The Wall Street Journal described Leon Bridges as a “throwback to 60’s soul a la Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.”

We say he’s is a remarkable singer, songwriter and producer with old school R&B in his DNA. Bridges is a class act; his latest, “Bad Bad News” is worth a listen, even if soul infused old school R&B isn’t your thing, because high-level artistry transcends format.

The lyrics are clever enough

They tell me I was born to lose
But I made a good good thing out of bad bad news

and the music is sophisticated, but it’s the song’s total sound—the culmination of a vision, that packs the punch.

The vibe of “Bad Bad News” can also be heard in the smooth, soulful sound of “Just The Two Of Us,” 1981’s collaboration by the late Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers – it became a mega hit, winning 1982’s Grammy for “Best R&B” song.

“Bad Bad News” ranks top 5 on the Adult Alternative chart; Bridges new album, “Good Thing,” comes out on Friday.