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Charles Bradley - Ain't It a Sin (Q (radio show) 2016)

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Ain't It a Sin on Wikipedia
Charles Bradley Changes cover.jpeg
Studio album by Charles Bradley
ReleasedApril 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
LabelDaptone Records/Dunham Records
ProducerThomas Brenneck
Charles Bradley chronology

Changes is the third album released by American funk/soul singer Charles Bradley, released on 1 April 2016 on Daptone Records.[1] The title track on the album is a cover of the Black Sabbath song of the same name and was first released as a Record Store Day Black Friday single in 2013.[2]


  • 1 Critical reception
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Personnel
    • 3.1 Menahan Street Band
    • 3.2 The Budos Band
    • 3.3 The Gospel Queens
  • 4 References

Critical reception

The album was released to positive critical reception with an aggregate score of 80 on Metacritic based on 17 reviews.[10]

Pitchfork awarded the album a score of 7.1, with music critic Jay Balfour describing the album as Bradley's "most straightforward and best to date".[7] AllMusic awarded the album a positive review, stating that "the rough-hewn power of Bradley's voice is at its most powerful, and there's a fierce sense of longing and need in this music that's almost tactile in its realism".[1]

The Observer's Kitty Empire awarded the album 3 stars, likening Bradley to Al Green,[11] whilst critic Steve Horowitz from PopMatters praised Bradley's vocal style, describing him as "the closest living equivalent to Brown" and concluding that "Bradley sings of his aches and pleasures with such conviction that he makes one believe this is possible".[8]

The album also received praise from a number of other musical publications, including American Songwriter,[4] Record Collector[12] and Paste.[6]


  • Charles Bradley - vocals

Menahan Street Band

Main article: Menahan Street Band
  • Victor Axelrod - piano/vibraphone
  • Thomas Brenneck - guitar/bass guitar/organ/percussion
  • Nick Movshon - bass guitar
  • Homer Steinweiss - drums
  • Michael Deller - organ
  • David Guy - trumpet
  • Leon Michels - saxophone/organ/flute

The Budos Band

Main article: The Budos Band
  • Jared Tankel – baritone saxophone
  • Thomas Brenneck – electric guitar
  • John Carbonella Jr. – congas, drums
  • Mike Deller – organ
  • Daniel Foder – bass guitar
  • Andrew Greene – trumpet
  • Rob Lombardo – bongos, congas
  • Brian Profilio – drums
  • Dame Rodriguez – percussion

The Gospel Queens

Main article: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
  • Naomi Shelton - leading vocals
  • Cliff Driver - pianist
  • Bobbie Jean Gant - background vocals
  • Edna Johnson - background vocals
  • Gabriel Caplan - guitars
  • Fred Thomas - bass
  • Michael Post - drums


  1. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. "Album Review: Charles Bradley - Changes". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  2. ^ Blistein, Jon (8 December 2015). "Charles Bradley Preps 'Changes' LP With Powerful Black Sabbath Cover". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Changes – Charles Bradley". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Horowitz, Hal (2016-03-28). "Album Review: Charles Bradley: Changes". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  5. ^ Mathurin, Yasmine (2016-03-30). "Album Review: Charles Bradley - Changes". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  6. ^ a b Danton, Eric R. (1 April 2016). "Charles Bradley: Changes Review". Paste. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  7. ^ a b "Charles Bradley 'Changes' review". Pitchfork. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Horowitz, Steve (31 March 2016). "Album Review: Charles Bradley - Changes". PopMatters. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  9. ^ Kennedy, Jake. "Charles Bradley - Changes". Record Collector. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Charles Bradley 'Changes'". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Empire, Kitty. "Charles Bradley: Changes review – heartbreak with horns". The Observer. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Kennedy, Jake. "Charles Bradley - Changes". Record Collector. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 

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