Thursday, March 24, 2016

Best New Track: Charles Bradley - "Changes"

Word of Charles Bradley's forthcoming new album has been circlulating for awhile, as has his cover of Black Sabbath's "Changes," which Bradley featured on a 7" and started playing live in 2013. Yesterday, an early stream of his third studio album dropped, and there it was, the polished and formidable title track nestled alongside ten other lush cuts.

I'm a big fan of the more subdued original, but what the celebrated singer has done with it is exactly what the essence of the ballad calls for - big, melancholic, horn-driven soul that conveys one thing perfectly: the loss of a woman. Bradley's achy voice makes it hard not to feel the regret emanating from the lyrics, and although the heartbreak is palpable from start to finish, it's powerful - and maybe enough to really spark some change in a person.

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