Album Review: Leon Bridges – Coming Home (8/10)

LeonBridges-600wideLike a traveler through some sonic time machine, Bridges channels vintage soul power and commands it in the present. With classic vocal cool and rich organ/female singer/horn backing, he evokes the era of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson et al. Highlights include “Smooth Sailing,” the gospel-intensive “Pull Away” and “Shine” and the grooving “Brown Skinned Girl.” The sweetness in Bridges’ vocal tone and the endearing persuasion of the arrangements provide faithful homage to a time of innocence and wonder as Bridges takes us directly back to the proverbial day. – Dan Kimpel