Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here (2010)

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Three tracks in and so good so far. It's already gone from spoken word over a washed out bit of "Flashing Lights" to George Clinton warbling over industrial sludge to talking blues folk.

pugwant (The Reverend), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 07:48 (ten years ago) link

What's he been doing for the last however long he's been away from music? (Wikipedia says Spirits came out in 1994, dang!)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 07:52 (ten years ago) link

Oh, I see there was some jail time. Oops.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 07:53 (ten years ago) link

According to one song title, in a very Sly-esque answer, he's been him.

surfboard rock gets hyped up, totally (The Reverend), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 07:56 (ten years ago) link

OMG "New York Is Killing Me" is so fucking good.

surfboard rock gets hyped up, totally (The Reverend), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 07:57 (ten years ago) link

For those who haven't seen/heard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbZVdj_d62M

surfboard rock gets hyped up, totally (The Reverend), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 07:59 (ten years ago) link

is it released or is this a promo? I'm going to wait to buy it. man I'm gonna buy two. so stoked.

Lee Dorrian Gray (J0hn D.), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 09:04 (ten years ago) link

I am so excited to hear this. That clips sounds like the last Portishead album!

Body Butter (a hoy hoy), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 09:07 (ten years ago) link

(only gonna buy 1 copy for now though.)

Body Butter (a hoy hoy), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 09:08 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, New York Is Killing Me is astonishing. Even though it's pretty short, with as many interludes as actual tracks, I think it's one of the best-crafted comeback albums I've heard.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:32 (ten years ago) link

looking forward to this, though not sure i wanted a trip hop album from GSH

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:48 (ten years ago) link

Anybody heard the live concert on Wolfgangs vaunt from the 'Bridges' period...absolutely sublime...

sonnyboy, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 14:45 (ten years ago) link

Will listen to this on way home today, as my commute equals about the running time of the record! Yay!

mojitos (a cocktail) (Cave17Matt), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 15:54 (ten years ago) link

is it released or is this a promo? I'm going to wait to buy it. man I'm gonna buy two. so stoked.

― Lee Dorrian Gray (J0hn D.), Wednesday, January 13, 2010 1:04 AM Bookmark

leaked

surfboard rock gets hyped up, totally (The Reverend), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:55 (ten years ago) link

not sure i wanted a trip hop album from GSH

― titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:48 AM Bookmark

you do realize that describes like 2 songs on this at most?

surfboard rock gets hyped up, totally (The Reverend), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 20:04 (ten years ago) link

i didnt, as ive not heard it yet, but cool.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 23:18 (ten years ago) link

Thanks for posting this Rev - first I heard of it. Very very glad GSH has been able to get it back together enough to put out a new album.

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 14 January 2010 03:11 (ten years ago) link

is George Clinton on the album?

m0stlyClean, Thursday, 14 January 2010 03:46 (ten years ago) link

Naw, Gil just sounds like GC on one song.

Lt. Colonel JOHN NAGL (The Reverend), Thursday, 14 January 2010 03:54 (ten years ago) link

this is so great - the material's so strong

schlump, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:36 (ten years ago) link

very curious to hear this.

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 16 January 2010 03:44 (ten years ago) link

leaked

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Saturday, 16 January 2010 15:30 (ten years ago) link

you think so?

stupid fruity crazy swag crew jumpin in yo thread (The Reverend), Saturday, 16 January 2010 23:24 (ten years ago) link

new york is spoooooky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OET8SVAGELA

supra-max (ice cr?m), Sunday, 17 January 2010 23:40 (ten years ago) link

cosigning love for this album

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Sunday, 17 January 2010 23:41 (ten years ago) link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/8362518.stm

A worrying interview, because he's still crackhead twitchy -- nevertheless it's startling how much he has left, but then again he always had way more brains and talent than anybody else.

Needs better dentures, though.

Three Word Username, Monday, 18 January 2010 08:55 (ten years ago) link

crackheads deserve to make records too.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Monday, 18 January 2010 11:16 (ten years ago) link

except pete doherty.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Monday, 18 January 2010 11:16 (ten years ago) link

really loving this album

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Monday, 18 January 2010 15:25 (ten years ago) link

hadn't dawned on me how specifically mezzanine some of this lp is, cf the crutch. i'm not mad on the production but i love the record nonetheless.

schlump, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:09 (ten years ago) link

hadn't dawned on me how specifically mezzanine some of this lp is

lets cut to the chase, is it better than grace jones comeback album, hurrican, that dug into the moody dark trip hop groove ?
from the clips up there, i would say this could be a strong contender ...

