Good Thing

Leon Bridges - Good Thing
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #370 / 546
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2018 Ratings: #260
May 4, 2018 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Soul / Genres
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Northern Transmissions

Though it will feel a little scatterbrained at times, this is a fun and comforting record that will warm listeners’ hearts.


All these deviations ... seem natural for Bridges, who evidently had much more to explore and express than what was shown on Coming Home.


If he was indeed once a rehash of the past, this time he can’t be tied to one specific time, past or present.

The Independent

While the record embodies Bridges’ Sam Cooke-influenced vocals, he doesn’t just find himself attached to Sixties soul.

The Guardian

It’s not a comprehensive pop overhaul: Bridges expands his palette while staying true to his soulful roots.


Climbing out of the pigeonhole of a retro R&B act ... Leon Bridges' sophomore record rings as an endorsement of his range. And that's a great thing for Good Thing, which tempers its pop-radio ambitions with unique bends on the age-old love song in this super-tight, 35-minute ride.

Spectrum Culture

Good Thing represents a bold shift for Bridges – one that shows his chops aren’t solely fixed in ‘60s-era soul, but one that also risks potential criticism from his audience.


The second, more adventurous album from the Texas soul singer bends toward the present while keeping the warmth of classic R&B in his melodies and songwriting.

Rolling Stone

Bridges is reaching on this album, looking for a future sound that connects his own past and the sweeping history of African-American music with the present moment.


On ‘Good Things’, Bridges continues to visit the altar of Aretha, Otis and Sam; but bringing Bruno Mars and Pharrell along to church with him.


While Bridges is certainly far from falling on his face, there’s nothing that really raises him above the droves of artists currently mining the sounds of ‘80s and ‘90s R&B either.

Slant Magazine

With his sophomore effort Good Thing, Bridges brings his classicist R&B chops into the current century—with mixed results.


Overall, ‘Good Thing’ should fill fans of Leon’s work with excitement. Just three years after his debut, it feels like he’s only just getting started.

The Observer

Good Thing takes some steps forward in time, updating Bridges’s Sam Cooke stylings with a little Usher; the production gently eases its way out of the 60s, too.

No Ripcord

On Good Thing, Bridges attempts to rattle soul's ancestral institution with an updated finish. And there are these subtle progressive all over the album that guarantees he will keep that promise.

FLOOD Magazine

It’s great that Bridges didn’t do Coming Home again, and decided, instead, to go to someone else’s home where he still felt comfortable utilizing that Sam Cooke–inspired croon.

Under The Radar

On the whole this is a disappointing follow-up, a faint echo of the majesty of what preceded it.

Sep 14, 2018
Fav tracks: Bet Aint worth the hand, beyond, you dont know
Jun 5, 2018
Mi reseña del disco en El Podcast Blanco:
May 28, 2018*
One his 2nd Studio Album, Bridges ventures to his more adventurous side. The Texas soul singer bends slightly more toward the present while keeping the warmth of classic R&B in his melodies and songwriting.

Best Track: Bad Bad News, Shy, Beyond
Worst Track: You Don't Know
May 22, 2018
Smooth and buttery.

Favorite Tracks: Beyond; Bad Bad News
May 13, 2018*
This album is so positive and mushy. The lyrics and the whole sound of the album is perfectly described as adorable. This will be a great album to listen to when on a road trip or camp fire night this summer with my favorite people. While it is positive and gives off a certain mood, the album is a bit forgettable other than the vibe it gives off. I can't really pinpoint something about the album and/or songs and I just listened to it again about 20 minutes ago after submitting this review. The ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bet Ain't Worth the Hand
  2. Bad Bad News
  3. Shy
  4. Beyond
  5. Forgive You
  6. Lions
  7. If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)
  8. You Don't Know
  9. Mrs.
  10. Georgia to Texas
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Added on: March 13, 2018