Daptone Records / Dunham Records
SINGAPORE – Back when the late American singer with singer Charles Bradley was just a simple James Brown, he used the scene name Black Velvet.
He is now the name of his posthumous album, which came more than a year after he died of gastric cancer last year (2017).
This is an appropriate ceiling of exceptional, if short, career for a late flowering singer, which eventually became far more than just a carbon copy of Brown.
Released on November 5, Bradley's 70th birthday, the album is a collection of unpublished and rare songs that the singer recorded in his short recording career, which began in 2011, was collected and merged with his family, friends and coworkers.
Bradley's voice pulses the belief that was born out of a difficult life, and every song, either its composition or the cover, sounds exciting.
While the recording quality matches the warm, vintage sounds regularly published by Dunham / Daptone Records, this collection is not an easy return to the soul's golden age in the sixties and seventies of the last century.
You hear torture in his voice, Feel A Change, a mixed melody about how the relationship works against all odds, but is also convincingly exciting in the release of Can not Fight The Feeling album, is happily going for love.
You play giant Fly Cat Girl gangs, while lively Luv Jones is a nice part of a psychedelic fan with him vocals with soul singer LaRose Jackson.
The victim of love, the title song from his second album, released in 2013, has received a complete electrical band measurement equipment with new life, but is no less scary.
Its predisposition to unexpected rooftop coverage is reflected in passionate and sharp R & B / Functions with the version of the grunge icon of Nirvana's Stay Away, which is very different from the original, just like cutting.
It also brings a new perception to the popular classic Heart Of Gold album, which Neil Young transmitted with unusual dance rhythms.
Unfortunately, the title song remains a slow dance tool of his regular band, the sterling Brookhavn Menahan Street Band. Bradley never got the opportunity to finish the song while he was still alive and we will never know how to exhaust the whole version.
Posthumous albums can be complicated – the cynic in us will see this as a quick way to ruin dead artists who would not have a word on how to sell the finished product.
But in the case of Black Velvet, the new melodies feel like a suitable closure for Bradley's story, and we will always remember him as a man who reminds us of the importance of soul music.