We're New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven Image
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  • Artist(s): Makaya McCraven
  • Summary: The final release of Gil Scott-Heron is reimagined by Makaya McCraven with contributions from Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, as well as samples from Agnes Zimondi and the Stephen McCraven Quartet.
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  1. Feb 7, 2020
    90
    Makaya McCraven breathes new life into not only the album but Scott-Heron’s legacy.
  2. Uncut
    Feb 5, 2020
    90
    Opening up the album to new ideas and interpretations without obscuring the man himself. [Mar 2020, p.35]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Feb 20, 2020
    80
    McCraven lays down a lush musical backdrop that allows Scott-Heron’s words to have emotional impact.
  7. 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.

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