Day 22: Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Already upon us is Day 22 which means the first week of Chris’ 31 Days of Music is at an end. Don’t worry because there are a ton of day left. Today the focus is on one hell of a soul album from Mr. Leon Bridges Coming Home.
Some of the best music ever to see the light of day has to be the sweet Southern soul music of the 50’s and 60’s. The golden voices of artists such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and Sam Moore effortlessly floated through music that was part gospel, blues and soul. Since then many have tried to recapture that incredible sound with only few succeeding, Leon Bridges is one of the successful few.
Bridges has given music lovers an album that is just a pleasure to listen to. His soulful voice oozes from the speakers as he sings about ladies, love and relationships. Singing about winning back a woman Bridges vocals are at their finest on “Better Man”. You can feel this guy’s charisma in each word. The track “Smooth Sailin’” makes you want to move and groove to the rhythms and when the sax kicks in this tune reaches a whole other level. The mellow “River” shows off Leon Bridges incredible vocals as he sings over a faint musical background. The gospel back-up singers give the song texture creating an overall beautiful song. The song “Coming Home” is a smooth track that lets Bridges’ soulful voice dance through swaying rhythms. Bridges’ is a talented individual and with each track on Coming Home that point is hammered home.
Coming Home is one of those records that hooks listeners as soon as they hear the hear it. The lyrics are catchy the melodies are soothing and Bridges’ vocals bring it all together. Music can transfer listeners back in time and when listening to Leon Bridges croon you will swear this is an album from another time. Soul music done right is a timeless entity and Bridges does it right. From the opening note to the final fade this record fails to disappoint and will be among the favorite albums of 2015.
31 Days of Music
Day 22 – Leon – Bridges
Day 23 – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune
Day 24 – Kent Goolsby & the Gold Standard – No Substitute for Handsome
Day 25 – Tedo Stone – Marshes
Day 26 – The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
Day 27 – American Aquarium – Wolves
Day 28 – Strange Majik – Lights On
Day 29 – Banditos – Banditos
Day 30 – The Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love
Day 31 – Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Under the Savage Sky