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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jill Scott - Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1

As a follow up to my praise toward those that dropped tunes into the box, follower Ashley asked that I run Jill Scott up the old flagpole. Now, I've heard of her before, from a collaboration she did with (I think) Moby years ago. She was born in 1972 in Philadelphia, PA. She was raised by her mom and grandmother - and she has stated in interviews that she was extremely happy as a child, and wouldn't change her experience for anything in the world. She attended Temple University for three years thinking she wanted to be a school teacher. However, she became a teacher's aide for a few months, and decided to drop out of school as that whole scene wasn't for her. She got her stage start doing spoken word poetry, reading her own works on stage. She was discovered by the artist ?uestlove from The Roots while doing her poetry. She subsequently collaborated and wrote for some of the best r&b acts in the world. This album was her first release, and it came out in 2000. She ended up getting much critical acclaim for it, and getting nominated for a Grammy award. This album contains so many different sounds and feels to it. It's very r&b and soulful, but it also contains a very big influence from jazz and maybe even some more Latino based music. It's certified 2x platinum in the states, which is pretty telling since it didn't really get any major radioplay. I can't disrespect this album in any way. It's something that as I get older, makes more sense to my musical palette. I'm only at the point however that I respect it, and wouldn't listen to it day after day. Maybe some day. If you're an Alicia Keys fan or maybe even Lauren Hill - it's got that sort of feel to it. And it's certainly worth a listen.

1. Jilltro (Album Intro)
2. Do You Remember
3. Exclusively
4. Gettin' in the Way
5. Long Walk, A
6. I Think It's Better
7. He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)
8. It's Love
9. Way, The
10. Honey Molasses
11. Love Rain
12. Roots, The (Interlude)
13. Slowly Surely
14. One Is the Magic #
15. Watching Me
16. Brotha
17. Show Me

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Watching Me
2. Gettin' In The Way
3. Slowly Surely

3 out of 5 stars

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