mark e, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:12 (ten years ago) link

The first of these was Small Talk at 125th and Lennox, a kind of oral blog from the projects, which included a stirring call to action entitled The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, a phrase which has since entered the language.

dude was podcastin before anyone

supra-max (ice cr?m), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 01:34 (ten years ago) link

aforementioned crutch song also sounds a little like any scene in 24 when a helicopter takes off/lands

schlump, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:06 (ten years ago) link

u_u at the "oral blog" line

i'd look psychotic in a baklava (The Reverend), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:06 (ten years ago) link

Why aren't we all talking about this? It's streaming here http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/feb/02/gil-scott-heron-new-here and can be *found* in the usual places.

Popture, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 12:42 (ten years ago) link

I'm waiting to buy it tbh.

brrrrrrrrrrrrrt_stanton (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 2 February 2010 13:23 (ten years ago) link

the usual places

you don't mean that abominable place called internet, do you?

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 13:26 (ten years ago) link

As a nod to the past, we also have a whole extra disc full of Gil performing versions of some of his classic songs on piano, which might serve to lead people to his existing body of work.

from an interview with his producer here

interestingly he mentions sitting down w/gil and playing him some smog and some other things; i hadn't thought of it as such a kinda rubin-esque curatorial thing.

Norman Mail (schlump), Saturday, 6 February 2010 00:33 (ten years ago) link

His late period Scott Walker album. Pretty amazing, hope we can get a couple more LPs before he goes.

ian zamboni, Saturday, 6 February 2010 03:59 (ten years ago) link

This is great - along with all the other things people have mentioned, reminds me a little of Alan Vega, beat poetry over looming industrial throb. Couldn't be anyone else but GSH in the end, though.

Soukesian, Saturday, 6 February 2010 09:01 (ten years ago) link

Mark: It's not comparable. It's more like his Johnny Cash: American III. But even then nowhere near close.

I mean it sounds more like Gonja Sufi or a King Midas Sound demo than Hurricane. It's very, very good. Out on its own.

Doran, Saturday, 6 February 2010 12:05 (ten years ago) link

listened to this yesterday. weird as hell. I like it.

Altoids for your vagina. (Curt1s Stephens), Saturday, 6 February 2010 19:42 (ten years ago) link

The title track is very beautiful.

HerbertFifteen, Sunday, 7 February 2010 00:11 (ten years ago) link

this sounds pretty good. think the whatchamacallits of time have added a quality to his singing voice, kinda like dylan on World Gone Wrong or that callous dude who said he preferred john prine post-throat cancer.

does anyone find that the interludes are kind of annoying not in themselves but in that they sort of ham up the American Recordings "old hero not only still alive but making decent stuff" impression. would like to hear the songs make their own context.

chronicles of radric (zvookster), Sunday, 7 February 2010 17:10 (ten years ago) link

his father was the first black person to play for Celtic F.C. Also, Pope John Paul, David Icke, and Albert Camus were all soccer goalkeepers.

themoreyouknow.jpg

chronicles of radric (zvookster), Sunday, 7 February 2010 19:05 (ten years ago) link

you forgot julio iglesias and nabokov even though gil heron wasn't a goalie

this record good and I can imagine it getting better

conrad, Thursday, 11 February 2010 20:58 (ten years ago) link

does every song sound on this album sound like the "the wire" theme or just 'me and the devil'?

united arab amirites (samosa gibreel), Friday, 12 February 2010 03:22 (ten years ago) link

hahaha fantastic

"'I was less the keeper of a goal than the keeper of a secret,' wrote Nabokov, who was to bring the notion of the dodgy guardian into still higher relief with his most famous book."

zvookster, Friday, 12 February 2010 03:25 (ten years ago) link

so wait has it not been like decades since this dude put out an album?

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 12 February 2010 03:28 (ten years ago) link

16 years, bub

GRIZZLY! GRRR! GRRR! So Indie Entertaaaaiiiinmeeent! (The Reverend), Friday, 12 February 2010 03:35 (ten years ago) link

this and the grinderman album are the most interesting discs in reaction to -- or bristling against the idea of -- getting older that i've heard in a long time.

two of the best discs of the year imo.

Daniel, Esq., Friday, 26 November 2010 14:39 (nine years ago) link

i cant decide how much i 'really like this' vs. 'sounds like a moby rmx album'

challop and a muff (deej), Friday, 26 November 2010 18:44 (nine years ago) link

I like this, and yes the production sounds like a Moby remix.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 November 2010 17:22 (nine years ago) link

But I'm not sure this is up to the standards of Gil Scott from way back (and Daniel, I'm not sure that Grinderman is up to the standards of the Birthday Party)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 November 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link

both albums connect to the middle-aged guy in me (tho I was never a fan of TBP).

