After the movement-heavy video for “Bad Bad News,” Leon Bridges has released another visual—this time, for the emotional soul ballad “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand.”
The Natalie Rae-directed visual has the same emotional gravity as the song, as Bridges wanders around New York City (like the previous video) and catches citizens in various states of emotional vulnerability. He is omnipresent in scenes featuring a young black man sitting on a building, an older woman watching bad news on the television and an older black woman doing her hair. As the video progresses, Bridges become an emotional support for each individual, whether it’s with a hug or a touch of the hand.
His biggest moment comes when a young woman he noticed earlier is seen crying off her mascara in her bed. He lies behind her without making a move while giving her a sense of comfort. He empathizes with the video’s subjects as he feels their emotional pain in a seemingly cold city. In the end, Bridges is seen making his way back to the city after the emotionally draining episode.
Between this video and “Bad Bad News,” Bridges is stepping up his visual storytelling for Good Thing with New York as the backdrop. Good Thing might end up being one of 2018’s best albums as its May 4 release date approaches.
Watch the “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” video below.