AOTY 2018

Black Velvet

Charles Bradley - Black Velvet
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #174 / 709
User Score
Based on 18 ratings
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Dunham / Label
Soul / Genres
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American Songwriter

This closes the book on Bradley’s brief career, and does it with the class, honesty, integrity and intensity he brought to everything he touched.

Northern Transmissions

Without any sense of compromise, this record is full of the exuberant energy Bradley brought to all his music, and honours his great legacy. Considering Bradley and his band actually take some of their most explorative steps for this release, it hurts even more to know this is their swan song.

Under The Radar

It's a groove from beginning to end, and much like Bradley's musical career, Black Velvet doesn't fail to appeal to listeners both young and old. His talent and spirit will be sorely missed.

God Is in the TV

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.


Tracks like the funky "Can't Fight the Feeling," "Love Jones" and "I Feel a Change" aren't '60s soul throwbacks so much as they are genuine articles, with the now-trademark Daptone sound feeling fresh and vintage at once.


Charles Bradley's Black Velvet stands tall as a significant addition to his oeuvre.


It showcases Bradley’s strongest talents, and is just as good as any of the records he released when he was alive.

Spectrum Culture

Nothing on Black Velvet really does much to recast or reshape Bradley’s career, instead it functions more as a supplemental release to his three proper studio albums.

A.V. Club

That raw humanity is why, even as Black Velvet occasionally fails to gel as a cohesive album—it is, after all, essentially a B-sides collection—it succeeds as a tribute to an authentic talent.


It is full of the heart, soul, and spirit that Charles Bradley summoned every time he stood before a microphone, and this is a moving reminder of how much he gave us, and how much we have lost.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Even if it frontloads the strongest and newest material, Black Velvet provides a largely engaging second side.

An excellent swan song and retrospective of the legend, may he rest in peace.
His soul still carries between each track. It's a good way to conclude his passing last year with perhaps the best soul album of the year.
Ok, its an album with unreleased songs and some covers, but this album makes me cry. Its beautiful.
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#8/American Songwriter

Track List

  1. Can't Fight the Feeling (feat. Menahan Street Band)
  2. Luv Jones (feat. LaRose Jackson)
  3. I Feel a Change (feat. Menahan Street Band)
  4. Slip Away (feat. Menahan Street Band)
  5. Black Velvet
  6. Stay Away (feat. Menahan Street Band)
  7. Heart of Gold (feat. Menahan Street Band)
  8. (I Hope You Find) The Good Life [feat. Menahan Street Band]
  9. Fly Little Girl (feat. Menahan Street Band)
  10. Victim of Love (Electric Version) [feat. The Sha La Das]
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Added on: September 6, 2018