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  • Summary: Poet, musician, and singer/songwriter Gil Scott-Heron is one of the most influential progenitors of hip-hop music. Such artists as Kanye West, Mos Def, Black Star, and Air have sampled his work. Now, the poet returns with his first album in 15 years released on XL Recordings.
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  1. I’m New Here is an outstanding album and one of beauty and substance and for the first time in fifteen years, Scott-Heron is back.
  2. His voice a weathered and worn device, there are facets to his personality that seem to make this album work, when otherwise its disjointed presentation would seem haphazard or pasted together. It’s also very short, clocking in at shy of thirty minutes despite its fifteen tracks.
  3. It may just be his best record. I’m New Here manages to pack a lifetime’s worth of artistic growth in one completely unobtrusive half-hour.
  4. His first album in more than 15 years sees him back atr the musical vanguard--thanks in large part to XL boss and producer, Richard Russell, whose arrangements brilliantly frame the 60-year-old's rich burr and terse street poetry with brooding electronica and stark blues handclaps. [Mar 2010, p.106]
  5. This is one of the things that makes I'm New Here such a masterfully stark album. The music is darker, more mechanical than the jazz-inflected backing he used in the '70s, he exhibits few of the tendencies of the genres he helped influence.
  6. I'm New Here is an album that is best appreciated as a whole, under optimum conditions, when you can really absorb what he is saying. It's worth your time and your money, and stands proudly among the better works in Gil Scott-Heron's large and impressive discography.
  7. I’m New Here is a thin affair—musically weak and lyrically narrow.

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