Gil Scott-Heron: I’m New Here
Gil Scott-Heron’s new album I’m New Here is a project that’s been four years in the making together with independent label XL Recordings. The album touches on many genres, from hip-hop and gospel to dubstep and blues. Above all is the unmistakable sound of Gil Scott-Heron.
‘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.
And the way this voice of his floats over the shifting funk rhythms and the deep jazz, soul and blues melodies that he and his band create is nothing short of sublime. It’s also what enables him to draw you in to the difficult issues he does not shy away from dealing with. His sound is intimate and warm and direct and consequently it is hard to resist being moved and inspired by his message. And he has been consistently relevant whether it be on a personal or political canvas.’ Source