Soul heavyweight Charles Bradley has just released an absolutely beautiful cover of Black Sabbath‘s “Changes.” Expanding on Sabbath’s blues influence, Bradley turns “Changes” into a soulful powerhouse drenched in a heavy emotional sweat.
Bradley’s version feels like an original, a touching ode to loss and regret that the Screaming Eagle of Soul makes every bit his own. Bradley first recorded the cover while his mother Inez was dying in 2013. Bradley’s recent stomach cancer diagnosis, which lends yet another new layer of heart-rending sadness to the song. Despite stupefying power of its raw emotion, this song is a reminder that pain is a part of being human.