Leon Bridges - 'Good Thing'

8/10

Back in 2015, we were treated to the incredible debut album from Leon Bridges, 'Coming Home'. Taking inspiration from soul legends such as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, his debut release was a warm blanket of nostalgia for classic rhythm and blues lovers. But as we move on in time, so has Bridges as his second full-length 'Good Thing' sees him eye inspirations from the 1970s, making for a more funk-filled return.

It is clear from the opener and lead single 'Bet Ain't Worth The Hand' that artists like The Temptations and The Stylistics have now peeked his musical interest. And while we are still treated to the occasional classic blues number, it is clear that the frontman is looking to make more of an impact in his grooves, opting for an uplifting and upbeat return that delivers just as much intrigue and interest as his first full-length.

It certainly seems that Leon Bridges is looking to be more than a nostalgic artist though. With an almost Pharrell like production, 'Good Thing' manages to skirt that thin line between retro and contemporary almost perfectly. A confident return from an artist that has done little wrong so far.

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