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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/16a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Critics' Choice
LISTEN BEFORE CASTING YOUR BALLOT: LEON BRIDGES, COMING HOME
10/28/15

Leon Bridges, Coming Home (Columbia): How does a 21st-Century kid from Texas so utterly capture not merely the sound but the vibe, the spirit, of classic Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Solomon Burke records? However he does it, Bridges is heaven-sent—and while the Best New Artist buzz on him is deafening, his debut full-length also deserves thorough consideration. At its core is an authenticity, even an innocence, befitting the consistently gorgeous material, such as the incandescent “Brown Skin Girl,” the stirring “Better Man,” the Muscle Shoals funk of “Smooth Sailin’” and the moving tribute to his mom, “Lisa Sawyer.” Coming Home flows with seemingly effortless grace, moving past the self-conscious nostalgia of much tradition-minded music and going right to the heart.