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We're New Here [VINYL]

Gil Scott-Heron, Gil Scott-Heron And Jamie Xx Vinyl
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (21 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B004EC5IW0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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US LP pressing. So what happens when one of the most exciting young producers around reworks one of the most acclaimed albums from a true legend? The result is Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx's We're New Here which sees Jamie xx re-imagining 13 tracks from the original I'm New Here album sessions. In February 2010, Gil Scott-Heron released I'm New Here, his first album in Meanwhile, the last eighteen months have been meteoric for Jamie xx. His band The xx's self titled debut album (which Jamie produced) received huge acclaim, picking up 2010's prestigious Mercury Music Prize, while Jamie garnered respect for his remixes (in particular of Florence & The Machine's 'You've Got The Love' and more recently Adele's Rolling In The Deep) and solo productions (single 'Far Nearer' on Numbers).

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mix of old and new 2 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just so there is no confusion I would like to confirm that I know very little about jazz and soul music but I have developed a taste for some of the excellent musicians creating this work such a GSH. However, I am a huge fan of the xx and their work and I believe that this is another masterpiece. I would not advise anybody looking for another haunting soul album to buy this as it is not and as expected hardcore listeners of soul will and have slammed this album but I think they have misunderstood its intention.

The superb juxtaposition of overlaying the fresh electronic beats with the fantastic voice of GSH has created a new genre of its own and it is a revolution. The album starts with less input from jamie but as it progresses the beats become more noticeable and the whole album feels like a journey through time.

This is a fantastic and I believe successful, attempt at combining two different ages of music into one. The experience of yesterday and the youth of today.

If you are looking for pure soul, don't buy. If you are looking for pop music, don't buy. If you want to hear the most contemporary and superb piece of art of the year then you've come to the right place.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame 15 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
As of 15 May 2011, this album still has, rather unfairly I think, only 3 stars here on Amazon. This is not a 3-star album. It deserves 4 stars at least.

I think something has gone a bit wrong here - Perhaps this album should not have been released or marketed as 'Gil Scott Heron and Jamie xx'?

The problem is that loads of Gil Scott-Heron fans/snobs are mindlessly buying it and not 'getting' the dubstep/electronica bit, then reviewing it as 1 star. Unfortunately for them (but much to my pleasure), the dubstep/electronica bit really takes centre stage here. Don't get me wrong - I am not an 'XX' fan/snob! In fact, I think their first album was a bit over-rated. Thankfully, 'We're new here' only sounds like 'XX' on a couple of occasions (most notably in the last tune 'I'll take care of you').

I'm not entirely sure I would agree with people who say that this is some kind of ground-breaking, genre-defying masterpiece, but it's certainly a really good, compelling dubstep album which flows nicely. Chilled in some parts (like 'My Cloud'), then percussive and dance-y in others ('The Crutch' and 'NY is killing me'), with Scott-Heron's vocals lending themselves nicely to the story of the album as it unfolds.

My tastes in dubstep lean more towards deep/techy stuff like Scuba, Mount Kimbie and 2562, rather than in-your-face, basslines and MCs (ugh). So this album fits perfectly in my collection.

All in all, this album deserves a better score! Four stars? Actually, I think I'll give it five.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love for the late, great Gil. 30 May 2011
By JBeech
Format:Audio CD
Originally I was a little unsure if Heron's lush soul would be able to sit along side Jamie's techno beats and pretty little samples. However, I was proven wrong. Heron is given a new dynamic by XX's magic helping to create some of the most intense music I have heard all year. My only wonder is why hasn't this received more recognition?

Truly brilliant
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 28 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album 3 months ago and am still listening now. I think the poor average comes from the disgruntled GSH fans who think it's a travesty. It is not. It is interesting music and an enjoyable listen. The beautiful, rich voice of GSH and quirky and sparky electronics hits the spot more often than not.

As for the negative comments about the image of Jamie xx posing in the same stance as GSH...well who'd have thought it, a potential pop star with an ego. At least that ego makes him take some risks. This risk is well worth a listen.

I am now off to buy the GSH original.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it 23 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album is superbly crafted. These two artists seem to fit well together for some reason. The music and words have a beautiful, tender atmosphere that Jamie XX does not trample all over. For me, he adds to the original. You should own both.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ollie 6 July 2011
By Ollie
Format:Audio CD
One of the Best albums i have bought of 2011!, Highly recommended! Loads of different styles are incorporated into the album yet very smartly, The album its self feaures Gil Scott Heron on the vocals and Jamie XX from the XX doing all the Instrumentation. BUY IT!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY MODERN 3 Mar 2011
By Bill40
Format:Audio CD
Think some reviews have missed the point here a little bit; it's not meant to sound like a new album from Gil Scott Heron or for that matter the xx. Instead it's a new sonic creation, some of which wouldn't sound out of place on the new Radiohead album. If you listen without preconceptions you might just agree with me that this is the best release of 2011 so far - truly modern sounding music not limited by genre.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing reworking of We're New Here 9 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was initially unsure of buying having seen the reviews on Amazon.

I'm glad I ignored them.

This reworking is amazing. It's been played on repeat in my car for the last week.
The more I listern the better it gets.
As the musical styles are so diverse, my suggestion is to listern to it before you buy
as it is very different from the original cd.

There is a We're New Here website which has a double LP & CD for about 35.
One of the Cds is an instrumental version which I wish was included with this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BANKS FOR THE MEMORY!
THIS IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT COMBINES ONE CHORD MANTRAS WITH PART SPOKEN WORD,PART MELODIC.THE MOST IMPORTANT THING HERE IT'S THE TRADE MARK OF PH.D POET:GIL SCOTT-HERON. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by HELENE RAMOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Refreshing
A great album with an imaginative soundscape fusing the old and new together. Lots of great samples and changes in pace but still retains the lyrics of the original. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by JBY
5.0 out of 5 stars proper and real
i like i like alot proper sub proper words from what feels like real people too.shame the bugger is now dead.buy it if you like electronic.
Published on 3 July 2011 by jon
5.0 out of 5 stars A QUALITY TAKE ON A QUALITY LP
THIS IS NOT A GSH ALBUM BUT SOMEONE'S INTERPRETATION. IT TOOK A FEW PLAYS, BUT NOW IT'S CONSTANTLY ON MY TURNTABLE. NEW YORK IS KILLING ME IS BRILLIANT WITH A QUALITY BASELINE. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by DEL
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ending to an extremely unusual listen.
I approached this CD with some enthusiasm, as a fan of The XX and Gil Scott Heron, which appears to be a rarity given these reviews. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by Greg Aitken
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor
If you get The xx and like their work, then you'll probably enjoy this.

If however you are baffled by the very existence of The xx, you will do well to avoid this. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by vlad259
1.0 out of 5 stars A Couple Of Questions
Listening to this album, prompted in me one or two questions, namely: 1 What's the point of the exercise? Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2011 by M. A. Coverson
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