The Bravest Man In The Universe "I once was lost, but now I'm found." That centuries-old gospel refrain has been co-opted endlessly, but few own it like 68-year-old soul survivor Womack… The Bravest Man In The Universe "I once was lost, but now I'm found." That centuries-old gospel refrain has been co-opted endlessly, but few own it like 68-year-old soul survivor Womack… 2012-06-12 Bobby Womack R&B XL
Music Review

The Bravest Man in the Universe (2012)

SOUL SURVIVOR Thanks to the Gorillaz's Damon Albarn, Womack is back in the game with killer vocals to boot
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SOUL SURVIVOR Thanks to the Gorillaz's Damon Albarn, Womack is back in the game with killer vocals to boot
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 12, 2012; Lead Performance: Bobby Womack; Genre: R&B; Production: XL

''I once was lost, but now I'm found.'' That centuries-old gospel refrain has been co-opted endlessly, but few own it like 68-year-old soul survivor Womack does on his 28th album's title track. Long plagued by drug addiction and poor health, the R&B legend was all but out of the game when Britpop hero Damon Albarn recruited him for Gorillaz' Plastic Beach in 2010. Since then, Albarn has made it his mission — as Rick Rubin and Jack White did with Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn, respectively — to bring an icon to a new generation. His smart production allows Womack's still-vital voice to do most of the work, draping it lovingly over spare piano and guitar lines. At times the dribs of Gorillaz-style glitch don't quite fit, making some songs on The Bravest Man in the Universe feel more like clever remixes than organic moments. Still, Womack shines — not just a brave man, but a remarkably resilient one. A–

Originally posted Jun 06, 2012 Published in issue #1211 Jun 15, 2012 Order article reprints
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