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The Bravest Man In The Universe

Bobby WomackAudio CD
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Bobby Womack first came to prominence in the in the 1950s as part of The Womack Brothers, a gospel group that was comprised of siblings Cecil, Harry, Curtis and Friendly. Impressed with the group, Sam Cooke encouraged them to come to Los Angeles where he signed them to his SAR label. Making the transition from gospel to R&B, they recorded as The Valentinos, ultimately hitting with ... Read more in Amazon's Bobby Womack Store

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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B007PAAO0Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Bravest Man In The Universe
2. Please Forgive My Heart
3. Deep River
4. Dayglo Reflection
5. Sweet Baby Mine
6. Stupid
7. If There Wasn't Something There
8. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up
9. Nothin' Can Save Ya
10. Jubilee (Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around)

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The Bravest Man In The Universe is Bobby Womack's first album of original material since 1994's Resurrection. Co-produced by Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) and Richard Russell, the album was recorded at Albarn's Studio 13 in West London and New York's Manhattan Center between October and December 2011. The album features guest vocalist Lana Del Rey on the song, Dayglo Reflection . Bobby Womack's musical career has spanned 50+ years during which time he has written songs recorded by The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Janis Joplin (to name a few) and has played on sessions for Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield and more. Nicknamed The Preacher and The Poet , Bobby Womack's work has topped the singles charts many times over and his collaborations with artists from Patti Labelle to Mos Def to Gorillaz to The Rolling Stones showcase a legend who has and continues to influence musicians across genres. Bobby Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Wise as it is Infectious June 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Every now and then, an album will come out that leaves people scratching their heads wondering how it even got made: Bobby Womack's THE BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE is such an album. Produced by Richard Russell and Damon Albarn (of Gorillaz and Blur fame), this release is laden with electronic rhythms, synthesizers, and keyboards. The ingredients should sound strange: a 68-year old 70's R&B legend, creating a new album (his first in over a decade), produced by one of the guys behind Blur's Britpop. The result however, is just as puzzling as its ingredients: it's fantastic.

In the middle of the album, the track "Dayglo Reflection" starts with a quote by Sam Cooke: "as a singer grows older, his conception grows a little deeper, because he lives life and he understands what he is trying to say a little more." This singular sentence sums up everything THE BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE represents. Bobby Womack sounds just as comfortable here as he does in any of his previous releases. The juxtaposition of Womack's soulful croon and the album's electronic vibe works well and is rarely distracting. Rather than sounding anachronistic or dated, Womack sounds fresh and comfortable; if Tricky (circa Maxinquaye) grew up listening to gospel records, the results would be this.

The album begins with Womack nearly shouting "The bravest man in the universe is the one who has forgiven first." This introduction quickly slides into pounding, dark electronic synthesizers; it quickly pulls the listener in. This title track is followed by "Please Forgive My Heart," and by this point, it becomes obvious that this album isn't just a gimmick - it's earnest and sincere. "Dayglo Reflection" offers a thoughtful duet between Womack and Lana Del Ray.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravest man!! June 12, 2012
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Soul maestro Bobby Womack was last heard on the Gorillaz "Plastic Beach" and "The Fall" albums. "Bravest Man In The Universe" is his first album of new material in 18 years and is produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell (the latter who also worked magic with Gil Scott-Heron on his last album "I'm New Here").

Largely eschewing seventies-style strings, horns and Womack's guitar work for synths and electro beats, the results are never less than spectacular, from the spare booming title track ("The bravest man in the universe, is the one who has forgiven first"), to the piano-driven "Please Forgive My Heart" set to twitchy Timbaland-style beats and with a lovely Acoustic coda.

"Deep River" is acoustic Blues/Folk/Soul, "Dayglo Reflection" features a deadpan Lana Del Ray perfectly contrasting a raspy Womack and is a dreamy song with skittery/cluttery beats, hypnotic strings, and stabs of bass.

