Gil Scott-Heron is one of the most influential and important singer/songwriters to have come out of America in the second half of the last century. Much can be said about why this Gil s lyrics are so original and powerful but .it is important not to overlook his utterly singular voice which is so distinctive and rough and tender. It is a voice of experience. A new record from Gil Scott-Heron. forty years after his first solo album. is a cause for major celebration and something that the world needs now more than ever.