1. Bobby Womack – “Please Forgive My Heart”
Ok, let’s put this shit in perspective.Bobby Womack releasing his first album of new material in 18 years was already big news beyond the scope of big things that happened in this year or even this decade. But when that album–a collaboration with the dream team of Damon Albarn and Richard Russell of XL Records–turned out to contain some of the most effecting songs of Womack’s entire 58-year career (the first record with his name on it was 1954’s “Buffalo Bill.” Dude was 10 years old) we are not talking songs of the century, we are talking immortality. It all comes together on “Please Forgive My Heart,” one of several songs that seem to reference the well-known tragedies of Womack’s life. The recent announcement of his struggle with alzheimer’s–making this very likely to be his last voyage into inner space–just make it that much harder to listen to–and harder not to listen to.