(P) 2021 LisaSawyer63, Inc. under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Magnolias
00:03:22

Steve Wyreman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Co-Producer - Bill Malina, Engineer - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Jerome Castille, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Johnson, Alto Saxophone - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - Michael Neil, Composer, Lyricist - Zach Cooper, Bass - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Drums, Programmer, Mixing Engineer - Lemar Guillary, Trombone, Other - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Cameron Johnson, Trumpet, Fluegelhorn - Atia "Ink" Boggs, Vocal - Steven Cheung, Composer, Lyricist - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Piano - Atia Boggs, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 LisaSawyer63, Inc. under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Gold-Diggers (Junior's Fanfare)
00:00:41

Bill Malina, Engineer - Terrace Martin, Saxophone - Keyon Harrold, Trumpet - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Lemar Guillary, Composer, Co-Producer, Trombone - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Nate Mercereau, Producer

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7
Details
00:03:16

Steve Wyreman, Co-Producer, Sitar - Bill Malina, Engineer - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Paris Strother, Synthesizer - Josh Johnson, Alto Saxophone - Amber Strother, Composer, Lyricist - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - Zach Cooper, Bass - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Drums, Programmer, Mixing Engineer - Lemar Guillary, Trombone - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Cameron Johnson, Trumpet, Fluegelhorn - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Programmer - King Garbage, Producer

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8
Sho Nuff
00:03:07

Steve Wyreman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Organ, Co-Producer - Bill Malina, Engineer - Ian Fitchuk, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Tashian, Composer, Lyricist - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Austin Jenkins, Composer, Lyricist - Jerome Castille, Composer, Lyricist - Amber Strother, Vocal - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Drums, Mixing Engineer - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Atia "Ink" Boggs, Vocal - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Bass - Atia Boggs, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 LisaSawyer63, Inc. under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Sweeter
00:02:48

Dan Wilson, Composer, Lyricist - Bill Malina, Engineer - Terrace Martin, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Jerome Castille, Composer, Lyricist - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - Zach Cooper, Composer, Lyricist - James Kirk, Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Drum Machine - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Engineer - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Bass - Vic Dimotsis, Composer, Lyricist - Leon Bridges feat. Terrace Martin, AssociatedPerformer - Rome Castille, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2020 LisaSawyer63, Inc. under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Don't Worry
00:06:41

Steve Wyreman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Co-Producer - Bill Malina, Engineer - Terrace Martin, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Keyon Harrold, Trumpet, Fluegelhorn - Jerome Castille, Composer, Lyricist - Amber Strother, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - Carlos Nino, Percussion - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer - Jon Castelli, Mixing Engineer - Lemar Guillary, Trombone - INK, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Atia "Ink" Boggs, Vocal - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Bass, Sitar - Atia Boggs, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Deguzman, Mixing Engineer - Leon Bridges feat. Ink, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Crumbly, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Synthesizer

(P) 2021 LisaSawyer63, Inc. under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Blue Mesas
00:03:15

Harold Lilly, Composer, Lyricist - Bill Malina, Engineer - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Daddy Kev, Mastering Engineer - Carlos Nino, Percussion - James Kirk, Assistant Engineer - Ricky Reed, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Leon Bridges, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Bridges, Composer, Lyricist - Ethan Shumaker, Engineer - Jonathan Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Nate Mercereau, Producer - DJ Stanfill, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocal - Daniel Stanfill, Composer, Lyricist - Biloba, Producer - Josh Crumbly, Bass - Olivia Salas, Composer, Lyricist, Cello, Strings

(P) 2021 LisaSawyer63, Inc. under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

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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