AOTY 2018

Good Thing

Leon Bridges - Good Thing
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #485 / 706
User Score
Based on 108 ratings
2018 Ratings: #290
May 4, 2018 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions

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

80
AllMusic

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

80
NME

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

80
The Independent

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

80
The Guardian

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

80
Exclaim!

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.

75
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.

72
Pitchfork

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.

70
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.

70
GIGsoup

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.

67
Paste

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.

60
Slant Magazine

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

60
DIY

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.

60
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.

60
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.

60
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.

50
Under The Radar

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

MarcM
90
Takes me somewhere different every time, big replay value and beautiful sound.
Rob_StA
87
Top Tracks:
Beyond
You Don't Know
hellodecatur
72
Bookended by the two best songs, making the middle one large valley. A few highlights, but the sentimentality occasionally makes me teeth hurt. "You Don't Know" sounds like it belongs in a car commercial.

Favorite Tracks: Bet Ain't Worth the Hand, If it Feels Good (Then It Must Be), Georgia to Texas
80
Fav tracks: Bet Aint worth the hand, beyond, you dont know
LucasLannister
70
Mi reseña del disco en El Podcast Blanco: https://itunes.apple.com/ar/podcast/episodio-i-octubre/id1305128275?i=1000394282423&mt=2
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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