Coming Home

Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #207 / 776
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 145 ratings
2015 Ratings: #268
June 23, 2015 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
Paste

Coming Home, however unintentionally, represents the spiritual cleansing and soulful healing we need right now. It’s the sound of an era where civil rights seemed so desperate, but progress also felt in reach.

90
Exclaim!

Coming Home is a star-making vehicle that is solidly crafted, robustly traditionalist and palpably soulful. This is not just a nostalgia act; this is music from the heart, and the soul.

80
NME
‘Coming Home’ exists in a satin-swathed timewarp that takes you back 55 years.
80
Clash
Bridges' sound is the pinnacle of a young artist transmitting a dated sound and bringing it straight into the 21st century, with the final results nostalgic yet ultimately fresh and current.
80
PopMatters

The fact that he can make this into a compelling tale without overdramatizing the details reveals his knack for narrative. He can sing a story.

80
Uncut

A throwback album also blessed with modesty. It sounds oddly refreshing, five decades on.

75
Consequence of Sound

Often, blatantly retro acts can feel like Halloween costumes on a trick-or-treater: an approximation of something familiar worn temporarily to get something in return. The best retro acts, though, feel more like the work of professional costumers ... On Coming Home, Bridges solidly aligns with the latter.

70
Rolling Stone

This retro-soul man doesn't have to work so hard to win you over on his debut LP: His smooth, Sam Cooke-esque croon makes Coming Home the best kind of nostalgia trip.

70
Pitchfork
While it's a little early in that journey, he has enough sheer talent that you want to stick around to see it all finally come together.
70
Spin
For someone who picked up the guitar just four years ago and discovered his more recent inspirations shortly before that, Bridges nails the audacious ’60s affectation.
67
Pretty Much Amazing
The album is one giant, immaculate anachronism, unimpeachable, but rarely brave.
60
The Guardian
Bridges has a fantastic voice, but you sense he’s also yet to truly find it.
60
AllMusic
It's all a pleasing time warp without turbulence, one with songs built more to evoke the past than to last in one's memory.
60
DIY
This debut sets a nice, if mostly safe, blueprint - if he opts to take more risks next time round, we’ll have a unique talent on our hands.
HoodieBraden
84
The genuine soul present on this album is no imitation, Bridges is just THAT good. I love how he willingly embraces his influences by combining multiple different eras of soul into one big contemporary mix. Truly fantastic record that, unfortunately, often gets overlooked.
95
LEON BRIDGES THE MAN! Another Album filled with funky soul, toe tapping beats and masterful storytelling. Mostly fun songs that will always put you in a good mood and ready to dance with no inhibitions. For a funk/ soul album to stick out like this during this time in music speaks volumes to Leon's talent. A must listen in my book.
80
Loved this album. Leon is becoming one of my favorite artists of all time. can't await to see what he continues to do.
ZIGMACHINE
80
River 98
Better Man 97
Coming Home 87
Twistin' & Groovin' 85
Smooth Sailin' 80
Flowers 79
Pull Away 75
Lisa Sawyer 74
Brown Skin Girl 72
Shine 68
(82/72)
79
Coming Home: 6/10
Better Man: 7/10
Brown Skin Girl: 8/10
Smooth Sailing: 10/10
Shine: 5/10
Lisa Sawyer: 7/10
Flowers:9/10
Pull Away: 8/10
Twisting And Grooving: 9/10
River 10/10

A fantastic debut but I can't help but think that his potential is a bit wasted.
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Added on: June 3, 2015