Well, looking back on the year, there is not much more surprising than Damon Albarn producing a Bobby Womack record. The Bravest Man In The Universe was released in June. Womack claimed it was “the best thing I’ve ever done”. Perhaps not, but given the high bar, the statement is extraordinary nonetheless. This man was Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist for goodness sake. He also wrote and originally recorded The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, ‘It’s All Over Now’. ‘Please Forgive My Heart’ is off the album and marks Womack’s first original material since 1994.