Few singers can speak the language of love with the soulful, unhinged aplomb of Charles Bradley, and that’s why this soundboard of him screaming a bunch of beautiful things is hitting our ears at juuuust the right time.
Bradley — who’s gearing up for the release of his next album, Changes, on April 1 — is the ever-healing Victim of Love, the Screaming Eagle of Soul who turns heartbreak into artistic breakthrough one scorching ballad at a time. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Bradley’s label, Daptone Records, put together this absolutely perfect soundboard, which offers up a bunch of Bradley’s trademark hollers and howls. Anyone who’s seen Bradley live (or given his records a spin, really) won’t be surprised by the fiery bursts of noise that’ll greet them once they’re clicking around this thing. The “Baby, baby, I love you — from the heart” is enough to make us go weak in the knees. Go forth and share this beautiful, heart-fluttering brilliance. Spread love. It’s the Bradley way.
Check out this video of Charles Bradley performing at the 2015 Pazz & Jop party:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 12, 2016