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  • Summary: The posthumous release for the soul singer features songs recorded during sessions from his previous three releases.
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Nov 5, 2018
    91
    Black Velvet reminds us how much we gained from the music of Charles Bradley, as well as what we've lost in his absence. [9 Nov 2018, p.54]
  2. 90
    The result is naturally a bit of a mish-mash, but all of the material is terrific and the sequencing makes this seem like a finished product.
  3. Nov 14, 2018
    85
    It's a groove from beginning to end, and much like Bradley's musical career, Black Velvet doesn't fail to appeal to listeners both young and old. His talent and spirit will be sorely missed.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 5, 2018
    80
    The most heart-wrenching selection are a ravaged take on Nirvana's "Stay Away" in which Bradley intuitively taps into Kurt Cobain's roiling anguish, a tonsil-shredding full-band rendition of "Victim Of Love" and the instrumental "Black Velvet," which Brenneck had earmarked for a Bradley vocal he was too weak to sing. [Dec 2018, p.23]
  5. Nov 7, 2018
    80
    Tracks like the funky "Can't Fight the Feeling," "Love Jones" and "I Feel a Change" aren't '60s soul throwbacks so much as they are genuine articles, with the now-trademark Daptone sound feeling fresh and vintage at once.
  6. Q Magazine
    Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Although comprised of offcuts, it amounts to a great fourth and final record. [Dec 2018, p.104]
  7. Mojo
    Nov 5, 2018
    60
    It's no surprise that there isn't the immediate drive of 2011 Daptone debut No Time For Dreaming, it the energy and cohesion of follow-ups Victim Of Love (2013) and Changes (2016). But Black Velvet's appeal grows. [Dec 2018. p.85]

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