Charles Bradley, 'No Time for Dreaming' (Dunham)

8
No Time for Dreaming
Critical Mass
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Label: Dunham

by Josh Modell

It'd be easy to mistake Charles Bradley's debutalbum for a lost soul classic, from the throwback cover art to the Otis Redding- and James Brown-inspired songs. But this 62-year-old Brooklynite isn't making a comeback; he's just touching down. Discovered and backed by the Daptone crew -- specifically note-perfect stylists the Menahan Street Band -- Bradley re-creates the sound of his youth, with a gorgeously weathered voice. No Time for Dreaming wails in a world of "Heartaches and Pain" (see the memorable closing track), but Bradley's despair is never less than stirring.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Stalley — Jackin' Chevys (Prod. by Rashad) " 03:26
  • 2 Emile Haynie — A Kiss Goodbye (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonté Hynes, Sampha) " 03:46
  • 3 Rusko — I Wanna Mingle (ft Pusher) " 02:37
  • 4 The Game — Don't Shoot " 06:07
  • 5 Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL — U KNOW " 03:57
  • 6 Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL — WHITECAPS " 03:43

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA