Review: Changes by Charles Bradley

Changes by Charles BradleyCharles Bradley’s story is one of the most unusual in music. While he’s been performing shows since the 1960s, punctuated by many difficulties, he was only discovered early in the noughties by the folks at Daptone – he was, by then, working as a James Brown impersonator – which led to his debut album, No Time for Dreaming, in 2011. A documentary on his life would later elevate his profile further. Changes, his third album, continues on the sound he’s surprisingly honed: powerful soul that’s evocative of the 60s and 70s, much like the rest of the Daptone oeuvre. Not much rocking the boat from his first two albums, although the arrangements feel fresher and his delivery feels quite more powerful. There’s a conviction that took a while to develop, but tracks like “Changes” and “Crazy For Your Love” highlight a world-weary voice that’s making the most of everything. It may not be your thing, but it is (inevitably) nicely crafted and worth a shot. [NB]3/5

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