Charles Bradley pleads and preaches on his psychedelic new soul single, “Change for the World,” set to appear on his upcoming LP, Changes.
The rumbling, ominous cut finds Bradley deftly jumping between talking blues and his singular, heart-wrenching wail amidst bleating horns and serpentine guitars. Bradley’s lyrics are unsettling, blunt and vivid as he calls for empathy and understanding between the younger and older generations in a world swept up in violence.
“Heaven is crying, the world is shaking / God is unhappy, the moon is breaking / Blood is spilling, God is coming,” he chants before unleashing a mighty howl, “What are you gonna do?”
“Change for the World” follows Bradley’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes,” a song he previously released as a Record Store Day Black Friday single in 2013. The cut now anchors the Screaming Eagle of Soul’s new LP, Changes, which is available to pre-order ahead of its April 1st release via Daptone Records imprint Dunham.
Changes will be Bradley’s third LP, following his 2011 Daptone debut No Time for Dreaming and 2013’s Victim of Love. The 67-year-old will kick off his spring tour in Miami on February 20th, with North American and European concerts scheduled through early June. A list of North American dates is below.
Charles Bradley Tour Dates
February 20 — Miami, FL @ Virginia Key GrassRoots Fest
February 21 — Orlando, FL @ The Social
February 23 — Tallahassee, FL @ The Sidebar Theatre
February 24 — Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
February 25 — Gainesville, FL @ Changeville Festival
March 13 — Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla
March 25 — Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
April 23 — New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
April 24 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
April 28 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
April 29 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
April 30 — Madison, WI @ Majestic
May 4 — Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 5 — St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
May 6 — Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Bar
May 12 — San Diego, CA @ North Park
May 13 — Los Angeles, CA @ Theater At The Ace Hotel
May 16 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
May 17 — San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
May 19 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 20 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
May 23 — Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
May 26 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
May 27-28 — Suffolk, VA @ Lava Music Festival
May 27-29 Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
June 2 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club