first_img*UPDATED 9/26/17*: Following the passing of Charles Bradley, we look back at his most recent masterpiece, Changes, which came out in June of 2016.For his third album, Changes, Charles Bradley continued on the vintage soul path of previous efforts, but with some exciting updates to his presentation. Moving away from a focus on his hard-luck past, and infusing uplifting, positive messages of love amid the haunting memories, Bradley and his Daptone Records brethren open up new doors in storytelling, melody and rhythms alike.Discovered while fronting a James Brown tribute band (as Black Velvet) nearly seven years ago, Bradley joined the Daptone fold and began recording and touring with the amazing Menahan Street Band. His third album really capitalizes on this long-time collaboration, as they have become excellent songwriting partners that do not solely focus on the mining glories from stories past, but instead are burrowing upward and onward with a vision for what’s happening, what’s coming next, what is new, and what is hip.The title track, a cover of the timeless Black Sabbath ballad, was offered as a Record Store Day single a few years back; next week it will spearhead the first album of new Charles Bradley material since 2013. The recording still sounds very analog, but there is a modern twist to the material too. Chronicles of despair from the singer remain his calling card, but one can behold a beam of light shining through the voice and emotions of “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.”Changes finds Bradley singing from within his longing, but is no longer nostalgic for days of yesteryear. He gives his phrases resonance and conviction; and allows his brand of soul music to transcend style and period, in exchange for re-imagining life’s twists and turns with newfound clarity. The murky “Ain’t Gonna Give it Up” shows just how far Menahan and Bradley have traveled to get where they are today. The spiritually moving “Ain’t it a Sin” is among the most compelling songs the Screaming Eagle has ever delivered.Bradley has developed into a singer with focus and authority, the song showcasing his voice and authenticity. Several tunes find Bradley telling tales of a difficult road, but also the hope toward what may come next, be it love, light, smiles, or even just satisfaction: “Good to Be Back Home” celebrates a return to the US, after a grueling, if invigorating tour. The singer shows more range, more drama, and a diverse palette of timings and accents to unveil spirituality, positivity, depravity and desperation from his lyrics and emphatic delivery.More often than not, Changes pumps blood fused with an energy culled from the here and now, arriving at a conceptually interesting middle ground. It is a choice medium for this singer, one who is clearly energized and determined to make good on the promise he made to himself some years earlier. Bradley’s voice, his story, and the Changes he made in his now promising life are apparent on this record, and onstage too. Charles Bradley seizes the day, and transcends the limits of the vintage soul genre, blazing a new path, yet remaining rich in thrilling tradition.Listen to Changes below:last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Joe McHughFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has acknowledged Donegal has suffered in the financial crisis – but is now bouncing back.Mr McHugh was speaking as Ireland exits the bailout today, saying it will help to build confidence in Ireland, boost our growth potential and get the country back on a sustainable economic path. “The Irish people deserve huge credit for getting the country to where it is today, after five very difficult years of economic adjustments. When the failed economic policies of Fianna Fáil led us into a bailout at the end of 2010, our public finances were in disarray, the international markets had deserted us, and Ireland reputation in Europe was in tatters,” said Deputy McHugh. “Now, the economy is recovering, the public finances are under control, the banking sector has been restructured and, most importantly, jobs are being created.“In Donegal, we continue to face challenges such as the development of the A5 road and with it the journey time from Dublin city.“However, it’s important to acknowledge that there have been some positive achievements for the county, whether it’s the investment of €19 million in a sewerage scheme or today’s announcement that Donegal will receive the highest General Purpose Grants in 2014, a total of €22,720,760.“We continue to deal with both the economic legacy issues due to partition and also historical lack of investment by previous Governments in the North West, particularly when money was readily available in the last two decades. “For the last three years, the Fine Gael-led Government has been working towards exiting the bailout, which is an important milestone on our path to economic recovery.“This doesn’t mean that all of our problems are solved overnight, but it does mean that Ireland can return to being a normal Eurozone country, putting the boom bust policies of the past behind us.“Every step that has been taken by the Government in the last three years has had a jobs focus. This approach is paying dividends.“When this Government took office, 1,600 jobs were being lost every week, now we are in a situation where more than 1,000 net new jobs are being created every week. Over the last year, employment has increased by 58,000, and unemployment has dropped for the last 17 months in a row.“It is now essential that we build on this economic progress and continue on a sustainable growth path. We are ahead of target in terms of reducing the deficit, and our debt will begin to fall from next year. The economy is expected to grow for the fourth year in a row in 2014, and consumer sentiment is at a six year high and property prices are starting to recover. “The Government is determined to pursue post-bailout policies that will safeguard the stability of our public finances and boost economic growth. Next week, the Government will publish the Mid-Term Economic Strategy, which will set out how we plan to build on the recovery and enhance job creation in the years ahead.“I know the people of Donegal have had a difficult few years, but I am encountering a renewed confidence and sense of optimism in our ability as a country and a society to get back on our feet. Our economic recovery is down to the resilience and sacrifices of the Irish people, and I am confident that their efforts will be rewarded as we continue to create jobs and prosperity returns.”RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN DONEGAL AFTER BAILOUT EXIT – McHUGH was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJoe McHughRENEWED CONFIDENCE IN DONEGAL AFTER BAILOUT EXIT – McHUGHlast_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 27)(REOPENS DEL 27)When the House had begun on Monday, the MPs in Parliament had attacked the Delhi government on Odd Even Scheme and not being exempted from it and had demanded that the number of passes issues to them should be increased from one to two.”This demand of increasing Parliament passes for the vehicles of MPs from one to two is under active consideration. We are keen to resolve any problem in the communication of MPs to Parliament. The vehicles so far arranged are sufficient for smooth and hassle free ferrying of MPs,” Bhalla said.Listing measures taken by Parliament Secretariat to redress concerns of MPs emerging from the vehicle rationing formula of Delhi government, Bhalla said that the transport desk, which facilitates the ferrying of MPs from their residences in Delhi to Parliament and vice versa, has 25 vehicles including 10 of Lok Sabha, eight of Rajya Sabha and seven DTC buses.In a statement, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said that due to Odd Even formula announced by the government of Delhi, only 13 vehicles (six from Lok Sabha, four from Rajya Sabha and three DTC) are available on even dates while 12 vehicles (four each from Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and DTC) are available for odd dates.”In order to ensure smooth and hassle free ferrying of MPs, six low floor buses were hired from DTC on April 25 but these could not be successful and were released on the same evening.Immediately, the ITDC officials were called and nine AC vehicles have been hired from them from June 26 to June 29. 10 vehicles have also been hired from the Parliament Security Service,” it said in the statement. PTI AMR RGadvertisementlast_img read more