Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here
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UK release date 08.02.2010
The Godfather of Rap returns from Rikers island and produces a stark, naked album where once again Gil cuts to the chase with a mixture of poetry set to sparse electronica and some choice covers. His first album for 16 years sees Gil in an ever reflective mood such as the poignant "I Come From A Broken home" and the metaphorical message of "Where Did The Night Go".
HIs soulful version of Bobby Bland's 'I'll Take Care Of You', like life itself is ever so short. His take on Robert Johnson's 'Me And The Devil' is truly haunting and will send shivers down your back - set amongst a hypnotic backbeat of trip hop that sounds like the prodigal son hijacking a Massive Attack recording session.
This album sees the poet exercising a long awaited catharsis, the constant battle between intellect versus weakness. Gil rationalises his fight and judging by the rawness displayed, the demons that have tortured this special artist for so long, may finally be on the wane.
His new album offers a lifeline to the remerging soulful rover... It's good to see the old man back and right on track!
Words Emrys Baird