Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. The Wire
    Mar 3, 2020
    90
    This remake justifies the whole shebang. So perfect is the fit, in fact, that it feels uncannily like Scott-Heron’s sonorous rasp must have been recorded to fit this backing. ... Though often dark, this is both a celebration and a vindication: a truly great album. [Mar 2020, p.56]
  2. Feb 20, 2020
    80
    McCraven lays down a lush musical backdrop that allows Scott-Heron’s words to have emotional impact.
  3. Feb 7, 2020
    80
    It's the work of a master musician/producer paying wonderful tribute to Scott-Heron for sure, but it's also a fully realized McCraven album, chock-full of his instrumental, arrangement, and production prowess. If you didn't know better, you'd swear this was a collaborative date.
  4. Feb 7, 2020
    90
    Makaya McCraven breathes new life into not only the album but Scott-Heron’s legacy.
  5. Feb 7, 2020
    86
    The ability to live with such contradictions and give them life with his words is part of what made Scott-Heron’s work special, and McCraven’s music inhabits that complicated space and keeps its sharp edges intact.
  6. Feb 7, 2020
    80
    By sampling and placing his work within the radical future of Chicago’s jazz scene, McCraven honours Scott-Heron’s memory anew.
  7. Q Magazine
    Feb 5, 2020
    80
    The result is a pitch-perfect homage to the old master, whose voice resonates as powerfully as it did a decade ago. [Mar 2020, p.120]
  8. 90
    With clever twists of post-production, Makaya chops and resamples not only his own band but also choice words and phrases of each stanza, making the poetry a percussive element and drawing out emphasis. A decade after his death, Gil Scot-Heron’s final oeuvre has finally settled into something great.
  9. Uncut
    Feb 5, 2020
    90
    Opening up the album to new ideas and interpretations without obscuring the man himself. [Mar 2020, p.35]
  10. Feb 5, 2020
    80
    What makes We're New Again so fascinating lies in the fact that Makaya McCraven benevolently and sonically recognizes Gil Scott-Heron's grief, joy, and legacy, making sure these vital expressions remain the album's true focus.

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