October 6, 2011

Charles Bradley's Delayed Gratification (Tim Quirk, 10/03/11, Magnifier)
The songs on Charles Bradley's No Time for Dreaming don't contain much love or redemption - by way of example, the free track he's given Magnifier is called "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" - but he sings them with an abandon bordering on glee that suggests the mere fact of surviving the abyss is amazing, while the ability to dance around it afterward is outright heroic. Because there's always the chance you might fall right back in. Magnifier's video interview is a lot like a Charles Bradley song - at one point he admits, "Sometimes I want to go and hide because it hurts so bad." But it's easy to miss the painful core, since he surrounds it with happy memories about his sister introducing him to James Brown, the gin he drank before jumping on stage for the first time, the glory of Barbra Streisand singing "Memories," and how he sees right through the young 'uns he tours with in the Menahan Street Band. Watch the interview and laugh. Listen to the free song and clap. Smile and shout when he does the splits. Just don't ever assume that's all there is to it.

Posted by at October 6, 2011 6:38 AM
  

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