Victim Of Love (LP)


Charles Bradley

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Amoeba Review

04/01/2013

If Charles Bradley’s Victim of Love sounds beamed in from the Golden Age of soul, that’s with good reason — the sexegenerian is a former James Brown impersonator and is signed to the Daptone label, specializing in neo-classical soul, making him sort of the male-voiced counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. “Strictly Reserved For You” goes for the Four Tops treatment, with great success. Bradley sings of lust and devotion over a sweet, descending arrangement complete with great funk guitar, soulful sax and drum breaks for days. Bradley is just as effective in a stripped-down setting, as on “Let Love Stand a Chance,” where Bradley’s voice calls out and reverberates over a more spare set-up of guitar, sax and slow-jam drums, or on the title track, a pure, emotional showstopper of acoustic blues featuring a primal growl about halfway through that shows just how Bradley landed those James Brown gigs. Occasionally it’s too on-the-nose — “You Put the Flame on It” isn’t bad by any means, but it might as well be called “You Really Got a Hold on Me II” — but it mostly works given Bradley’s lived the blues he sings of. You don’t need to know that the man met his mother at the age of 8, or that his brother was murdered, or that he was once homeless; you can hear the pain in his voice, the sign of a great blues singer. Bradley’s story is told in the film Soul of America, which has won accolades at film festivals around the world. Check out the film, and dig the classic soul of Victim of Love.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Strictly Reserved For You
Charles Bradley 03:43
2.
You Put The Flame On It
Charles Bradley 03:48
3.
Let Love Stand A Chance
Charles Bradley 03:59
4.
Victim Of Love
Charles Bradley 03:29
5.
Love Bug Blues
Charles Bradley 03:00
6.
Dusty Blue
Charles Bradley 03:21


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Confusion
Charles Bradley 03:45
2.
Where Do We Go From Here
Charles Bradley 03:11
3.
Crying In The Chapel
Charles Bradley 03:54
4.
Hurricane
Charles Bradley 03:32
5.
Through The Storm
Charles Bradley 04:42

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