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 27 November 2010 17:54 (nine years ago) link

So there's a Jamie xx remix record of this out in Feb.:

We're New Here:

01 I'm New Here
02 Home
03 I've Been Me (Interlude)
04 Running
05 My Cloud
06 Certain Things (Interlude)
07 The Crutch
08 Ur Soul and Mine
09 Parents (Interlude)
10 Piano Player
11 NY Is Killing Me
12 Jazz (Interlude)
13 I'll Take Care Of U

Simon H., Monday, 29 November 2010 16:33 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I was gonna see him Thursday night in DC (he was scheduled to be in town through Sunday for 2 shows a night at small cozy Blues Alley) but he just cancelled due to "illness"

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 December 2010 22:16 (nine years ago) link

pretty sure the guy has an "illness", but uh huh that sucks. a friend just saw him and got talking to a guy who'd gone to see him five times ... and had never seen him.

dick roach (schlump), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 22:34 (nine years ago) link

he should do a tour with Sly

from the lowly milligeir to the mighty gigahongro (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 22:35 (nine years ago) link

they could both get paid and no one would have to show up!

from the lowly milligeir to the mighty gigahongro (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 22:35 (nine years ago) link

at least sly's been doing that since the 70s

Babylon and zing (stevie), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 23:48 (nine years ago) link

So there's a Jamie xx remix record of this out in Feb.:

oh i heard this, it's ok then it gets really great at the end

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Wednesday, 15 December 2010 23:59 (nine years ago) link

with a rui da silva sample, no less

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:00 (nine years ago) link

Sad and pissed off that this album isn't on more year end lists.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:31 (nine years ago) link

DJ Crudderz was saying something similar today!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:12 (nine years ago) link

Yes - not sure if it's because people really think that it shouldn't make their top ten, or whether it's just faded into the mists of time thanks to its early 2010 release...? Either way, yes, sad about the lack of love for GSH.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:47 (nine years ago) link

it's made several magazines' EOY lists. personally, it faded away for me and i didn't end up going back to it much - one of those records i admire more than love.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:46 (nine years ago) link

Reviewing the remix album (which I love) sent me back to I'm New Here. What there is of it is so good I feel like it should be Top 10 but then it just stops - there's not enough there, especially given the fact there were other good session tracks that only appeared on the vinyl version. But it is damn good.

The baby boomers have defined everything once and for all (Dorianlynskey), Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:35 (nine years ago) link

i was really sceptical about the remix album - kind of like, it has good beats and good sounds, but i didn't really see the point of it - it almost seemed a bit cynical. why remix that particular album other than that the idea is a critical banker and you're on the same label? what does it add to the original album? the original was dark, moody, menacing; so is the remix album. and for a lot of it, the music wasn't quite good enough to justify it. then it got really really amazing in the last 15 minutes, so, yeah.

couldn't help but compare it to the cassie remix compilation that local action has just released though (producers inc altered natives, slackk, 8bitch, brackles, lunice, jacques greene taking on various cassie songs) - that feels like an actual labour of love for a one-hit-wonder babydiva that most of the rest of the world has forgotten. rather than a bid for cred set up by a record label that doesn't actually take too many risks.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:42 (nine years ago) link

it was funny going to the playback though, all these very serious young men looking very serious and occasionally nodding their head, and then that vague ripple of confusion when the rui da silva sample came in, and you could tell none of 'em recognised it.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:44 (nine years ago) link

Have you heard it since the playback? The subtlety grows on you, like the way he sets up a dialogue between Gil and Gloria Gaynor on I'm New Here. And I love the Burial-style ghosts-of-rave vibe that he applies to deep house and mid-90s drum'n'bass. I agree that the motive might have been a little cynical but I honestly think it stands up as a companion piece to the original.

