Charles Bradley – Victim of Love (2013) [FLAC 24 bit, 88,2 kHz]

Charles Bradley - Victim of Love (2013) [FLAC 24 bit, 88,2 kHz] Download

Artist: Charles Bradley
Album: Victim of Love
Genre: Soul, R&B
Release Date: 2013
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 88,2 kHz
Duration: 40:29
Total Tracks: 11
Total Size: 853 MB

Tracklist:

01. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Strictly Reserved for You (03:42)
02. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – You Put the Flame on It (03:48)
03. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Let Love Stand a Chance (03:59)
04. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Victim of Love (03:30)
05. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Love Bug Blues (03:00)
06. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Dusty Blue (03:21)
07. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Confusion (03:44)
08. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Where Do We Go from Here (03:11)
09. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Crying in the Chapel (03:54)
10. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Hurricane (03:33)
11. Charles Bradley feat. Menahan Street Band – Through the Storm (04:41)

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Since the release of 2011’s award winning debut, No Time for Dreaming, Charles Bradley has transformed from a rising star in the Daptone galaxy into a bona-fide headliner, now affectionately known across the globe as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.” The raw emotion and soulfulness of Bradley’s voice lifts him up among the greats of the golden age of Soul – Otis, JB, Wilson Pickett, and Darrell Banks. Anyone who has had the privilege of hearing him sing has experienced how Bradley can captivate an entire audience with a simple “Ooooo…” Bradley and writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Thomas “TNT” Brenneck returned to Dunham studios and recorded the most exciting Daptone release to date, Victim of Love. On this album, Bradley moves past his “Heartaches and Pain” to the great promise of hope and love. Though quite at home among the music that has affirmed Daptone as the world’s #1 authority on Soul Music, Victim of Love proves to be a genre-bending masterpiece, picking up where the early 70’s Temptations left off and edging boldly forward into psychedelic soul exploration.A lot has happened in the life of soul singer Charles Bradley since his stellar debut, No Time for Dreaming, was issued in 2011. He has not only received attention, but the album sold well, and he’s toured extensively. His compelling story is also the subject of a documentary film. The songs he co-wrote with Thomas Brenneck on that recording were steeped in his autobiography and reflected Southern soul music as it was recorded at Stax and Muscle Shoals in the middle of the ’60s. Victim of Love is not so much a departure from that sound as a progression of it. These tunes, once more co-written by the pair, reflect the soul’s evolution as it approached the end of the decade. The material is less dark in its vision — perhaps reflecting the turn in Bradley’s life circumstances — but is no less poignant. His voice is no less gritty, his scream no less heart wrenching, his emotion no less forthcoming. Opener “Strictly Reserved for You” has an uptown, funky bassline and fuzztone guitar. The sweet backing vocals soften Bradley’s wrenching toughness enough to make it vulnerable. “Let Love Stand a Chance” is brimming with a slow burning tenderness that beseeches the absent beloved to hear him out. One has to wonder who could refuse a request so searingly rendered. “Where Do We Go from Here” and “Confusion” are drenched in urgent, bristling, psychedelic funk, with wah-wah guitars, fuzzed-out bass, and organ. “Love Bug Blues,” is a roiling soulful blues. “You Put the Flame on It,” with its uplifting interaction between singer and backing chorus, and underscored by horns, weds world-weariness and optimism. “Hurricane” finds Bradley flanked by horns and B-3 on one side and his backing chorus on the other. He’s testifying to the calamities and darkness in the human heart — with some wild phase shifting on the instrumental backing. The set ends with “Through the Storm” — it’s spiritual soul that could easily be taken as an offering of gratitude to fans. The shimmering guitars, vibes, and slippery, funky snare, frame the horns which in turn accent Bradley’s absolute conviction that he’s come through the worst. Victim of Love showcases growth — and a sound not heard before on Daptone — while not straying from the gritty soul that established the singer; it is every bit as strong as its predecessor and more diverse. You just can’t get enough of the real thing. –Thom Jurek

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