Gold-Diggers Sound

Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #181 / 513
User Score
Based on 180 ratings
2021 Ratings: #312
Liked by 16 people
July 23, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
R&B, Pop Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer

The soul singer breaks out of his comfort zone with a sparkling collection that evades easy answers.

90
Clash

‘Gold-Diggers Sound’ is an effortless and easy listen thanks to the high production value, Bridges’ velvety-smooth vocals, and the strength of his songwriting, it’s set to be one of the albums of the year.

80
Rolling Stone
The versatile Texas soul man’s third LP is his most ambitious and powerful work.
80
DIY

While more of a slow burn than his previous efforts, ‘Gold-Diggers Sound’ sees Leon Bridges shine brighter as a songwriter, as an artist and as a man than ever.

80
NME

The star's latest offering maintains the traditional elements of old-school soul of his previous work but introduces a new, vibrant, almost luminous aesthetic.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Not only is Gold-Diggers Sound the most cohesive release Bridges has put out to date, it’s also the most distinctive. This sounds like the album he’s been trying to make his entire career, while also managing to pay homage and give credit to the stylistic forebears that trod the path before him.

80
Record Collector
Between Bridges’ Sacred roots sounds and modern purchase, there’s gold to be found here.
75
Under The Radar

Gold-Diggers Sound’s finest moments are the soft as a whisper ones. The sound of slipping into something a little more comfortable.

75
Paste

Gold-Diggers Sound is yet another graceful, often captivating deviation from the retro path most critics probably expected him to stick with.

70
Uncut

That Bridges' voice, with its mix of rapture and hurt, is a thing of effortless beauty hardly needs repeating.

70
Gigwise

Gold-Diggers Sound is a very laid-back, easy listening album; there’s no particular ‘wow factor’ however, I respect the progression developments and experimentation since his debut.

70
Pitchfork

The Texas singer delivers a smooth, risk-averse R&B album whose nostalgic trappings aim for timelessness.

70
Exclaim!
Like Bridges' career itself, it's smooth and collaborative, and will keeps everyone on their toes, not knowing what sound will come next.
70
Spectrum Culture
Leon Bridges continues to push his sound forward while writing love letters to his influences, further establishing himself as a rare and refreshing combination of tribute and progress.
70
AllMusic
Even in those moments, there is never an indication that Bridges could possibly lose his composure. The unswerving self-control he has demonstrated across three albums both impresses and mystifies.
60
The Arts Desk

Gold-Diggers Sound is its own better place and time, not separate from the stresses outside, but a creamy balm to their aches.

HoodieBraden
50
Ladies and gentlemen, the Leon Bridges that single-handedly revived the vintage R&B/Soul sound 40 years later, the Leon Bridges that made some of the catchiest and genuine music of the 2010s, the Leon Bridges we all knew and loved...has left the building.

Decent 5/10
CameronFriezer
74
Tracklist:

Favourite: Why Don't You Touch Me
Worst: Sho Nuff

1. Born Again (with Robert Glasper) - 7
2. Motorbike - 8
3. Steam - 7
4. Why Don't You Touch Me - 10
5. Magnolias - 8
6. Gold-Diggers (Junior's Fanfare) - (not included)
7. Details - 6
8. Sho Nuff - 5
9. Sweeter (feat. Terrace Martin) - 6
10. Don't Worry (feat. Ink) - 8
11. Blue Mesas - 9

Average: 7.4
Quick Comment: Feels refreshing and just a bit of a vibe. Sometimes I thin lyrically it can be a corny at times but the ... read more
SonicDiscovery
78
I truly believe Leon Bridges took the right trajectory when it comes to building a fanbase. The Texas born soul and r&b singer came out with a very vintage sound on his 2015 debut Coming Home, which drew tons of comparisons to the smooth sound of Sam Cooke and the follow up Good Thing (2018) pretty much kept to a similar sonic path, so that leave the door open for album three to tweak things around a bit without alienating fans. Gold-Diggers Sound definitely still carries the smooth sound ... read more
Tielur
74
Bridges nails each corner of his new LP and delivers a very effective nostalgic and traditional R&B record.
70
This is just great, traditional RnB
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Added on: May 12, 2021