The baby boomers have defined everything once and for all (Dorianlynskey), Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:06 (nine years ago) link

i haven't, must remember to ask for a copy. yeah i expect it will grow on me, i didn't dislike any of it, it's just...a companion piece is all it is, y'know? a curio. when - going by what the various members of the xx have done together and individually - i think it could have been a lot more surprising and risky than just reworking one of the year's most critically acclaimed albums with a different sonic palette but broadly similar mood. i'm sure i will like it, it just seems like the safest thing jamie xx could have done to announce his solo career.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Thursday, 16 December 2010 13:37 (nine years ago) link

i wonder if the record's suffering critically because it doesn't sound as good as a lot of the content on there. the production doesn't really add a lot. the material on the record, the poems especially, is stronger than the lp versions imo.

dick roach (schlump), Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:25 (nine years ago) link

I find your take on it a bit cynical Lex, especially since you've only heard it once... I think it's a brilliant album and I didn't feel that way the first two or three times I heard it. "The point" is that its much more coherent and contemporary than the original, which does Gil Scott Heron quite a large favour.

Martinclark, Saturday, 18 December 2010 18:28 (nine years ago) link

I haven't heard the remix yet, and am wondering what you mean about it being "more coherent" than the original?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 December 2010 18:55 (nine years ago) link

And by "contemporary" do you mean that it sounds newer than triphop?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 December 2010 18:57 (nine years ago) link

i dont see the point of the remix album - of all the people, why jamie xx? its like those generally pointless modern remix albums of old motown or verve vaults or whatever. id rather hear a live version of the album.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Sunday, 19 December 2010 18:44 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

stream of the new remix album: http://bit.ly/1shUwb

borntohula, Friday, 4 February 2011 02:46 (nine years ago) link

Someone could put together the best of the remix stuff with almost all of the original album, plus the vinyl-only tracks, and you'd have a seriously excellent album.

the most cuddlesome bug that ever was borned (James Morrison), Friday, 4 February 2011 04:37 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

Listening to “We’re New Again- A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven. Not bad . Although listening to it after just hearing songs Pieces of a Man, Your Daddy Loves You, and Home is Where the Hatred Is, makes me sad how his health disintegrated

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 February 2020 03:59 (eight months ago) link

Although on second thought the comeback vocals are still pretty good, despite the more limited range

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 February 2020 04:02 (eight months ago) link

Maybe some of you are talking about this on the rolling jazz thread where McCraven gets discussed

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 February 2020 15:39 (eight months ago) link

it's been briefly mentioned. I actually wanted to start a dedicated McCraven thread, but I've been super busy and have only managed to listen to the GSH project once. I quite liked it, but must admit I'd never heard the original.

rob, Friday, 21 February 2020 15:47 (eight months ago) link

Bill Callahan must be amazed at how far "I'm New Here" has traveled via Gil.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 16:43 (eight months ago) link

Yes. I had forgotten that his 2005 song was covered on the 2010 GSH album.

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 February 2020 17:04 (eight months ago) link

And now the 2020 mix of it

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 February 2020 17:05 (eight months ago) link

and the Jamie XX rework before that!

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 17:06 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

This album of reworkings is actually really good.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:20 (six months ago) link

it is

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 April 2020 04:04 (six months ago) link

Like I love Spirits, but this new one feels like that vibe perfected.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 24 April 2020 11:01 (six months ago) link

Love the Mcraven reworking, I still the original record but GSH just seems to fit in better with these arrangements, a couple of times I could have believed it was the Midnight Band

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 24 April 2020 15:42 (six months ago) link

Exactly. It totally nails classic period GSH. The slight revisit of "Did You Hear What They Said?" would have stolen the show if it were a bit longer.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 25 April 2020 00:01 (six months ago) link

Maybe the Makaya McCraven revisit has made me a little more receptive to it, but going back to the Jamie xx remix album this morning has been fun. It does feel a little slight by comparison in hindsight, but enjoyable nonetheless. Also wild to think that Drake had yet another massive hit thanks in part to the album.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:41 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

GSH is someone I’ve fallen for hard the past few years. But listening to this album and the two remixed versions bums me out. Classic Gil was a multitudinous fountain of anger and grief but also LOVE and community and family. His voice and words were so strong and true (I mean yeah he wasn’t the greatest singer but his VOICE if you know what I mean).

