Womack entered the 2011 recording sessions for the album with an open mind and knew they’d be using programmed beats. But he admitted the recording style employed by Albarn, the Blur frontman, and Russell, the XL Recordings owner, took some getting used to.
The trio sat down together in the round, joined by Womack’s writing partner Harold Payne, and hammered out arrangements as they went. Womack worried they were moving too quickly, but says he loved the final product.
“As loooong as the most dominant thing is there and that’s your vocals and your lyrics _ that’s your story _ that’s all that matters,” Womack said. “Ain’t nobody going to be listening to who programmed the drums or who did the piano. They don’t care. They’re just listening to the basic song itself. And when you hear me sing, even if you’ve only heard me sing once, you know my voice.”
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