Back to My Roots
(The Right Stuff/Capitol)
First Appeared at The Music Box, March 2000, Volume 7, #3
Written by John Metzger
Bobby Womack quietly climbed back into the limelight last year with the release of two albums — a greatest hits collection and a set of brand new material titled Back to My Roots. Indeed, the latter set lives up to its title for Womack has put together his finest effort in years.
Back to My Roots signifies Womack’s return to gospel music — not that he’s ever really strayed that far from it. After all, he began his career singing spirituals with his brothers, and he regularly drew upon the gospel style to enhance his vocal delivery. Nevertheless, here he is with a complete song cycle bearing religious overtones.
Beyond the general style, the music is also a welcome return to Womack’s roots. It was Sam Cooke who discovered him and convinced him to shift direction into the larger R&B market. On Back to My Roots, Womack covers three of Cooke’s own gospel selections (Stand By Me, Jesus Be a Fence around Me, and Ease My Troubled Mind), and many of the other tracks owe a great deal to Cooke’s sense of rhythm and melody.
Womack has long been heralded as a legend — and rightly so. Back to My Roots only serves to reinforce that notion by actually providing a more cohesive and inspired experience than the greatest hits package released last year. ˝
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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