Every song stands out; the spare harrowing Trip Hop-ish "Whatever Happened To The Times", a spoken sample of Gil Scott-Heron appears on the interlude "Stupid Introlude" which segues into the catchy "Stupid" with twinkly piano, sketchy bass, and lyrics about false preachers.

Womack is on stellar form vocally throughout, soulful and authoritative. "If There Wasn't Something There" is Hip Hop/Soul, the euphoric "Love Is Gonna Lift You Up" takes you to Church, the lush quivery Jazzy "Nothin' Can Save Ya" features African songstress Fatoumata Diawara" (she appeared on Albarn's "Rocket Juice & Moon" project), while closing is "Jubilee", a Gospel style spoken/sung/chant with electro martial beats.

Womack sounds perfectly at home sitting atop these 21st Century grooves. Marvelous!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Womack and Damon Albarn at their best June 16, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I was a bit skeptical when buying this CD and I was ready to be disappointed by many of the tracks, but to my surprise THERE IS NOT A SINGLE BAD TRACK on the album. I cannot say this about many cds but this is truely a masterpiece. Any fan of Bobby Womack or Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, The Good the Bad and the Queen) should add this to their collection immediately.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uhm.....WOW!! July 11, 2012
By GregE
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So beautiful, so heartbreaking, so important. BW's voice is so beautiful, and so tortuered. The lyrics are just amazing! You can't buy this quickly enough. Listen loud and listen often. It is one of the best of the year, and at $5 it's a steal. Buy it before they change the price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic American soul meets classic uk electro June 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD
First heard the title track on the radio and was blown away by the production, vocals and lyrics. Soul meets dance meets funk. All with that old school meets new school flavor. The UK boast some of the finest musci in my eyes and an American soul legend like Bobby Womack comes to town it's a 5 star all the way!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars better than average June 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
on the real real, this album is interesting in terms of creative concept and how you make a Bobby Womack in the 21rst century with a modern day flip. now Womack is one of the Greatest Artists Ever a proven all around musical force, however this album ain't going to make anyone who is familiar with Womack's peak and prime work even put this in that mix. in other words this ain't touching the Poet 1 or 2 let alone "across 110nth" street or Communication, etc... Prime and Peak era Bobby Womack, however its a interesting format that allows Bobby Womack to rock a modern concept with some cool results in places and in others its stuff that is just kinda there. no money tracks here, however some interesting concepts and its cool to hear Bobby Womack back in the mix again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Grandma Goes Hip-Hop
Disclaimer: I am old enough to be your grandmother (!) and I don't like music made by plugging in a Dr. Dre drum machine. That being said, this album is astounding to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Max
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not even close to his best. May he rest in peace.
Published 2 months ago by S. Stephens
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad. and now he's gone to boot
scared me, Bad. and now he's gone to boot.
Published 2 months ago by Philip L. Broyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bobby Womack has always been one of my favorite artist. He will be truly missed.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Old man, new tricks
When an artist steps into new territory, I'm often impressed - provided it does not reflect a total lack of inspiration. Read more
Published 8 months ago by AOD
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice music but.... Bobby's signature 'GUITAR' strums are missed!
Being a Bobby Womack fan, I purchased this CD to add to my BW collection after hearing it might be his last. As we all know, Bobby's songs have 2 identifiable signature styles. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Unique
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice album
This is one of my favorites albums, I specially listen several times a week the song "If There Wasn't Something There". Read more
Published 11 months ago by manolod
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest man in the universe
yes, i really like this album, i have not stopped listening to it really, yes i like it, it is not the poet or home is where the heart is or the last soul man, but it is still a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars If you really love Bobby, you will feel this album
I was very pleased with what will likely be Bobby's last attempt at recording. He is truly a great talent who has given us so much great music that I will always enjoy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by titikay
1.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Womack misses opportunity to please his fans
I am a huge Bobby Womack Fan and was dissapointed with his new release The bravest man in the universe. It did not click with me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by jake
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