#42-GIL SCOTT-HERON-I’m New Here (XL)

Few comebacks have been as celebrated as the return of African-American protest poet Gil Scott-Heron. A decade after he succumbed to the drug and alcohol abuse some of his lyrics so profusely warned against (‘The Bottle’), he was rescued from oblivion by the owner of XL recordings. Half of it pure poetry, the second half contains some of the most affecting songs of the year. ‘Me & The Devil’; ‘New York Is Killing Me’ or the superb Bill Callahan cover the record is named after are likely to reach classic status when played back by future generations.

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