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The Bravest Man In The Universe

Bobby Womack

The Bravest Man In The Universe

First collection of new songs in 18 years from the veteran soul and R&B singer, produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell

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  1. 9.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s bold, cathartic, and essential; a candidate for not only one of 2012’s best, but one of the most important records in all of American soul
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  2. 9.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    We are in the presence of mad, brilliant, soulful genius and there is no choice but to surrender
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    An album that affirms the power of life, in all of its mess and glory
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  4. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    It is better to view the album not as an object of singular greatness (as indeed it is), but as a culmination of a magnificent career
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  5. 8.5 |   BBC

    While The Bravest Man in the Universe may not be quite a masterpiece, it is unquestionably a great achievement in which weaknesses are so few and far between that they barely even register
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  6. 8.5 |   Tone Deaf

    Womack sings with every one of his 68 years, and the result is as powerful and touching as the singer himself must feel rewarded for producing his best album in over a decade
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  7. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It is in line spiritually with what Womack’s all about
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  8. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The strongest moments of The Bravest Man in the Universe brought me to tears
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  9. 8.0 |   State

    If The Bravest Man… set out to marry the old and the new it puts not a single foot wrong
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  10. 8.0 |   AU Review

    A bloody marvellous experiment, and one that delivers another chapter in Bobby Womack’s amazing life
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  11. 8.0 | mag

    It couldn’t be more fascinating and impressive. And that’s what we’ve all been waiting for
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    The hottest record he's made in 30 years. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The self-proclaimed 'last soul man' sounds far from finished. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The album posits Womack as a restless spirit, ever expository, invigorated and emboldened by age and experience
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  15. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    Womack is a class act
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  16. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    There’s so much to rave about on The Bravest Man in the World, from the sheer quality of the songwriting to the empathic production to the strength and variety of the vocal stylings
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  17. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    This is a terrific blast of ancient and modern soul
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  18. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Eschewing the psychedelic-funk arrangements of Womack's heyday, Russell and Albarn have opted for sparse electro grooves, the better to focus attention squarely on the singer's sepia timbre
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  19. 8.0 |   Clash

    Ten tracks build, dodge and slink in tempos and passion towards a pounding conclusion
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  20. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    A passionate, heartfelt, serious, dogged effort, pregnant with reflection and as wise as you could hope for. Sententious but not sentimental
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  21. 8.0 |   The Observer

    While Albarn and Russell dominate the record's sound, like a newfangled west London Neptunes, Womack – suffering colon cancer – is upfront and centre, spewing contrition, bewilderment, disdain and yearning in a voice whose authority has only increased with age
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  22. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Few voices have been able to reach the emotional heights of Bobby Womack's, and he infuses The Bravest Man in the Universe with every ounce of his lost time
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  23. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    A pleasant and uplifting gateway to Womack’s imperative back catalogue
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  24. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A few wisps of synthetic strings and a couple of gospel stomps evoke Womack in his prime years in the '70s and early '80s
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  25. 7.0 |   Prefix

    Womack's deliciously deep-fried vocals are surrounded by a world of electronic-based sounds that cast his charisma-laden pipes in stark relief
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  26. 7.0 |   NME

    At its best, it is masterful
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  27. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s not quite up there with those late-period Johnny Cash albums in terms of capturing an artist looking back from the brink, but there are definite shades of that
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  28. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    He's at home testifying over coolly throbbing beats
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  29. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The album is basic, stripped down, but it doesn’t ever feel like a return to foundations
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  30. 6.2 |   Pitchfork

    While Womack does his best to step up to his alien surroundings, he can't help but sound like an out-of-place guest on his own album
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  31. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    The rocking soul of Womack has long been hot wired into the rock mainstream, and this record renews the working relationship
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  32. 6.0 |   Blurt

    More studio sympathy and less technical trickery might've made The Bravest Man in the Universe a minor classic
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  33. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The electronica backing is clearly intended to provide a hyper-modern contrast to the elemental roar of Womack's voice
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  34. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Extremely decent work
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