Most people retire when they reach 65, but for former chef
Charles Bradley, that is unthinkable. The singer
has just released a new album: Victim Of Love (Daptone
Records). In recent years, Bradley has made it clear that he is not
just another James Brown tribute artist. For example, when he
played for a highly critical audience at the Lowlands Festival in
2012, when every word he sang seemed to have deeply personal roots.
Although he also showed glimpses of influences from Sam Cooke,
James Brown and Otis Redding, he was completely himself. Bradley
has a powerful and gravelly voice that is ideally suited to
conveying raw emotions. He sings tender soul ballads as well as
rough, up-tempo soul-funk. Charles Bradley gives a spectacular show
and he will certainly do so this time with his seven-man band
Extraordinaires. No sign of retirement for this
phenomenon of soul.