American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums of 2015: Presented by D’Addario

  30. Leon Bridges: Coming Home A cursory listen through Leon Bridges' debut Coming Home might lead one to wonder if he or she had stumbled upon a lost Sam Cooke album. But don't let his sound or his vintage aesthetic fool you — the 25-year-old singer and songwriter is very much of this day and age, perhaps a product of the increasingly en vogue love for all things nostalgic. What keeps Coming Home from sounding like a Sam Cooke rip-off, however, is the obvious influence of contemporary artists, particularly Bridges’ favorite Usher. The album can lean a little heavily on its retro influences, however, but Bridges' talent as a vocalist and lyricist, particularly on tracks like "Lisa Sawyer" (written about Bridges' mother), uplift even the more clichéd moments. The young Forth Worth artist has crafted one of the year's best and most promising debuts, one that announces a new artist with a long, bright career ahead of him. 29. Lucero: All A Man Should Do There are a couple of unifying themes running through the 11th album from the ever-prolific Lucero. On the musical side, it’s got a soulful streak that can’t help but peek through even on the most…

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