On his new album The Bravest Man In The Universe, the scraggly-voiced soul legend Bobby Womack teams up with two producers with interesting plans for him: Damon Albarn and XL Records boss Richard Russell. On the album, Womack gets intense and mournful over stark, dubby backing tracks, and the end result belongs in the same ghostly aesthetic universe as I’m New Here, Russell’s collaboration with the late Gil Scott-Heron. We’ve already heard the title track, “Please Forgive My Heart,” and the Lana Del Rey collab “Dayglo Reflection,” and now the entire album is streaming online. Listen to it at NPR.
The Bravest Man In The Universe is out 6/12 on XL.