- Changes

Charles Bradley - Changes
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Rank: #243 / 722
USER SCORE
75
Based on
48 ratings

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90
Exclaim!

Bradley effectively draws you in with his voice and leaves you deep in thought with Changes, all the while grooving back and forth.

80
American Songwriter
There may not be many moments here that couldn’t have been included on his other two albums, but when an artist finds his pocket and groove as perfectly as Bradley has, that’s an insignificant detail.
80
NOW Magazine

Changes could make even the meanest person soft. America could learn plenty from Bradley.

80
PopMatters
Times are tough, but we have each other. We should let our good feelings conquer the negative ones. That’s the only way to make positive changes in the world. Bradley sings of his aches and pleasures with such conviction that he makes one believe this is possible.
80
AllMusic

Changes shows Bradley still has plenty of new ground to explore at the age of 68.

80
The 405
The power of Bradley's voice comes not just from the lyrics, but the fact that you can feel the truth of every moment he sings about.
79
Paste

Like its predecessors No Time for Dreaming and Victim of Love, Changes is a strong entry into the canon of modern soul with a vintage heart. Even better is what the album represents for Bradley: after decades of struggle, the Screaming Eagle of Soul has come fully into his own.

75
The Line of Best Fit
Ultimately the Screaming Eagle of Soul continues to soar, and despite all of the changes, the reasons to fall for Charles Bradley remain constant.
75
Under The Radar
With no trace of the irony or detachment that's prevalent in so much modern music, Bradley and his band come up with yet another album that sounds like it was dug up by some reissue label specializing in obscure '60s and '70s soul.
71
Pitchfork

Changes, his third album, feels like his straightforward best to date, the result of an improved dynamic between the singer and his band.

70
FasterLouder

It’s this righteous conviction that gives Bradley’s music its gut-punch force but you don’t have to be religious to appreciate testifying this fervent.

70
Spin

Changes continues to find him doing what he does best — performing chicken-scratch rave-ups in a raw and unkempt emotional squall, and finding unexpected meaning in authoritative cover songs. 

70
Drowned in Sound

It seems that, as well as wanting to make people dance, Bradley wants to make them think.

60
Loud and Quiet
While it’s virtually impossible for music this life-affirming to ever appear stale, it’s also difficult for it to truly sing from within the confines of a disc, and that leaves ‘Changes’ feeling more like a lovingly crafted, elongated promo for Bradley’s tour than anything more freestanding.
Apr 3, 2016
Greatr
86
I'm a real sucker for this retro sound, and he recreates it effortlessly.
Dec 1, 2016
guileffb
67
This album felt very emotional. His voice is incredible here and it's groovy enough to bring you back to the 70's.
But sometimes it felt too soft and it kind of loses dynamic, unfortunately.

His best album to date, though. Go have a listen.
Sep 18, 2016
danielleandrea
70
1. God Bless America 0.65
2. Good to Be Back Home 0.80
3. Nobody but You 0.70
4. Ain't Gonna Give It Up 0.70
5. Changes 0.75
6. Ain't It a Sin 0.75
7. Things We Do for Love 0.70
8. Crazy for You Love 0.85
9. You Think I Don't Know (But I Know) 0.65
10. Change for the World 0.60
11. Slow Love 0.60
Apr 13, 2016*
Guigss
95
It doesn´t matter what he has to sound. It´s simply how he puts his perseverance on love and why he needs his roots to do that. "Changes" is as blissful as is strong. In fact, that´s the best way to sound yourself. And just for this (but the songs here have their other reasons to explain) we could call it contemporary. His masterpiece.
Apr 10, 2016
LeFelixBrown
79
Charles Bradley's style may be late, but Changes resonates with nostalgic power and soulful songwriting that suits me just fine!
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April 1, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Daptone / Label
Soul / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
AllMusic
# 22 - Esquire (US)
# 20 - Fopp
# 39 - Gigwise
# 14 - MOJO
# 43 - Paste
# 79 - Piccadilly Records
# 41 - PopMatters
# 5 - Rough Trade
# 39 - The Line of Best Fit
# 66 - Uncut
MISC LISTS
# 8 - Exclaim! (Soul and R&B)
Track List
  1. God Bless America
  2. Good to Be Back Home
  3. Nobody but You
  4. Ain't Gonna Give It Up
  5. Changes
  6. Ain't It a Sin
  7. Things We Do for Love
  8. Crazy for Your Love
  9. You Think I Don't Know (But I Know)
  10. Change for the World
  11. Slow Love


Added on: January 5, 2016