From performing at local coffee shops to earning comparisons to the legendary Sam Cooke and rocking late night television, Fort Worth, TX soul sensation Leon Bridges‘ stock has quickly risen over the course of the last few months. Now, with eyes and ears locked in, he offers up a stream of his debut album, Coming Home.
A true blast from the past, Bridges and his band deliver a vintage LP that exudes the spirits of Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and others.
The year in question is 1963, when not only Cooke rode high, but the girl groups, The Beach Boys and street corner serenaders like The Four Seasons showed how well turned-out song structures could contain and intensify the most unruly youthful emotions. Coming Home presents Bridges and his bandmates dreaming themselves into that moment — a crucial one in pop, when the myth of authenticity that elevated classic rock ruffians like the Rolling Stones into prophets hadn’t yet taken hold and adopting a smooth style and a clever way with words could make you not just a star but a generational spokesperson. [NPR]
In stores June 23rd, Coming Home can now be heard below, courtesy of NPR’s First Listen.