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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Texas soul singer was recorded live to tape with White Denim's Josh Block and Austin Jenkins.
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Coming Home
Baby, baby, babe I'm COMING HOME To your tender sweet loving You're my one and only woman The world leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, girl You're... See the rest of the song lyrics

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    95
    With all the hype and fast tracking to fame, it’s astounding that the rest of the Coming Home holds up to such unreasonable expectations. Bridges pays homage to an era so judiciously and so personally that it’s hard to fault him as derivative.
  2. Jun 25, 2015
    80
    All the emphasis on getting the realness down doesn't distract from Bridges's butter-smooth vocals and inventive phrasing. Instead, the understated arrangements allow us to really hear his voice, unadorned by excessive studio shaping.
  3. 80
    The vibrant ‘Shine’ is filled with languid horns and sweet doo-wop backing vocals. Rolling ragtime piano (‘Flowers’) and hip-shaking melody (‘Better Man’) pick up the pace and there’s bluesy sass in the shape of the upbeat ‘Twistin And Groovin’.
  4. Jul 8, 2015
    80
    The majority of the 10 songs are in the three minute range and the album only lasts about half an hour. That’s actually a benefit.
  5. Jul 9, 2015
    78
    10 songs over 35 minutes at first feeling slight--yet not a sax bleed, organ snap, or female choral echo combs out as less than true-blue.
  6. Jun 24, 2015
    70
    What it does best is address the simple lament of not having anything to twist to in too long.
  7. Jun 18, 2015
    60
    Bridges has a fantastic voice, but you sense he’s also yet to truly find it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    10
    I first heard Leon on NPR about 6 months ago. Instantly became a fan. Yes, the comparisons to Sam Cooke are accurate, and to be fair, he'sI first heard Leon on NPR about 6 months ago. Instantly became a fan. Yes, the comparisons to Sam Cooke are accurate, and to be fair, he's embracing it. There's nothing not to like here....this album is short and sweet, and packed with melody and soul. I'm also a sucker for doo-wop background singers;) It's the perfect summer record.
    Leon Bridges has loads of talent, and I wish him nothing but the best in his career.
    Buy this album. You won't regret it.
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  2. Jul 4, 2015
    9
    Bought this record on vinyl in a whim when I heard the single Coming Home. I just loved the soul I heard and he reminds me of artists like SamBought this record on vinyl in a whim when I heard the single Coming Home. I just loved the soul I heard and he reminds me of artists like Sam Cooke. I'm very glad I bought the record, he is a truly talented artist and quite refreshing although this style is of course well known. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2015
    8
    While some of it comes off more imitation than genuine artistry (do 25-year-olds really sing like this?), Bridges is a new talent to watch.While some of it comes off more imitation than genuine artistry (do 25-year-olds really sing like this?), Bridges is a new talent to watch. He'll get some Grammy nominations, no doubt. 'Coming Home' is an enjoyable, breezy throwback album. Expand
  4. Aug 14, 2015
    6
    This isn't a bad album but there are some major flaws. Leon Bridges was clearly going for a old school soul album which he hit straight on theThis isn't a bad album but there are some major flaws. Leon Bridges was clearly going for a old school soul album which he hit straight on the head. the flaw being that he didn't give it any personality. Its a cookie cutter album of what soul is if that makes any sense. The tracks are forgettable and a little boring at times Expand
  5. May 9, 2018
    6
    An interesting debut that seemed a little too reliant on cliched lyrics and replicating the late 1950s-early 1960s Soul sound it was going forAn interesting debut that seemed a little too reliant on cliched lyrics and replicating the late 1950s-early 1960s Soul sound it was going for to be truly great. Highlights are limited to the first four tracks. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2015
    6
    This isn't a bad album but there are some major flaws. Leon Bridges was clearly going for a old school soul album which he hit straight on theThis isn't a bad album but there are some major flaws. Leon Bridges was clearly going for a old school soul album which he hit straight on the head. The flaw being that he didn't give it any personality. Its a cookie cutter album of what soul is if that makes any sense. The tracks are forgettable and a little boring at times. Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2015
    3
    I found this record so boring that I had to dig out the album cover to remember this man's name for this review. Leon Bridges is sort of likeI found this record so boring that I had to dig out the album cover to remember this man's name for this review. Leon Bridges is sort of like Sam Cooke....only without the magical personality and without the excellent backing sounds of the Wrecking Crew. With contemporary vocalists like Saun & Starr, Mayer Hawthorne, Michael Kiwanuka, Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc, Sonny Knight, Lee Fields, Naomi Shelton, and Venice Dawn on the scene, a soul singer needs tons of personality to stand out in the crowd. Taking a few instrumental cues from the Daptones, Adrian Younge, The Electric Peanut Butter, Co., The Sorcerers, Lord Newborn, Anitbalas, or the Heliocentrics might be useful to this young performer. The history of Jump Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk, and World music is there for the taking. Bridges only need reach out in any direction for a piece of this history to serve his purpose. A year of being homeless might also harden him for this role as well. Music junkies and serious crate diggers find this sort of half-assed, Uncle Tom fluff offensive. While any artist that is able to secure a record contract with a major label deserves a certain amount of respect from all of us, an artist as clueless about the depth of his cultural heritage as Bridges is should be treated with an amount of bewilderment and contempt. Anyone reading this review that enjoyed Bridges' snippets on TV ads should download this album rather than throw away good money on a copy of "Coming Home" on vinyl like I did. Expand

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