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Good Thing

Leon Bridges

Good Thing

Second studio album of gospel/soulful r&b from the American singer-songwriter

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  1. 8.0 |   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
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s not a comprehensive pop overhaul: Bridges expands his palette while staying true to his soulful roots
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Classic soul opener Bet Ain't Worth The Hand sounds like the Philly soul of The Delfonics, but it's not long before we're into more up-to-date sonic shapes with the dislocated beats of Lions. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Bridges has matured, and that is absolutely a good thing
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    The singer and songwriter's second album similarly displays different approaches that skillfully build off and depart from the previous release
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Tempers its pop-radio ambitions with unique bends on the age-old love song in this super-tight, 35-minute ride
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  7. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Good Thing represents a bold shift for Bridges
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  8. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Authenticity makes the difference between songs that are charming and songs that are genuinely moving
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  9. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    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
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  10. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Just as it's a struggle to name parallels beyond Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, it's equally difficult to imagine why anybody would want to. Print edition only

  11. 7.0 |   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
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  12. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Less 1960s, more 2000s, this is polished but maybe lacking some soul
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  13. 6.7 |   Paste Magazine

    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
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  14. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Bridges brings his classicist R&B chops into the current century—with mixed results
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  15. 6.0 |   The Music

    Bridges' talent is undisputed, but history may judge 'Good Thing' as something of a misstep
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  16. 6.0 |   Mojo

    While still connected to soul's sacred wellspring, frames his artisanal songcraft in more modernist settings. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   DIY

    It feels like he’s only just getting started
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    R&B sensation eases his way out of the 60s
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  19. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    He's coming hard for that Grammy win, after all, and the potential crossover appeal of Good Thing puts him on the right track
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  20. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    His voice remains as compelling and as seductive as ever, but the music is unrecognizable
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