We're New Here - Gil Scott-Heron

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    The real triumph of We're New Here is that it doesn't feel like an album-length remix. Instead, it's a collaboration done the way Scott-Heron's best team-ups always are: after the fact, with time to consider the everlasting gravity of the man's words and wisdom.
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    It's not merely a rehash of the original, but a cohesive, considered masterpiece in its own right.
  3. The snatches of Scott-Heron's voice, cracked for sure but deeper than night nonetheless, delivers it from callow generalization and foregone conclusion.
  4. Feb 28, 2011
    We're New Here is a psychedelic atlas with which we can all sonically voyage upon. A great way to start the year.
  5. 83
    Scott-Heron's raspy vocals anchor Smith's spectral diddlings; the results on We're New Here are pleasantly moody.
  6. Apr 28, 2011
    There's a great danger in finding beauty in suffering, but this album takes that risk and reaps great dividends. [Mar 2011, p.54]
  7. Apr 6, 2011
    Hip-hop originator meets Mercury-winning button-pusher du jour. [MArch 2011, p. 108]
  8. Mar 28, 2011
    It could easily stand on its own without Scott-Heron's raspy vocals, but it's the interplay between his world-weary lyrics and Smith's youthful enthusiasm that makes this an essential companion piece to the original.
  9. Mar 16, 2011
    So from no albums in 13 years to two high quality long players in the space of six months - the star of Gil Scott-Heron is very much in the ascendency again, his influence on today's culture thrown into ever greater relevance by one of its finest new producers. It's that rare thing--a properly fine remix album.
  10. Mar 8, 2011
    Ultimately, We're New Here succeeds because it manages to seamlessly reconcile the different traditions from which it draws-not just Gil Scott Heron's uttering utterances, but UK Garage, the fibrous gloss of Seventeen Seconds-era The Cure, and R&B futurism.
  11. 80
    Scott-Heron's voice sounds just as prime as it did last year, except this time around Smith has adorned the versions with added beats, synths and keyboards for a fuller, richer sound.
  12. Mar 1, 2011
    Fallen street poet gets remixed by rising street urchin. Result: comeback complete. [March 2011]
  13. Mar 1, 2011
    The result is deep, it's broadly imaginative, it's tightly focused, and it's utterly essential.
  14. Feb 23, 2011
    [Jamie xx] accomplishes a difficult task in successfully (re)presenting Scott-Heron's music -- integrity intact -- in the present tense to a fickle yet discerning groove-centric culture without kitsch or excess.
  15. Feb 22, 2011
    To its great credit it's high and low and all over the place. The dislocation works: the record has patience and breadth and almost zero pretension.
  16. Feb 18, 2011
    If I'm New Here was a triumph for Russell and Scott-Heron, We're New Here reveals a maverick production talent in Jamie Smith that his band's records have only hinted at. [Mar 2011, p.95]
  17. Feb 18, 2011
    While Smith uses this album as an outlet to explore a variety of different styles, importantly he never loses sight of the source material. Even so, in paying tribute to a great artist, Jamie XX has laid significant claims to being deserving of that title himself.
  18. Feb 18, 2011
    Throughout, Scott's old-soul narratives are reborn through Smith's atmospheric beats.
  19. Gone are the old voices of the city, the tales of the Wu-Tang and the sense that there is real struggle or strife. Instead it's a heterogeneous mix of international talent devoted less to teaching lessons or passing down wisdom as it is to making twenty-somethings dance.
  20. Feb 22, 2011
    The residue of death that lingers on I'm New Here is wiped clean from We're New Here. It's replaced with brightness, an energy, and a historical milieu.
  21. Feb 22, 2011
    The duo lends each other gravitas and levity on this very curious but ultimately immersive LP.
  22. Mar 31, 2011
    While it may not attain the dizzy heights of I'm New Here, Smith's deftness ensures that We're New Here is far more than just a vanity project
  23. Mar 25, 2011
    The result is the best of both artists: Scott-Heron's spine-tingling, cracked timeless spoken word delivery, The xx's thoughtful, well-paced current studio trickery.
  24. 70
    So We're New Here isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it showcases a producer so in love with the music of now that he not only preserves the power of his source material, but makes it more relevant.
  25. Feb 18, 2011
    So strength meets strength on this unusual album-length remix, as Smith's skittering beats and ghostly soul divas put Scott-Heron right where he belongs: in the future.
  26. Mar 9, 2011
    What you read is what you get here: an album full of small Scott-Heron samples bolstered by production from a member of the xx. Nothing more, nothing less.
  27. 60
    It's a dub reimagining that takes the material further out, into a soundscape whose fractured dubstep tones, sped-up samples and drum'n'bass beats only occasionally work in its favour.
  28. Apr 4, 2011
    While We're New Here is spooky, it's more chill-out mix than futuristic minimal-rave, and comes as a less interesting culture-clash than, say, The Dirtbombs doing covers of Detroit techno songs.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 7, 2013
    Jamie xx's singles and remixes are catchy, quirky and intelligent, and even genius at times, but after the first listen can become sadly forgettable. However, some of Jamie xx's tracks are absolute headphone gems, and will most likely stay on your iPod for eternity. Full Review »
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    This is a very complex album with a lot of depth. A little depressing at points, the album is consistently groovy, and the mix of Gil's spoken word and great production gives the album a jazzy, gritty, urban feel. Highly recommended. Full Review »
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    Simply put, this is genius. There is so much you can say. It deserves to be heard. Not only does it deserve to be heard, it lives and breathes. Jamie xx builds on the explosion of British dubstep by melding Gil Scott Heron's poetry with awkward alternative aesthetics that call on you to abandon your perception of music as functional for purpose. The truth is this album is worth much more than the $13 dollars it cost to buy your download, especially if you fully understand musical composition, production and engineering (or in fact, general artistry). Put simply this is high end art and some artists have been known to sell for $20 mil. 100/100 Full Review »