Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming (2011)

At the risk of losing my "retro-soul aficionado" credentials, I'm going to state that this album is like most Daptone releases I've heard: masterful performances of mediocre, monotonous, mostly mid-tempo, minor-keyed material.  Bradley's voice is powerfully weathered and emotional while the Menahan Street band knows how to play this Southernesque soul music period-appropriately.  But, for the most part, this just doesn't get me going. Yes, I realize I'm in the minority; it's where we contrarians reside.

Is "it's not the musicians, it's the material" the musical equivalent of a "it's not you, it's me" break-up?

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: The better tunes are the title track, Since Our Last Goodbye, and the all-too-brief Trouble In the Land.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

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