While others simply look back for inspiration to compliment their own contemporary sound, very few have managed to adopt those influences in the way Leon Bridges has. Taking the soulful charms of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and others of that ilk, and reigniting them for a modern era is the backbone of what Bridges is aiming to achieve. His debut album 'Coming Home' carefully reinvents the sound of America's deep south in the 60s and 70s, and reminds us of just how emotional it can be.
Obviously playing on the fact that he is one giant nostalgia trip, Bridges has taken his love of the old sounds to heart and delivered a record with it on his sleeve. It not only imitates his influences but has genuine emotion flooding from it, something that is sorely forgotten in most RnB artists of today. His crooning voice and echoed production gives the album a warmth that is so hard to capture these days and leads you down a road of romantic bliss throughout.
It will be hard to find a soul singer this good for years to come. While others have managed to become cult heroes, very few have been accepted by the mainstream in a way Leon Bridges has, and that can only be a good thing.