Leon Bridges is Beyond

The R&B Singer's Video Refreshes Our Souls

BY: Alex Hutchins

There are many things that could be said about Fort Worth native Leon Bridges. Dull, unimaginative, and uncool are none of these things. We first opened our ears to the groovy and soulful sounds of Bridges back in 2015 with his freshman album, Coming Home. Three years later, Bridges proves that his talents as a songwriter and musician were not a one-off with his new album, Good Thing.

The standout single on Good Thing is the romantic, swoon-worthy Beyond. The music video, directed by Josh Goleman, is a refreshing take on physical and emotional attraction. Going against every rule in the “how-to” book for selling sex in popular music, Bridges doesn’t rely on purely sexually provocative imagery to tell his story. In stark contrast with the familiar and bland story where lust is the focus of a person’s attraction towards someone else, Bridges zeroes in on the reality that attraction is often complicated and yet so simple.

Throughout the video, we see flirtatious hints that Bridges is enamored with a lovely woman, but shyly resists completely giving into his passion. As he sings so beautifully in the chorus, “I’m scared to death that she might be it / That the love is real, that the shoe might fit.” However, Leon isn’t talking about the fear of monogamy, but rather the fear of giving in and letting himself fall in love with this person. Maybe he’s been hurt before and doesn’t want to endure the pain of another heartbreak?   

It’s this beautiful, tentative mixture of attraction and fear that brings Bridges’ music beyond the simplicity of a modern day pop love song and into the realm of greatness. We hope we won’t have to wait another three years for more music from the talented Texan, but in the meantime, we’re perfectly happy jamming to his latest release.