So to hear him sound kind of messed up and incoherent, and knowing about his problems since the 80s, it was sort of shocking. Definitely can’t hear it like his other works, it’s more like checking in on and old friend who used to be a bold beacon of light and has been beaten down by the same bullshit he once so lucidly lamented decades ago. Is it a Rick Rubin Johnny Cash type of thing?

idk I have feelings

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:13 (two weeks ago) link

interested in your thought Austin cuz I know yet a big fan of him too

brimstead, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:14 (two weeks ago) link

checking in on and old friend who used to be a bold beacon of light and has been beaten down by the same bullshit he once so lucidly lamented decades ago

Would reckon that that's exactly what it is — and it began on Spirits, which I recommend. Maybe not highly, but I would say it's probably his most unfairly overlooked work. There was at least a bit of optimism still in him at that point (and a rare collaboration with a hiphop artist in Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest). Yet, the centerpiece of the album is a fifteen minute update of "Home is Where the Hatred Is" — oof. I think endless touring, the lifestyle that goes along with that, and the fact that he knew he was an addict who simply could not stay away really took a toll on him in his last twenty or so years. Also: jail time very much towards the end of a person's life can't be good for their mental health. I think part of the appeal of the I'm New Here (and related) material is that it's so nakedly personal. It's got to be soul crushing to simultaneously realize: your career is pretty much over, your voice is shot, and it's mostly your own fault for that. To me it makes sense that the things he had to say at that point were very loosely related (if at all) to the things he had talked about in the past. So it also makes sense that it's unlike his work from the 70s and early 80s and I often consider his discography the work of three different entities: 1) the early years where it was just him wanting to be a poet and orator 2) the Brian Jackson years where he got to work with an equal, musically speaking, to his articulating abilities (i.e. his "classic period") and finally 3) the late 80s until the end where he was seemingly too cynical to even take himself seriously anymore. Is it unfortunate, dour, and ultimately kind of sad? Probably so, yes. But, just as he did when he felt passionately about something in his youth, he talked about it in profound and upsetting ways. It's just that, at that point, what he felt so passionately about was his disappointment — not in the world, but in himself. And I don't know, call me a masochist I guess, but I find that there's something appealing in his willingness to be so unabashedly open about who he was and why he was.

Is it the greatest music ever? Not really, no. But it does have certain rewarding insights, to be certain.

Also, yes: I've always loved the sound of his voice. Call me a blasphemer or whatever, but I always assumed that, if one does exist and that He is a he. . . that it's what god's voice would sound like.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

I read the biography by Marcus Baram to try to understand this decline. Even when you read his history step-by-step, it still remains a mystery. Starting as a drug-free youth, his addictions slowly grew over the years until they overran his career and his life.

The closest thing to self-awareness depicted in the book is when he tells a late-period girlfriend that seeing him the way he was then, she doesn't really know him.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 19:22 (two weeks ago) link

great post Austin.

that nyt or new yorker piece on him circa this album was grim and powerful. An ex-colleague used to work at the Jazz Cafe in London when he'd play there regular, and his stories of Gil's unreliability, unpleasantness and general disolution were bleak.

Walter Draggedman (stevie), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

Bleak is indeed a good word for it; and I would say for his last two studio albums as well. That "final act" period in an addict's life where they will talk openly and maybe too candidly about who they are and what they rely on to get them through their days. It's something that I've sadly seen up close and to know that one of my musical heroes was reduced to that is definitely upsetting.

I did something that I don't ever recall doing before or since when reading one of his interviews in the 2000s. He was being asked about his recent run-ins with the law, which of course were substance related, and he interrupted the interviewer mid-question to ask his own question: "Look man, do you like to party? Do you like to have a good time?" I closed the newspaper (or magazine, whatever it was) and never finished reading the interview. In fact, even at this point, I've removed the memory from my brain so much that I don't even know why he was being interviewed at that point — upcoming shows, new music, a PR piece in the face of his legal issues? Don't know. I will acknowledge that it happened, but I'd rather not think about specifics, for the exact reason that it didn't seem like the GSH talking that I thought I knew.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:32 (two weeks ago) link

His choice and performance of covers seem to get past any problems with originals: covers are self-expressive w/o making it too real for him, maybe that's why so many brief originals---he stops when he feels that he has to, for whatever reason.
What I said on What Are You Listening To:
Still haven't heard the original album, or Jamie xx's reworking, but the unmistakable sound and sensibility of classic Gil come through: sharp, reflective glints in the dark, rough-edged a fluid, lyrical and realist, searching and on point, thematic and grooving---jazzwise, yet "blues is a feeling" the overall. Only thing is, some of the originals are really short, like down to 37 seconds: golden kernals of potential and realization---McCraven is def. not showboating, but I wish he extended these--maybe he was required to stick to the original track times? I'd like a bit more---more like---Laswell redoing Marley and Miles?? Anyway, it's all good, though faves are mostly because they have longer to make an impression: "New York is Killing Me," "I'll Take Care of You," "Me and the Devil"--yes, Scott-Heron and Robert Johnson and Mr. D. on the Greyhoud, seems natural. Speaking voice is worn but clear, singing voice not that different from 70s.

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