Bobby Womack : The Bravest Man In The Universe
Bobby Womack, R&B legend and co-writer of Across 110th Street, is set to release his first album of original music since 1994. Like Gil Scott-Heron before him, Womack has been taken under the wing of XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, who seems determined to give the long-dormant Womack and new lease on artistic life. Russel and Damon Albarn have produced Womack’s new album, which features this bass-heavy trip hop tune. The beats are cool and Womack’s voice is hot – a textured soul performance for of straining peaks and smooth, lulling breaks. The only misstep here are the Subterranean Homesick Alien-style computer voices that frame the song – horribly naff.