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Gil Scott-Heron, “I’m New Here”

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The long-lost Seventies rap pioneer rasps his way through an acoustic version of a Smog ballad. He turns indie-rock melancholy into the darkest, deepest country blues.

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Gil Scott-Heron, “I’m New Here”

The long-lost Seventies rap pioneer rasps his way through an acoustic version of a Smog ballad. He turns indie-rock melancholy into the darkest, deepest country blues.

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Jakob Dylan, “Nothing but the Whole Wide World”

Dylan delivers a roots-folk lullaby with a hushed melody James Taylor would kill to have written.

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