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I'm New Here (Bonus Track Version)

Gil Scott-Heron

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The man who once gave us “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and inspired a generation of rappers returns after spending much of the previous decade in and out of prison on drug charges. His gripping baritone handles the spoken-word pieces with his usual authority, but it’s the surprising musical turns that make this a true comeback. Robert Johnson’s “Me and The Devil Blues” is given a facelift with hip-hop beats haunting its steps. The title track features Scott-Heron covering a Smog tune as a ‘60s folksinger with acoustic guitar supporting his community-activist bones. “Your Soul and Mine” adds ominous synths and a solid, mechanical backbeat to his comforting but unflinching wise man’s delivery. “The Crutch” speaks from inside a drug addict’s head. The R&B classic “I’ll Take Care of You” receives an unnerving interpretation where the promise sounds more like a threat.  “Where Did the Night Go” pumps with a palpable fear under its tough talk, while “Running” works as pure menace. “New York Is Killing Me” is surprisingly sparse. While the world has become more uncertain and Scott-Heron’s music reflects this, Scott-Heron is back and ready for a good fight.

Customer Reviews

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What can I say, one of the best albums i've heard so far this year. An album from a man who has been so important to music over the years, his lyrics and words have always been fitting observations of social issues; and this album is no exception. It's a short album, but I was genuinely left wanting more. Try not to listen to the clips - this record flows best as a complete piece. I know this is itunes but I would also suggest buying it on CD...thats where the soul is.

A welcome breath of fresh air and honesty

This poetic and understated record is a welcome return from Gil Scott-Heron. Producer Richard Russell has done well to keep the accompaniment simple and leave room for Scott-Heron’s lyrics and smoky voice; be it talking/narrating on the opening track On Coming from a Broken Home, Pt 1 or singing on the bluesy I'll Take Care of You. There is a wonderful moodiness to the whole record that only adds to Scott-Heron’s gravitas. Paradoxically this is a perfect antidote to the generations he inspired in the hip-hop world who seem more interested in running fashion labels than politics and poetry. The video of making the record is a real treat too!

Back from the cold, as hot as ever

I was 16 when a friend first played me a 'Best of Gil Scott Heron' CD and, having already been a keen listener to jazz, soul and funk I was drawn in and mightily impressed. Here was a man dubbed the 'Godfather of Rap', but to me he was, and always will be, more than that. Insightful, intelligent, erudite, political and beautiful. My passion for Gil extended to buying all his albums and even the live ones. I have also had the pleasure of seeing him live 4 times! All in all, I was very excited indeed when I heard that he was releasing a new album after 16 very long years since his last release, 'Spirits'. And I had every reason to be. Opening with a beautiful, eerie and emotional 'On Coming From a Broken Home', he pulls you in to his introspective soul and pulls you even further with echoes of Tom Waits on 'Me and The Devil'. His voice is more gravelly than ever- but this only adds to his majesty and wealth of experience as one of jazz and soul's truly great living giants. I could go on and on but I won't. Just buy the album and, to quote one of Gil's earliest records- 'turn on, tune in and drop out'. Unmissable.

Biography

Born: 01 April 1949 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most important progenitors of rap music, Gil Scott-Heron's aggressive, no-nonsense street poetry inspired a legion of intelligent rappers while his engaging songwriting skills placed him square in the R&B charts later in his career, backed by increasingly contemporary production courtesy of Malcolm Cecil and Nile Rodgers (of Chic). Born in Chicago but transplanted to Tennessee for his early years, Scott-Heron spent most of his high-school years in the Bronx, where he learned firsthand...
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