The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Ratings: #144 / 1011
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2012 Ratings: #219
June 12, 2012 / Release Date
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Beats Per Minute

The Last Soul Man has given us another soul classic, but in an unflinchingly modern package.

A.V. Club

While The Bravest Man In The Universe bears little surface relation to Womack’s best-known music, it is—like “Stylo”—in line spiritually with what Womack’s all about.


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

Consequence of Sound

The strongest moments of The Bravest Man in the Universe brought me to tears. 

The 405

Bobby Womack's time has come once again, and he's still got it.

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


Although not quite the greatest release that Womack’s name has been stamped on, The Bravest Man will, with some luck, serve as a pleasant and uplifting gateway to Womack’s imperative back catalogue.


While The Bravest Man is a skeletal affair with the spotlight keenly trained on Womack's cracked vocals, it doesn't attempt to sound like "classic" Bobby Womack, for better or worse.

Bobby Womack always had one of the great soul voices even if at times some of his recordings were a bit MOR, the Bravest Man In The World is a swan song that returns to his best. Working with Damon Albarn and Richard Russell to merge his magnificent soul voice with clever edgy techno beats and sounds to create a fantastic album. Somehow it seems to reach out across the years to Across 110th Street to bookend the life and voice of one of the last soul men. The fact that it is his last album ... read more
Richard Russell and Damon Albarn work together to bring Bobby Womack back from the dead, offering to him a discreet but steady, electronic background to step on and sing, yes, sing one more time.
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Track List

  1. The Bravest Man in the Universe 
  2. Please Forgive My Heart 
  3. Deep River 
  4. Dayglo Reflection [ft. Lana Del Rey] 
  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
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Added on: March 8, 2012