ALBUM REVIEW: Charles Bradley – Changes | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 01.04.16

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Opener God Bless America starts with a softly spoken intro before crashing into a huge chorus; while Nobody But You plays to the emergence of new-wave soul acts like Leon Bridges, building into Charles Bradley’s trademark screaming eagle of soul delivery.

The title track (a Black Sabbath cover released for record store Black Friday in 2013) is a sensational reworking of a well-loved metal ballad, adorned with reverb drenched guitar and brass that would make even Ozzy’s hair stand on end. Things We Do For Love has a more Marvin Gaye groove than most of the album.

The album as a whole piece is superbly balanced and can comfortably position itself in the realm of credible soul for the uninitiated.

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