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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. 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.
  3. Q Magazine
    Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Although comprised of offcuts, it amounts to a great fourth and final record. [Dec 2018, p.104]
  4. Nov 12, 2018
    80
    It showcases Bradley’s strongest talents, and is just as good as any of the records he released when he was alive.
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    75
    Even as Black Velvet occasionally fails to gel as a cohesive album--it is, after all, essentially a B-sides collection--it succeeds as a tribute to an authentic talent.
  6. Nov 14, 2018
    70
    Black Velvet is a collection of odds and ends and not a proper album, and sometimes it sounds that way as it moves from track to track. But it is full of the heart, soul, and spirit that Charles Bradley summoned every time he stood before a microphone, and this is a moving reminder of how much he gave us, and how much we have lost.
  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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