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


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first_imgRajmane, an MFA from Shiv Nadar University, focused on theRajmane, an MFA from Shiv Nadar University, focused on the Khirkee mosque area and used threads to measure boundaries of nearly 60 houses in and around the dilapidated site.She has then created metal bars using the same measurements to create a maze-like installation inside the studio.The artwork, she says, reflects the experience of “being an outsider.””There are boundaries all around us, in family and in society. Living in Khirkee made me even more aware of about these multiple layers of society.”There used to be so many Africans here earlier, now there are more Iranians. What are the boundaries they are expected to live in? Then there is the mosque area, where there are more landowners, while the rest of Khirkee is either slum area or the glitzy malls. Who creates these boundaries?” she says.The perennially troubled issue of migration and contemporary urbanism is taken up by the youngest of the lot, Arijit Bhattacharya.The 25-year-old graduate from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University talks about art that is functional and that can be used to the benefit of those who live in makeshift shelters.For the residency he has created a leatherette bag that transforms itself into a “superhero rubber suit” which can be worn during fire emergencies.”I noticed that there is a lot of construction in Khirkee and therefore its also a huge safety hazard, especially if a fire breaks out. Since I want my art to be functional, I have designed this suit which can be worn as protective gear,” Bhattacharya says.advertisementOther projects from the residency include Kolkata based cartoonist Manojit Samantas three-dimensional jigsaw like puzzle made out of cardboard cut-outs that depict the chaotic, unruly life of Khirkee Extension and Manipuri artist Johnson Kshetrimayum s works on racial discrimination that are based on his personal experiences of abuse.”We were called everything from a chinky to chowmein and many times were slapped and beaten up,” Kshetrimayum says.He has depicted all of this in the form of wall drawings and illustrations that talk about discrimination.The five-day-long show is set to conclude on June 20. PTI TRS ANSlast_img read more