Coming Home is Leon Bridges highly anticipated debut album, and was released earlier this week.
Until a couple years ago, Bridges was playing shows just outside of Dallas, Texas. He was discovered by record label scouts and was soon offered a slew of record deals. In 2014 he signed with Columbia and has since been working on these tracks.
The songs, both in lyric content and production, are from another time. There are those who have compared him to both Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, and he has professed that both are influences of his. While Bridges’ sound is reminiscent of soul, gospel, and do-wop, he brings his own story and voice to the mix.
The ten track album itself consists of a collection of stories of redemption, nostalgia, and both sides of love. His ballad, Lisa Sawyer is an especially captivating waltz about his mother’s baptism. As an introduction, I would recommend checking out Better Man, an upbeat self promise about going to the ends of the earth for the one you love.
I would give this album an 8/10.