We've seen R&B singers have comebacks before. Gil Scott-Heron and Solomon Burke, both now deceased, come to mind. But I'm pleasantly surprised to see Bobby Womack, born and raised in Cleveland, now counted as another one.
The comeback can be credited to British musician Damon Albarn who selected him to sing a song on the last Gorillaz album. This led to Albarn producing a new album for Womack, The Bravest Man In The Universe, released on Tuesday.
Music from the album is already charting in the UK where, it seems, many a forgotten US soul singer goes to rejuvenate their career.
This is not standard R&B fare but rather uses modern glitch tracks and electronica more often than not. It's also given modern cred with a duet by Lana Del Ray.
Womack's voice is in fine form and the result is a winner of an album. Whether this will translate into sales or a successful tour here in the US remains to be seen, but the critics are on board.
Artist: Bobby Womack
Review: Entertainment Weekly