I’ve long been a fan of deep seeded poetic music. I appreciate sitting down to Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. The thoughts provoked within their stylings lead to some fantastic images and emotions.

As abstract as the American poet can be it should be listened to in the right setting. It obviously is not something you’d find yourself listening to in a club.

Until now.

Feeling very much like The Man Comes Around – tweaked and distorted – We’re New Here offers a surprisingly catchy twist on a previously released testament to pains and experience life has brought to a truly brilliant man.

Lyrics such as “No matter how far gone, you can always turn around” and “I’m the closest thing I have to a voice of reason” mixed in with electronic beats brings new life to an old style of music.

With a voice emitting the struggle and weather life has thrust upon it over time each song is ground into your soul. It took a whole of three minutes for this album to bestow upon me the feeling it intends to portray.

We’re New Here caught my attention so quickly I had to listen to the original I’m New Here.

It was a struggle for me to decide which I prefer.  I weighed both albumsl; compared what each brought to the table, how the meaning is conveyed, and if each truly exhibits the feeling I believe it is trying to.

I’ve come to the realization they are both equally entertaining. Should I find myself in the mood to listen to a spoken poet style album while at home, I have the original, in the car, I have the new. I’ve found it quite hard to find a downfall here.

Bringing his genius to life via a remixed album, I have found, has only revitalized this incredible story.Standing side-by-side with the greats over the last few decades, Gil Scott-Heron should not be allowed to fade into a distant memory.