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Artist Gil Scott Heron I’m New Here Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

1 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 1. 1 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 1. 2 Me And The Devil. 2 Me And The Devil. 3 I’m New Here. 3 I’m New Here. 4 Your Soul And Mine. 4 Your Soul And Mine. 5 Parents (Interlude). 5 Parents (Interlude). 6 I’ll Take Care Of You. 6 I’ll Take Care Of You. 7 Being Blessed (Interlude). 7 Being Blessed (Interlude). 8 Where Did The Night Go. 8 Where Did The Night Go. 9 I Was Guided (Interlude). 9 I Was Guided (Interlude). 10 New York Is Killing Me. 10 New York Is Killing Me. 11 Certain Things (Interlude). 11 Certain Things (Interlude). 12 Running. 12 Running. 13 The Crutch. 13 The Crutch. 14 I’ve Been Me (Interlude). 14 I’ve Been Me (Interlude). 15 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 2. 15 On Coming From A Broken Home, Pt. 2. I m New Here is a shock. It sa wallop filled with big nasty beats, a wide range of sonic atmospheres, and more — sometimes unintentional — autobiographical intimacy than we ve heard from Gil Scott-Heron than ever before. Produced by XL Recordings head Richard Russell, I m New Here is his first record in 16 years. It is a scant 28 minutes and doesn t need to be a second longer. It’s unlike anything he s previously recorded, though there is metaphoric precedence in his earliest, largely spoken word albums. Its production pushes forcefully at the margins, and Scott-Heron embraces it without a hint of nostalgia. It opens with On Coming from a Broken Home, the first of a two-part poem that bookends the album. Over a piano and a sampled string loop (from Kanye West’s Flashing Lights ), he reflects on his upbringing filled with strong female figures and an unconventional structure, with a startling epiphany at the end. It segues immediately into a slamming read of Robert Johnson’s Me and the Devil, with enormous hip-hop drums, sampled strings, and sonic effects that create a sense of brooding menace as Scott-Heron wails with bracing rawness to hair-raising effect.

Artist Sigur Ros Heima Music Video Concerts Rock Pop Product Type Dvd

Sigur R s long had an otherworldly image for English audiences, in part because of their near-mystical compositions and almost elfin vocals, and further because of their sometimes notoriously awkward press interviews. The 2007 DVD release Heima grounds the band as human beings about as much as any tour film ever, while still highlighting their extraordinary music. At heart a performance documentary following the group’s 2006 Islandstur, the film sees the foursome and various backing musicians traversing Iceland’s smallest and largest villages, putting on free, unannounced shows for anyone in earshot. Performances range from full-blown rock concerts in front of thousands in Reykjavik, to a lonely, acoustic protest of industrial damming in remote highlands. Along the way, they unleash their powerful, melodic tunes in abandoned fish factories, small churches, villager’s homes, and many a field. Though the Amiina String Quartet is their primary backing, they’re joined by a brass marching band on “Se Lest” that makes its way through a village and onto the small stage, and “A Ferd til Breidarfjardar 1922” sees them joined hauntingly by rhyming chanter Steindor Anderson. The performances are all compelling in their own right and recorded professionally to the point where many match their album counterparts. The film is smart to open with a stunning rendition of “Glosoli,” with all of its crunching, glitchy edges a fine companion to the moody shadows on the stage’s screen and the intercut footage of Iceland’s natural beauty. This natural scenery, from mountains to glaciers and raging streams and waterfalls to lush, green pastures and pitch black sand beaches, seems to be one half of the equation in understanding the epic side of the music of Sigur R s. Extras: Sigur Ros Dvd-Standard.