The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Leon Bridges

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Leon Bridges

What: Coming Home

When: June 2015

Where: Columbia

Why: It's entirely possible that you've heard Leon Bridges mentioned in the same breath with Sam Cooke. I did, and before I listened to Coming Home I was sitting there, eyebrow raised skeptically, wondering how this 20-something dude from Texas was continuously compared to the legendary Cooke. But I tell y'all what, those comparisons are pretty dang fair. Something about Bridges is very in tune with Cooke, from his throwback doowop cooing to that absolutely perfect, butter-wouldn't-melt delicious purr. There's a timeless feel to this songs, rooted in the relatable and sung with heart on sleeve. This entire record is worth a good many swoons, and I say that from experience. 

My very favorite jam: "Shine" and "Flowers" and "Pull Away" and also "River" 

[posted 5.6.16]


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