Good Thing

Good Thing

by Leon Bridges

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Overview

In sound and look, the Grammy-nominated Coming Home replicated one style from a bygone era with such perfectionist accuracy that Leon Bridges risked being typecast as a malt-shop soul man. Some of Bridges' subsequent featured appearances fulfilled that role, but others indicated that he was primed to break out and loosen up a bit. The singer and songwriter's second album similarly displays different approaches that skillfully build off and depart from the previous release. Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, two-thirds of the Niles City Sound team with which Bridges made his debut, are involved with the majority of these songs, and are credited as executive producers beside multi-instrumentalist Ricky Reed, who has had platinum success with the squarely pop likes of Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, and Meghan Trainor. Nate Mercereau is another new addition present on much of the material. Altogether, they flit across several decades with most of the songs cast in a light comparatively less dust-filled than that of the debut. Bridges displays some hard-fought assurance on the call-and-response soul-jazz groove "Bad Bad News," where he asserts "I hit 'em with the style and grace, and watch their ankles break." "Shy," a mellow number with appealingly awry likenesses to Al Green and the Isley Brothers, quickly pulls Bridges back to his modest, chivalrous self. Bridges later clearly aims to reach a broader audience, though he only briefly approaches Bruno Mars territory with a little uptown funk laced through "If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)," the effervescent bounce of which is rooted in the Whispers' "It's a Love Thing," and "You Don't Know," a second slice of sophisticated, feel-good post-disco. All these deviations, including the one that sounds like it was written for an early-'70s Rod Stewart album, seem natural for Bridges, who evidently had much more to explore and express than what was shown on Coming Home. What's more, there is no pandering. Most suggestive of the singer's bright future is album closer "Georgia to Texas," a stunning and ultimately affecting tribute to his mother delivered in front of an acoustic jazz quartet.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2018
Label: Sony
UPC: 0190758399423
catalogNumber: 583994
Rank: 3735

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Bridges   Primary Artist
Dan Wilson   Synthesizer
Joshua Block   Percussion,Trumpet,Drums,Background Vocals
Jeff Dazey   Saxophone
Steve Wyreman   Guitar
Ben Schwier   Piano
Zach Cooper   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Nate Mercereau   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Drums,Glockenspiel,French Horn,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Shaina Evoniuk   Violin
Austin Jenkins   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Ricky Reed   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Andrew Skates   Bass
Vic Dimotsis   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Brittni Jessie   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
William Shelby   Composer
Dan Wilson   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Dana Meyers   Composer
Joshua Block   Composer,Engineer
Todd Bridges   Composer
Justin Tranter   Composer
Teddy Geiger   Composer
Eric Frederic   Composer
Steve Wyreman   Composer
Zach Cooper   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Nate Mercereau   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Austin Jenkins   Composer
Tina Ibañez   Art Direction
Ricky Reed   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Ethan Shumaker   Engineer
King Garbage   Producer
Vic Dimotsis   Composer,Engineer
David Bartholow   Art Direction

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