RIYL: Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye

Label: Columbia Records

Undoubtedly one of the most successful debuts this decade, Leon Bridges’ 2015 soul-stirrer Coming Home rekindled our collective adoration for the golden years of soul.  If it’s Motown, Gordy, Sam, Isley, Otis, Smokey, The Tops and The Temptations that crowd your Spotify playlists, then the chances are high that Leon came into your peripheral as soon as River hit the airwaves. From his aesthetic to his melodies and lyrics and right down to the font treatments on his cover artwork, Leon appeared refreshingly unfazed by modern trends in pop music and unconcerned with the industry at large.

Three years later and we’ve got a highly-anticipated sophomore follow-up called Good Thing following the same trajectory of heart-piercing high registers and lovesick sweet nothings, but there are some subtle shifts in tone and melody in tracks like Bad Bad News that veer away from the finger snaps of 1962 and head towards the groovier seduction of the early 1970s.  And call me a sap, but Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand might be the best baby-makin’ slow jam I’ve heard in years.  I’d hate to be the chaperon at any high school Homecoming dance this year. I SEE YOU, Tiffany.  Leave some space in there for the Lord, you harlot.

Yellow vinyl can be purchased after the ‘buy’ link.  I’m assuming there are quite a few of these, but don’t wait too long.

 

The Details

GOOD THING - LIMITED YELLOW LP
Release date: May 4, 2018

Thanks to Ray for the tip!

Price $21.98

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