[F]ive years after leaving his restaurant job in Fort Worth, Texas and three years after the world stood up to take notice of his debut album Coming Home, Leon Bridges has returned with Good Time. The album explores decades of soul music – from the needle-on-vinyl crackle and tenderness of Sam Cooke to the slick sound of D’Angelo, Ginuwine and Usher.
There’s heartbreak on “The Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand”, a conversation with his mother on “Beyond” and listen-up funk on “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)” as Good Time documents Bridges’ three years spent on the road touring his debut record, reflects on relationships past and present and realises his pop potential. Bridges’ vocal effortlessly carries all formats.
Many of the songs were indeed written on the road, on the sleepless journeys between cities. But they were polished in Los Angeles with powerhouse producer Ricky Reed. The result is an album that combines Bridges’ pure songwriting with a glistening pop sheen.