No Time for Dreaming

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    Retro-soul aficionados who claim they don't make 'em like they used to will obviously be thrilled with this, but even contemporary R&B fans can't help but be moved by the emotion and passion evident in every note of this riveting set.
  2. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    No Time for Dreaming is a searing testament to the power of perseverance.
  3. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    Rounding out Bradley's raw emotion is his bombastic backing band: Daptone's funky Menahan Street Band. But however many names are dropped, Bradley's innate showmanship and voice--a mournful alto bellow--are all his own.
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    74
    Fans of old school R&B (or really, any of Daptone's artists) would do well to give him a fair shake. It also goes without saying that everything on No Time for Dreaming will sound better live. Bring your megaphones; here's a guy impossible not to root for.
  5. Mojo
    Apr 4, 2011
    80
    The 62-year-old Bradley, meanwhile, has all the marks of the soul greats who have gone before him; the testifying smart Syl Johnson, the grit and gusto of Otis Redding, the raw power of James Brown, the smoulder and shudder of James Carr. Together they make an intoxicating sound, one that would have fit in perfectly at Twilight in the late-'60s.
  6. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    While it took a little while for the magic to finally get laid down to tape, the results are worth the wait.
  7. Feb 23, 2011
    84
    No Time For Dreaming not only prevails as a defining culmination of Bradley's lifelong musicianship to date, but also furthers the argument that Daptone Records can do no wrong.
  8. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    You don't need to know his back story to fall in love with Bradley--the music speaks for itself. This album has been a looooong time coming, but it's more than worth the wait.
  9. Feb 23, 2011
    85
    It's in that strange tug and pull from which struggle springs passion and beauty that these men seemed to effortlessly thrive. And it is there with both a genuine, relatable sadness and an unwavering resolve so rooted in the broken concrete Bradley walks upon, that No Time For Dreaming also comfortably sits.
  10. Q Magazine
    Mar 9, 2011
    80
    No Time For Dreaming has the gritty feel of the real thing, a man who's known mostly hard times and tells it with a pleading throaty roar and blood-curdling scream worthy of James Brown. A real find. [Mar 2011, p.117]
  11. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    No Time for Dreaming wails in a world of "Heartaches and Pain" (see the memorable closing track), but Bradley's despair is never less than stirring.

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