GIL SCOTT - HERON - I'm New Here (2010)
Gil Scott-Heron is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1970s and early 1980s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably "Pieces of a Man" and "Winter in America" in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron's recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". On his influence, Allmusic wrote "Scott-Heron's unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists" - wikipedia
Gil Scott-Heron is one of the most influential and important singer/songwriters to have come out of America in the second half of the last century. Much can be said about why this Gil's lyrics are so original and powerful but ,it is important not to overlook his utterly singular voice which is so distinctive and rough and tender. It is a voice of experience. A new record from Gil Scott-Heron, forty years after his first solo album, is a cause for major celebration and something that the world needs now more than ever. - amazon.com
"I’m New Here" is a shock. It’s a wallop filled with big nasty beats, a wide range of sonic atmospheres, and more — sometimes unintentional - autobiographical intimacy than we’ve heard from Gil Scott - Heron than ever before. Produced by XL Recordings head Richard Russell, "I’m New Here" is his first record in 16 years. It is a scant 28 minutes and doesn’t need to be a second longer. It’s unlike anything he’s previously recorded, though there is metaphoric precedence in his earliest, largely spoken-word, albums. Its production pushes forcefully at the margins and Scott-Heron embraces it without a hint of nostalgia. - allmusic.com
TRACKS: 01. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 1) 02. Me And The Devil 03. I'm New Here 04. Your Soul And Mine 05. Parents (Interlude) 06. I'll Take Care Of You 07. Being Blessed (interlude) 08. Where Did The Night Go 09. I Was Guided (Interlude) 10. New York Is Killing Me 11. Certain Things (Interlude) 12. Running 13. The Crutch 14. I've Been Me (Interlude) 15. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 2)
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