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Charles Bradley – Changes


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Charles Bradley – Changes


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Changes is the third album released by American soul singer Charles Bradley, released in 2016 on Daptone Records. The title track of the album is a cover of the Black Sabbath song of the same name.

“Soul singer Charles Bradley’s star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming, and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013’s Victim of Love. Dubbed “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” the singer just announced his anticipated third album Changes, out April 1, 2016 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

The album is named for his popular, “smoldering” (SPIN) cover of the Black Sabbath track. Previously only available as a Record Store Day 45, “Changes” will appear on the album and is now available digitally for the first time via iTunes. “I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing ‘Changes’ and get emotional,” notes Bradley. “It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.”

Those emotions are what lead to the final cut of the intimate and spare video for the song. Charles was originally set to sing along to the track and film in Times Square but, in the editing room, director Eric Feigenbaum (Remedial Media) says he “kept coming back to the take of Charles looking straight at the camera, telling the story with his eyes and reacting in the moment to the song. We only did that once. By the end of the take, everybody in the room was holding back tears.” - Daptone Records

“The records’ stand-out moment comes on the title-track, "Changes", a cover of Black Sabbath’s 1972 strung-out ballad. Bradley turns Ozzy’s stark, elegiac despair into a gospel slow jam full of pit-of-the-stomach heartache and tear-stained memories. The bare intimacy builds to a climax of Hammond organs and brass howls, with Bradley recalling the death of mother and all those years of pain, and letting out the cry - “It took so long to realise/I can still hear her last goodbyes/And now all my days are filled with tears/Wish I could go back and change these years.”

The mood turns more badass on the funk freak out "Aint it a Sin", as Bradley indulges in a range of his favourite grunts, whoops and “huhs” and lets out righteous threats over swaggering licks stolen from a myriad of Blaxploitation soundtracks. Swaying love letter "Nobody But You", Motown lullaby "You Think I’m in Love" and the dreamy croon "Slow Love" offer some gentle relief, but Bradley really hits his stride when he turns the intensity up, sweat starts dripping from that furrowed brow and those mighty, impassioned bawls of agony are unleashed.

Ultimately the Screaming Eagle of Soul continues to soar, and despite all of the changes, the reasons to fall for Charles Bradley remain constant.” - The Line of Best Fit


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Charles Bradley




Dunham / Daptone Records


Vinyl, LP, Album



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DUN-1005 | DAP-041