Artist Gil Scott Heron I’m New Here Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

1 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 1. 1 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 1. 2 Me And The Devil. 2 Me And The Devil. 3 I’m New Here. 3 I’m New Here. 4 Your Soul And Mine. 4 Your Soul And Mine. 5 Parents (Interlude). 5 Parents (Interlude). 6 I’ll Take Care Of You. 6 I’ll Take Care Of You. 7 Being Blessed (Interlude). 7 Being Blessed (Interlude). 8 Where Did The Night Go. 8 Where Did The Night Go. 9 I Was Guided (Interlude). 9 I Was Guided (Interlude). 10 New York Is Killing Me. 10 New York Is Killing Me. 11 Certain Things (Interlude). 11 Certain Things (Interlude). 12 Running. 12 Running. 13 The Crutch. 13 The Crutch. 14 I’ve Been Me (Interlude). 14 I’ve Been Me (Interlude). 15 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 2. 15 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 2. I m New Here is a shock. It sa 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. It opens with On Coming from a Broken Home, the first of a two-part poem that bookends the album. Over a piano and a sampled string loop (from Kanye West’s Flashing Lights ), he reflects on his upbringing filled with strong female figures and an unconventional structure, with a startling epiphany at the end. It segues immediately into a slamming read of Robert Johnson’s Me and the Devil, with enormous hip-hop drums, sampled strings, and sonic effects that create a sense of brooding menace as Scott-Heron wails with bracing rawness to hair-raising effect.

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