If you were to ask ten different people what the best album of 2021 is, you’d likely get 10 different answers. Frankly, they’d all probably be right. Nas delivered King’s Disease II, J. Cole dropped The Off-Season, Jazmine Sullivan came through with Heaux Tales and Joyce Wrice performed well on Overgrown. With that said, there’s one album that needs to be on everyone’s list, Gold-Diggers Sound by Leon Bridges.
Leon Bridges delivered his debut album in 2015 and followed it up with his sophomore album, Good Thing, in 2018. So, Gold-Diggers Sound came right on time in 2021. While Bridges original hails from Texas, the album has a bit of a west coast, California feel to it. That is in large part because the title of the album is partly inspired by the time he spent recording at Gold Diggers Hotel in East Hollywood. Tracks like “Magnolias” and “Sho Nuff” make the listener like they are spending a special weekend at the California hotel with that special someone. Not to mention, singles like “Motorbike” and “Why Don’t You Touch Me” have just as much replay value as they did before the album dropped.
Riding high off of the album’s release, Leon Bridges has tapped in with TIDAL to offer additional commentary about the album’s recording process and what inspired some of the album’s best tracks. Check out the re-release below.