[REVIEW] Soul Man Revived:<br />
Bobby Womackâs The Bravest Man in the Universe

[REVIEW] Soul Man Revived:
Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe

Mark Anthony Neal takes a look at the legend's troubled life and triumphant new record

Mark Anthony Neal

by Mark Anthony Neal, June 21, 2012

[REVIEW] Soul Man Revived:<br />
Bobby Womackâs The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby Womack

life, there are many who believe Womack has suffered for trading his gifts from the Lord, for the fame of the pop charts.  Father and son did have the opportunity to musically reconcile, when the two recorded a version of “Tarnished Rings” together in the mid-1970s.

With the release of The Bravest Man in the Universe, Womack is more visible than he has been at any point in his career.  That he had to leave the United States to find this late career success, speaks volumes about the state of Black radio and the US recording industry in general; One is not likely to hear anything from this recording on their local Hot-whatever or “Classic Soul & R&B” station; Womack won’t be visiting the "Red Velvet Studio" on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.  Womack is one of the last links to a generation of singers—Soul Men and Women—who most explicitly linked the social vision of the Black Church with the political energies of the Civil Rights Movement.  Rather that the “Last Soul Man,”  Bobby Womack is a ‘Soul Man Revived.”

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