Wednesday 2 January 2013

Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band: I'll Slip Away

Oh, Rodriguez, man, you just got owned. Charles Bradley's cover of Rodriguez's 1967 debut takes the hippy ballad and makes it plead for its soul. The Menahan Street Band really catch fire here: they introduce I'll Slip Away with a fanfare of horns and don't let go.

If 2012 was Rodriguez's year with the Searching for Sugar Man documentary, then 2011 was definitely Bradley's - No Time For Dreaming stands stall amongst all that year's records. 2013 surely must, again, be Bradley's. Just last month Bradley guested - scratch that, he made - the key cut on DJ Nu-Mark's excellent Broken Sunlight album.

Can someone bring the Bradley documentary to the UK? Another album wouldn't hurt, either.

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