Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx - We're New Here
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2011 Ratings: #97 / 964
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Based on 147 ratings
2011 Ratings: #101
Liked by 3 people
February 22, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

The real triumph of We’re New Here is that it doesn’t feel like an album-length remix.

80
Drowned in Sound

While Smith uses this album as an outlet to explore a variety of different styles, importantly he never loses sight of the source material.

80
PopMatters

We’re New Here succeeds because it manages to seamlessly reconcile the different traditions from which it draws.

78
Pitchfork

There's a go-for-it quality to Smith's production that suggests fearlessness over reverence.

PatrickL0419
81
The appropriation of Gil Scott-Heron's vocals in this context shines the spotlight on sonic timbres that may have initially gone overlooked, and sees Jamie xx engaged in his own personal struggle with the timeless themes Heron first illuminated on I'm New Here.
Muratka
83
A M A Z I N G
MinatoArisato
70
A fun and vibrant album where both artists compliment each others sound quite well.

Best Track: I'll Take Care Of U
Worst Track: Piano Player
jtrathe
80
Loving the sonic landscapes built on this record! Gil's voice blends surprisingly well with jamie xx's backdrops.
PitchforkClone
78
The xx producer and percussionist Jamie Smith takes a stab at recontextualizing Gil Scott-Heron's excellent 2010 album, I'm New Here.

Gil Scott-Heron's 2010 album, I'm New Here, was his first of original material in 16 years and best in three decades. But though it was a joyful return to the living for the once-homeless recovering addict and pivotal figure of pre-South Bronx talking blues, the album is defined by pallor. It's grim stuff, built around Scott-Heron's ashes-to-ashes baritone and ... read more
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Track List

  1. I'm New Here 
  2. Home 
  3. I've Been Me (Interlude) 
  4. Running 
  5. My Cloud 
  6. Certain Things (Interlude) 
  7. The Crutch 
  8. Ur Soul and Mine 
  9. Parents (Interlude) 
  10. Piano Player 
  11. NY Is Killing Me 
  12. Jazz (Interlude)
  13. I'll Take Care Of U
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