Review: Charles Bradley – Changes (Dunham Records / Daptone)

Charles BradleyIt is not often that you come across an album that can have an emotional impact similar to Changes, the latest full-length effort from soul man Charles Bradley. As the rightful heir to the throne of James Brown, the legendary performer exerts an overt influence on Bradley’s work, helping steer the dynamic vocalist through classic soul territory on “Ain’t It A Sin,” and “Good To Be Back Home,” irrepressible funk on “Ain’t Gonna Give It Up,” to heartfelt, tender moments such as his cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.” So few artists can lay claim to be hitting their prime at 67 years old, but in Bradley’s case, this notion rings completely true.