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Leon Bridges - Good Thing Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS
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I don’t know where I’ve been but I hadn’t been familiar with Leon Bridges or his style of retro R&B/soul until late last year. Being a product of and being basically raised by the sounds of classic Motown, I was instantly intrigued by this 20-something singer who sounded like he was directly transplanted from the ’60s/’70s. While it’s extremely evident from where he gets his musical influences, Good Thing, for the most part, does a good enough job of modernizing that throwback sound so it doesn’t come off as a tribute album. R&B and soul has changed so drastically in the decades since Motown’s height that his sweet nothings about love can come off as a bit overly ‘cute’, but there are some flashes of edge – I just think he should lean into that a bit more if he doesn’t want to get boxed in as a mere revivalist. His voice has so much depth and richness to it that that’d be a shame.

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Ain’t got no riches, ain’t got no money that runs long
But I got a heart that’s strong and a love that’s tall
Ain’t got no name, ain’t got no fancy education
But I can see right through, a powdered face on a painted fool

– “Bad Bad News”

Have you heard Good Thing? What’d you think about it? Would you like to hear Leon Bridges take on a more contemporary sound? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.

Leon Bridges – Good Thing Reaction
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It's almost impossible not to get caught up in the nostalgic bliss of Leon Bridges' "Good Thing" but there's enough modernity present to keep me coming back for more than just the family cookout.
Fuego!!!
Bad Bad News
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If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)
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