Changes (LP)


Charles Bradley

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Karen, Hollywood 04/04/2016

Another gem from the gravely-soulful-lifedrenched voice of the inimitable Charles Bradley. This is a beauty!


Soul master Charles Bradley’s third album for Daptone is a knockout. Beginning with a genuine interlude of “God Bless America,” the album positions Bradley as someone who has gone though career and personal difficulty and come out on top, sounding upbeat and grateful to be alive and working. On “Good to Be Back Home,” Bradley flips things to explore the dual nature of home and what that means, singing of being back in the land where he was born, “sometimes it hurt so bad, sometimes, so good,” before unleashing a howl that better expresses the notion than any words could. That passion runs through the heartfelt and extremely affecting love songs like “Nobody But You.” Throughout, the Menahan Street Band’s expertly played and recorded horns and jazz grooves deliver the ideal backdrop, while there’s some experimentation beyond classic soul on tracks like “Ain’t Gonna Give It Up,” its moog and bass-drum-heavy groove reminiscent of krautrockers like Can. And if you don’t get goosebumps during Bradley’s cover of Black Sabbath ballad “Changes,” check your pulse. A playful flexibility within the carefully cultivated classic soul sound Bradley and many Daptone artists work within proves to be incredibly fruitful here. It’s Bradley’s best release yet from his second wind, as Bradley remains an expert at getting to the heart of soul music.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
God Bless America
Charles Bradley 01:31
2.
Good To Be Back Home
Charles Bradley 03:01
3.
Nobody But You
Charles Bradley 03:57
4.
Ain't Gonna Give It Up
Charles Bradley 03:53
5.
Changes
Charles Bradley 05:42


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ain't It A Sin
Charles Bradley 03:49
2.
Things We Do For Love
Charles Bradley 03:28
3.
Crazy For Your Love
Charles Bradley 04:18
4.
You Think I Don't Know (But I Know)
Charles Bradley 03:27
5.
Change For The World
Charles Bradley 03:32
6.
Slow Love
Charles Bradley 03:38

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