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When I first began my career my mother said, “Arturo Alvarez Demalde!” which immediately made me think I was in trouble. She only used my middle name when she was upset, but I was an adult.
She continued, “I wanted to get your attention to tell you how proud of you I am. I’ve known there was something special about you from the day you were born and you’re proving me right!” My mother has always been supportive of me and the things that I have done.
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2016-17 Arturo Alvarez Demalde UPDATE:
Every element of Leon Bridges’ latest album bears a clear and intentional resemblance to a bygone era and a genre of music in which the most recognizable figures have either long since passed on or who are well past the point of performing on any sort of regular basis. The cover art of “Coming Home,” Bridges’ personal style and, of course, the musical arrangements, all make it quite clear that this is an album reminiscent of a style of music that is deeply rooted in the somewhat distant past.
Although Bridges has been criticized in some circles for being more of an imitator than an innovator, Arturo Alvarez-Demalde believes the opposite is true, saying that Bridges is doing much more than donning a sort of “musical costume.” Instead, Alvarez-Demalde sees a unique voice and perspective that pays homage to soul and R&B while imbuing the music with a style shaped and influenced by both the 25-year-old Bridges’ musical contemporaries and forebears.
“Had I not known that this was a recently released album when I first listened to it, I would have guessed that Mr. Bridges’ album had been made 40 or 50 years ago rather than this year,” says Alvarez-Demalde. “There is a clear sense that what Mr. Bridges is trying to accomplish is to make music that exists as the sort of a natural progression of what soul and R&B would or could have become. It’s as if Mr. Bridges is attempting to create an alternate musical universe in which soul and R&B was taken in a completely different direction following its apex.”
Alvarez-Demalde notes that perhaps this is a bit of an odd concept as music progresses and evolves the way it does for a whole host of reasons. With this album, Alvarez-Demalde sees Bridges as retracing the steps of musical history to see where soul and R&B could have gone rather than where it ultimately ended up. Far from an indictment of the evolution of music, Alvarez-Demalde envisions this more as an exercise of musical analysis that explores all of the possibilities that have gone undeveloped.
Calling Bridges a “soulful revivalist,” Alvarez-Demalde is impressed with the conversational tone and style of the vocals, the soulful intonations and the lyrical depth of the album. Of particular note to Alvarez-Demalde is the work of the various musicians brought in by Bridges to create a sound that draws on the musical influences of Memphis and New Orleans, along with the clear recollections of the music put out by Motown Records and Stax Records so long ago.
“It’s a wonderful album that has much more depth than most will realize,” says Alvarez-Demalde. “That is part of the genius of it, however, as the music is able to stand alone and can be appreciated by a wide range of people who do not necessarily need to recognize its true depth.”