Coming Home
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #246 / 742
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 98 ratings
2015 Ratings: #224
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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.
Sep 6, 2015
SiberianBreaks
60
Leon Bridges is pretty much the soul version of Temples. He's made a likeable record that sounds like every soul album from the 60's and he himself suffers from having no identity or distinct quality to his sound.

Favourite tracks: Coming Home, Smooth Sailin'
Aug 24, 2017
VinylHound83
83
Coming Home - 9/10
Better Man - 10/10
Brown Skin Girl - 7/10
Smooth Sailin' - 9/10
Shine - 7/10
Lisa Sawyer - 7/10
Flowers - 8/10
Pull Away - 8/10
Twistin' & Groovin - 8/10
River - 10/10

Overall Rating: 83 out of 100 = 83%

Overall Opinion: Last year I was obsessed with this album but since have discovered Pokey LeFarge who mixed this old soul sound with old folk and bluegrass and I find it a bit more fun. This is still a great album but has lost a bit of its luster in a short time.
Jan 13, 2017*
zaxapitsa
NR
Outstanding voice with neat timing and phrasing, but the music only gets halfway there most of the time. Still worth the time, specially for the ballads, where he really does shine. Other than that, a fantastic mixing job worth noting.
Aug 8, 2016
81
Voodoo? Or maybe time travel? Smooth tracks that create a sensual platter of good times.
Mar 10, 2016
MarkCooper
31
The songs are fine. I just have a problem with artists shamelessly ripping off the past to be the 'soul guy' or 'modern hippie'. Pretty gutless if you ask me. Leon's playing and singing are fine, just a little individuality or something new would be nice. If I want to listen to soul, I have plenty of better records from the 60's to do the trick.


Added on: June 3, 2015