AOTY 2020
Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven - We're New Again - A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven
We're New Again - A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven
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Itachi
100
I just can't get enough of this tasteful mix of jazz and soul and poetry and that voice! This is the first time I felt motivated to weigh in with a rating and review here. I didn't want to spend a lot of time deciding on a number so I just went all in.
That track, 'Where did the night go'? It feels like he wrote that about me! If I'm up too late tonight, it's his fault. Mostly McCraven's fault for bringing him back to my attention with such a fine groovy sound.
If you aren't familiar with ... read more
Goldie
90
This was my first experience with any version of Gil Scott-Heron's record. I fell instantly in love after the first listen, masterful work of poetry and rhythm. I will listen to the other versions of this record and compare, it will be interesting if they top this one.
Whynot
85
How brave and full of confidence (or stupidity) do you need to be to try reimagining "I'm New Here" (2010)? I mean, there are thousands of shitty albums out there to try to do something new with them, but no, you decided to choose one of the perfect ones. Ok, it is not an easy task, but let's be honest, McCraven proved his point, He took this perfect album and gave us something new, his own vision of the last Scott-Heron record.

But, even when you need to recognize McCraven did a ... read more
WittyMiky
85
relisten
Edit: this is better than i thought
GabrielDiablo
84
Very good
MasterCrackfox
82
Having listened to Gil Scott-Heron's final album, I'm New Here, it's hard to imagine how that album could be matched with a reimagining. The trip-hop, acoustic and soul throughout that album is mixed in such an engaging way and to imagine those songs sounding different is a difficult task. How exactly would such freshly made songs be altered in a successful way? Makaya McCraven pays tribute here by not only recreating the sound of Scott-Heron but interweaving completely new elements and sounds ... read more
AllShallParish
82
I have never been into Jazz or really anything like it, but this hit. The super tight drum work, Scott-Heron's super warbly voice that kind of reminds me of Tom Waits with a bit more spunk, and the super soulful affectation the whole album puts on made for a super accessible, funky nu-jazz listen that I will definitely be returning to.
80
Fav Tracks: I´m New Here; New York Is Killing me; Where Did the Night Go.
80
Good, but I like the original more.
gabe5inko_music
80
it's so musically above what i'm used to that i don't feel qualified to give an opinion. enjoyed it though
DukeEman
80
Funk in the poetry as Makaya tells it like it is in the harsh world of reality...
MagnetoJenkins
80
I get when people (*cough* Fantano) say this takes from the energy of the original album. But I think the point here is to totally re-imagine it. Sounds beautiful to me. I can see why Gil fans might be turned off by this, yet I think you enjoy this album more if you go into it without the past in mind.
Sigh99
80
★★★★☆
SonicDiscovery
75
Gil Scott-Heron is a music legend that is no longer with us, but throughout his artistic career he created impactful soul, jazz and was best known for his spoken-word performance, which have many crediting him as a forebear to the hip hop scene to come. He released his final studio album I’m New Here back in 2010 and that album received tons of acclaim, along with a remix version by Jamie xx in 2011 and now jazz bandleader Makaya McCraven brings new life into the recording with his latest ... read more
JayCrackers
74
A very good tribute by Makaya McCraven to a legend and one of his best albums but I prefer the original but this still an enjoyable record was handled with care and passion

Track Review

Special Tribute - (Broken Home Pt. 1) 7/10
I'n New Here 7.5/10
Running 8/10
Blessed Parents 7/10
New York Is Killing Me 7.5/10
The Patch - (Broken Home pt. 2) 7/10
People of the Light 7.5/10
Being Blessed 7/10
Where Did the Night Go 7.5/10
Lil Scott - (Broken Home pt. 3) 7/10
I'll Take Care of You 8/10
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MRusso98
72
We're New Again is a classy Jazz record that greatly pays tribute to a man like Gil Scott-Heron but despite his relatively short length, it fails to entertain for its entirety.

FAVORITE TRACK: The Patch - (Broken Home pt. 2)
Doublez
71
For this review, I take this opportunity to pay homage to a great legend Gil Scott Heron as much artistically as humanly, a great poet and singer. He offered us excellent works, especially in the 70s, and he's a bit our first rapper in history. God knows how important hip hop is to me.

So how do we approach and what do we think of a new re-imagining of the incredible album I'm New Here: First of all, I'd like to say that the tribute is very successful. In my opinion it's impossible to do only ... read more
guilhermepenno
70
It's a nice reimagination.
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Rec Tracks:
Me and the Devil
Can I take Care of You
MontanaB
65
So it's like a remix album but with Jazz? Neat!
GelatoM0
63
[62.92] I see to it that I've never been an actual jazz fan, though this peaks some of my interests as it involves multiple genres. The narrator, which is the first title that comes to mind, seals the atmosphere of what could be great studying or cafe music. I enjoyed tipping my toes in the water in this one, though I don't see it in my future diving into this specific sound. It lacks something that I need in other music.

Cool - I'll Take Care of You, This Can't Be Real, Me and the Devil

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User_01
60
Let Scott rest in peace for God's sake! Jamie xx has done his part with a good mix and that's enough. this album is totally unnecessary. Yes, I heard the entire album "Reimagining" and it's S ks.
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspired
amygoodall
60
good
Porza9
60
Nunca fui de escuchar jazz, debe de ser uno de los únicos discos que haya escuchado del género (puramente, y creo que ni siquiera cuenta como puro-jazz); puedo decir que me gustó todo lo musical pero también que no es mi estilo. Todo lo que tiene que ver con la voz y las partes habladas para mí estorbaba un poco y, si bien es lo que le da entidad al disco en cierto aspecto, también opaca un poco la musicalización; sacándole protagonismo al ... read more
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