Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe (XL)

Soulful veteran drops his first album of new material in almost 20 years

Time has done wonders for Bobby Womack. The 68-year-old Cleveland native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never sounded so ingrained with the music as he does on The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album of new material in almost 20 years. Producers Damon Albarn (who recruited Womack for the last couple of Gorillaz albums) and Richard Russell layer the old-school R&B foundations with stripped-down strings, percolating hip-hop beats, acoustic guitars, and ghostly piano fills. But the focus is on Womack's warm, worn voice, aged to a soulful rasp that gives songs like "Please Forgive My Heart" and the title tune the gravity and sense of history they call for. He even duets with Lana Del Rey on a song called "Dayglo Reflection." Brave indeed.

Scroll to read more Local Music articles
Join the Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Detroit Metro Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.