Charles Bradley

Black Velvet


This album was released 40 weeks ago.

75% ±4% 8 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Can't Fight the Feeling
2 Luv Jones
3 I Feel a Change
4 Slip Away
5 Black Velvet
6 Stay Away
7 Heart of Gold
8 (I Hope You Find) The Good Life
9 Fly Little Girl
10 Victim of Love (Electric Version)
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-4% 4WIM Adjuster
75% 4WIM Rating
85% Under the Radar Magazine The singer came from next to nothing, grew up in poverty, got his big break after a "Black Velvet" gig, and died shortly after the release of his third album.
80% God is in the TV Throughout the LP there’s a sense of things being tried out.  ‘Luv Jones‘, an early collaboration with LaRose Jackson, finds him in ripping it up in ‘Jungle Boogie‘ territory, ‘(I Hope You Find) The Good Life‘ sees him bidding a conflicted farewell to a lover, and the mighty alternate take of ‘Victim of Love (Electric Version)‘ is somehow not quite as big as it becomes once the accompaniment is stripped back to a single acoustic guitar and some backing singers.  It’s all good, and if you’re already a fan you’ll find plenty to interest and delight you.  If there’s sometimes a sense that there’s only half a great album here, it’s only because he set such a high standard elsewhere.
80% Soundblab
80% Exclaim! Music Patrick Published Nov 07, 2018 8 As someone who's has the pleasure and opportunity to meet and chat with the dearly departed Charles Bradley, it's important to note that the man was a genuine individual.
80% Pop Matters Daptone 9 November 2018 Charles Bradley used to call himself "Black Velvet", "The Screaming Eagle of Soul", and even "James Brown Jr."
80% Music OMH God was having a good day when he made Charles Bradley." Black Velvet is both a eulogy and a fitting end to Bradley’s remarkable career.
80% The Firenote It was especially hard because the screaming eagle of soul had plenty of music in him but with his untimely passing and later in life releases (his debut was released in 2011 at age 62) it just felt even worse.
70% Tiny Mixtapes This “Screaming Eagle” of soul music may have arrived late in his life and left us too soon, but he poured so much of himself into every performance that gratitude should overtake any notion of regret.