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XL Recordings' Richard Russell worked up one final album for Gil Scott-Heron, and now with Damon Albarn he's helping 68-year-old soul survivor Bobby Womack revitalize his voice for the 2012 crowd. Scott-Heron's voice can be heard for the "Stupid Introlude" that, as its title suggest, leads into "Stupid," a beat-enhanced piano ballad. Russell and Albarn keep their involvement in perspective, providing a safe haven for Womack to do what he does best and updating his sound to meet the expectations of modern ears. They may be plenty busy behind the scenes, but you never lose Womack in the crowd. The modest post-dubstep cabaret of "Dayglo Reflection" throws in Lana Del Rey for ambience and Womack's friend and inspiration, Sam Cooke, for a sense of history. Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara heats up "Nothin' Can Save Ya." The electro beats and backup vocals provide a springboard for Womack's lead vocals, which age has tempered but not ravaged, despite Womack's walks, jogs, and sprints on the wild side. 

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Oh well

Well the hype is over , I truly had such high hopes for this album as we all know a Womack is a legend and the idea of him recording with Albarn under XL had me reaching for the pre order button ( which I did) .... But at the moment after 4,5,6 listens I have to say its nowhere near where I hoped , it's a poor mans Gil Scott Heron " I'm New Here".. It's too short . Relies too much on technology instead of Womack himself . Lyrically it falls short on half the album . A legend like him (Womack) surely would & should have much more to say after such a long sabbatical away than what's on offer here . My only hope is that this is just the dipping of a toe to test the water ... 2 versions if a song & a 22 second snippet on such a short album is hardly value for money .. I rarely knock any album , but this should really have been a 6 track EP , sorry guys it's the way I feel but if you've bought it or are thinking well I hope it gives you a bit more pleasure than I have found in it

Worth it for 'Please Forgive my Heart' and 'Stupid' alone

Some of these trip=hop/modern beats don't do it for me so I find myself skipping over certain tracks but worth it for 'Please Forgive my Heart' and 'Stupid' alone, two of my favourite tracks in recent years


Born: 04 March 1944 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A veteran who paid his dues for over a decade before getting his shot at solo stardom, Bobby Womack persevered through tragedy and addiction to emerge as one of soul music's great survivors. Able to shine in the spotlight as a singer or behind the scenes as an instrumentalist and songwriter, Womack never got his due from pop audiences, but during the late '60s and much of the '70s, he was a consistent hitmaker on the R&B charts, with a high standard of quality control. His records were quintessential...
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