It wasn’t so long ago that Charles Bradley was a struggling James Brown impersonator, but after Daptone Records—Brooklyn’s answer to Motown—discovered him, the 64-year-old soul singer’s career finally achieved liftoff. On Victim of Love, the follow-up to his dazzling 2011 debut No Time for Dreaming, the R&B crooner sounds undeniably confident, trading his heartache for love and channeling Al Green more than the Godfather of Soul. Backed by the Menahan Street Band’s excellent horn section, the LP shifts effortlessly from straightforward R&B and brassy shuffles to ballads and psychedelic soul and back again. The lone exception is “Hurricane,” a funk workout. As he sings on “Through the Storm,” the album’s closing number, “When the world gives you love/it frees your soul.” For Bradley, it’s been a long time coming.