Friday, February 5, 2010

Great Scott-Herron's Back

Already on the fast track to being one of the best albums, or at least one of the most talked about albums of 2010, Gil Scott-Heron returns with his first album since 1994. Calling it an 'album' may be a bit of stretch, it clocks in at 28 minutes in it's entirety, but it is a rounded body of work with an interesting back story.

XL records label boss Richard Russel tracked down Heron in Rikers Island prison where he was wrapping up a prison sentance and convinced him to record a new album. The result is, well surprising. Fans of Scott Heron will need to open their minds again, this is a vehicle for his poetry, with little to no dancefloor action. The soundtrack is minimal, bleeps, bass throbs, dubstep stabs and all sorts of unexpected bits and pieces but the overall piece utterly makes sense and works.

Welcome back Gil, we thought you were dead! Sample the whole album below and check out Jim Carroll's interview with Gil in The Ticket here.

FYI: Gil Scott-Herron's Dad was the first black player to play for Glasgow Celtic.

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