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REVIEW: Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here


January 27th, 2010

It has taken me a while to get around to writing this but I have to tell you about this album.

This project began when producer Richard Russell (founder of XL Recordings) visited Gil Scott-Heron at Ryker’s Island penitentiary while Gil was serving 2-5 years for drug possession. Gil called Richard when he got out; they started talking about music. And then they started to exchange music. Then they did a few sessions. And two years later, we have an album that was worth the wait.

It’s been 15 years since the man who has been called “the black Bob Dylan” has released new material and I am glad he is back. This is an album that exemplifies futuristic soul. Gil reaches into his heart to bring us a breathtaking, refreshing album. It is only a 25 minute album, but you will be engaged from beginning to end. This is not an album to listen to while at work or multitasking. This is an album you need to get a good cocktail to and really take it in and listen to.

His lyrics aren’t the only thing that are exceptional on the album. His aged, raspy voice speaks to you over some amazing beats and simple rhythms. My only issue with the album is the beginning and end of the album he talks over a Kanye West beat. There is so much quality production throughout the album that I don’t understand why they needed that. Reguardless, this album is absolutely worth picking up.

MP3: Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil

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