Coming Home

Coming Home

by Leon Bridges


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It's difficult to imagine a 1963 Columbia release from an artist whose look and sound echo 1911. In 2015, however, the thought of a young artist seemingly transported from a bygone era -- 52 years prior, to be exact -- requires no imagination whatsoever. Here's Leon Bridges. He was born in 1989. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist takes it back to the early '60s, slightly earlier than the majority of soul-rooted artists, including labelmates Raphael Saadiq, who have favored a vintage approach over a contemporary one. For those who hold younger artists to an impossible standard of authenticity, Bridges is unlikely to receive a passing grade. As a youngster, he was naturally drawn to libidinous, then-current pop-R&B acts like Usher and Ginuwine, and he didn't even have to get his hands dirty to absorb later inspiration from the likes of Sam Cooke and pre-"Grapevine" Marvin Gaye, not when all he needed was an Internet connection. Helped by White Denim's Josh Block and Austin Jenkins, Bridges touches all the retro-soul bases. Each element of his ten-song, half-hour debut evokes early- to mid-'60s R&B: the song structures, the application of reverb, the dust-coated church organ, the doo wop background vocals, the horn charts that accent rather than dominate. Bridges sings of seeking salvation and taking trains, and he offers proposals as modest as "I won't weigh you down." If he were a shouter, Bridges would likely come across as a caricature, but he works the deeply heartfelt but understated angle -- most of the songs are ballads, and only a couple work up a sweat -- without any sense of affectation. While each line is believable, "Lisa Sawyer" is all the way real, a sweet and languid biographical sketch of Bridges' mother. It's all a pleasing time warp without turbulence, one with songs built more to evoke the past than to last in one's memory.

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Release Date: 06/23/2015
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750891426
catalogNumber: 508914
Rank: 1992

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Coming Home [LP] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Debby127 More than 1 year ago
I was recently made aware of this youngman and instantly associated him with having an "old soul". I enjoyed every song and especially loved the song dedicated to his mother. I will definitely purchase his current release "Good Thng" on vinyl also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is best listened to on vinyl. Pure Motown sound by way of New Orleans. Genius.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album is fantastic, classic 50's sound! Can't wait to see what Leon Bridges does next!
17477093 More than 1 year ago
Great music, HORRIBLE sounding vinyl. DO NOT buy this recording on vinyl! This is without a doubt the worst sounding vinyl record I own, and I own a lot of vinyl Minus 10 stars for quality control.