Back in 2015, American soul singer Leon Bridges released his debut album, ‘Coming Home’, to critical praise, earning him a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and noteworthy commercial success, with the record becoming Certified Gold in the U.S. After much anticipation, he has recently announced his follow-up album, ‘Good Thing’, which is seeing a May 4 release.
The ongoing influx of R&B and soul artists into the music scene has mostly brought forth an incredibly modern (at times futuristic) side of this genre into the spotlight. Thus, the singer’s nostalgic flair has been all the more refreshing for fans of the more traditional aspects of these styles.
From the two singles that have been released thus far, ‘Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand’ and ‘Bad Bad News’, ‘Good Thing’ looks to be a continuation of the vintage soul and R&B sounds found on ‘Coming Home’, though the latter of the two tracks took a distinctly sleeker, more modern, funk-oriented route than anything from Bridges’ debut. Stream the two singles here.
A change in musical direction seems to be exactly what Bridges was striving for with his new album. In addition to Texas studio Niles City Sound, which is credited for the production and mixing of the singer’s debut, Leon has also brought on board Ricky Reed, producer of multiple platinum singles including Fifth Harmony’s ‘Boss’ and Jason DeRulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’, to executive produce the record, with the hopes of achieving a more modern sound. Bridges explains: “I loved my experience with ‘Coming Home’. ‘Good Thing’ however allows me to showcase more of my influences and artistry. I’m excited for the world to hear it and perform this diverse group of songs live.”
Leon Bridges will be returning to Australia this month for two sold-out headline shows at Melbourne’s The Forum on the 25h and Sydney’s Metro Theatre on the 28th. The singer will also perform at Bluesfest in Byron Bay on the 30th and 31st. Ticketing information can be found here.
Pre-order ‘Good Thing’ here.
‘Good Thing’ TRACKLIST
‘Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand’
‘Bad Bad News’
‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’
‘You Don’t Know’
‘Georgia to Texas’