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  • Summary: The fist album of new material from Bobby Womack since 1994 was co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Jun 14, 2012
    100
    It's eminently clear these producers know exactly when to assert themselves and when to stay out of the soul legend's way to achieve the most captivating results possible.
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    88
    The result confronts old age without giving in to self-pity. It earns its title.
  3. Jun 8, 2012
    80
    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.
  4. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    The gift that this record has offered him is the gift of being who he is once again. [Jul 2012, p.59]
  5. Jun 11, 2012
    74
    The production's click-clack effects and arcade synths often distract and inadvertently undercut the sincerity of Womack's words.
  6. Jun 11, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. Jun 13, 2012
    50
    The lack of development and subtlety is a frequent problem for the album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 9, 2013
    10
    This is the first album by Bobby Womack I've ever listened too, and I must admit, it's one of the best, boldest, and biggest surprises I've listened too in the year 2012. Bobby Womack sounds tired, drifted, beat up, and 100% soulful. Womack sings the blues the best, he still sounds fantastic. The lyrics are powerful, and made me really look at things differently. The production is slick, mixing Gorillaz style beats from Albarn with Bobby Womack couldn't of been a better movie. All In All, this album will forever go down as one of the best American releases of 2012, and will stick with me for the rest of my life. A Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2012
    10
    Check out the full review at Manik Music! http://www.manikmusic.net/reviews/bobby-womack-the-bravest-man-in-the-universe/#

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  3. Jul 24, 2012
    8
    Bobby Womack returns after many years of hiatus - and most importantly - he is back with a worthy successor over twelve years ago "Resurrection". The new album entitled "The bravest Man In The Universe" is above all the release maintained in the conventions of R&B music - but if you expect the album, whose songs are constantly played on the radio you'll be somewhat disappointed. But in the positive way. Songs - among others - created featuring Fatoumata Diawary, Gil Scott-Heron or Lana Del Rey, have this sophisticated and difficult to forge element which no doubt makes album is not only an interesting proposition for fans of R&B. Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2012
    8
    I have little knowledge of Bobby Womack's past. Whatever that past was it has conspired to create a voice that is full of hope and sadness simultaneously. It is a voice both old and new and definitely beguiling. This album has a power and soul that continues to make me pause for reflection when I listen to it. Expand