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Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol 2 Import


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Three-time Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, New York Times Best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before being named People Magazine’s Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the ... Read more in Amazon's Jill Scott Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B0002O37ZO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Warm Up
2. I Am Not Afraid
3. Golden
4. The Fact Is (I Need You)
5. Spring Summer Feeling
6. Cross My Mind
7. Bedda At Home
8. Talk To Me (Break It Down)
9. Family Reunion
10. Can't Explain
11. Whatever
12. Crazy
13. Nothing
14. Rasool
15. My Petition
16. I Keep
17. Still Here (Hidden Track)
18. Bedda At Home (Acoustic Mix)

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Three times Grammy-nominated neo-soul leading light Jill Scott delivers yet another collection of luminous and poignant songs with Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol 2. One part jazzy-funk mixed with two parts slow and sexy hip-hop-inspired soul, this album can justly be compared to the best work of Erykah Badu and Angie Stone, combining subtle grooves, funky soul and sensual jazz.

BBC Review

It’s always interesting to see how an artist follows a critically lauded and groundbreaking (not to mention mega-selling) debut. There are three options: eschew its success and take a sharp left turn; repeat with diminishing returns; or develop, take time and create an album that is equal or worthy. With the weight of the plaudits that were heaped on Jill Scott’s 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott?, it would have been easy for her to follow either of the first two options. Thankfully, after a four-year wait broken only by the live-material-and-extras collection Experience Jill Scott 826+ and originally entitled The Truth, Beautifully Human was a notable progression for Scott.

Created alongside over a dozen producers, including Raphael Saadiq and long-term collaborators Karma Productions, the album bears many of the leisurely, nostalgic RnB trademarks of neo-soul, yet Scott’s voice and subject matter elevates it above anything generic. Although perhaps not as immediate as her debut, Beautifully Human is a slow-burning work of considerable depth.

The album is full of candour: from the first words of opening song proper I’m Not Afraid – "I am not afraid to be your lady / I am not afraid to be your whore" – her forthrightness is pervasive. Tracks like Whatever, Spring Summer Feeling and Golden are irresistible. Scott’s poetry roots are ever-present – Cross My Mind is effectively a poem set to minimal piano and beatbox with an infectious chorus. It won Scott a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2005.

Family Reunion captures the joy and pathos of a barbeque in the sun. With lines such as "Someone turns Frankie Beverly on the stereo and Ruby starts rocking her one good hip," you feel that you are opening Scott's family photo-album and looking inside. Beautifully Human is in honour of Minnie Riperton, and it is easy to hear her influence throughout. Album closer I Keep/Still Here is redolent of Riperton’s best work, a message of strident self-empowerment delivered sweetly and sincerely

With a sleeve full of pictures from her youth, Beautifully Human is a deeply personal album that, while reflective, rarely strays into indulgence. It is the sound of an artist enjoying herself. Often sounding exhilarated by her own performance or occasionally collapsing into laughter, it is hard not to lose yourself in her intimate, upbeat universe.

--Daryl Easlea

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
Second albums are tricky, and in the case of Jill Scot, there's a lot to live up to.
Who is Jill Scott was/is an impressive album, one that made an immediate and indelible impact on me as soon as I heard it.
In my opinion, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol 2, is a very different entity indeed. Where Who is... instantaneously became a firm favourite, I think that Beautifully Human will need time to seep into my subconscious.
Scott's voice is amazing, delicate when it needs to be, and powerful when emphasis is warranted, distinctive in an overcrowded and sometimes unexceptional marketplace. I never get the feeling that she uses five notes when one will do, that she over-singing a song.
Usually it's the melody that grabs my interest first, but because Scott is a wordsmith, with a marvellous way with words, I took the time to really listen to what she was singing about. And what she has to say is a wonderful mix of pertinent and personal.
Standouts:
I Am Not Afraid
The Fact Is (I Need You)
Cross My Mind
Bedda At Home
Talk To Me (Break It Down)
Family Reunion
Rasool

Just to name a few.
If you love Jill Scott, buy this album. If you don't know Who Jill Scott is, buy this album. I think you just might grow to love it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on 13 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought this record and instantly enjoyed it. However, it was not until subsequent listens that I felt the true beauty and sweetness and of Jill Scott.
I'm now in that mode where you've got to try and ration myself from the addictive bliss of hearing tracks like "Crazy", "I Keep", "The Fact Is (I Need You)" and "Still Here".
A genuine classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
I agree with some that it's a bit of a grower, but I've figured that that's how it is with really good new creative stuff that sounds like nothing you've heard before, recently anyway.
After listening to this album with friends, in the car, just chillin', I have come to the conclusion that as good as the first album is, this one is even bedda!! Which is sayin something 'cos the first one came out of nowhere and blew all us fans away. But you can't keep creative talent down, both Jill and the production crew have composed a lovely album.
Just let 'whatever' catch you in the right mood, as it did me, and you'll never tire of pressing the back button, with its melodic tones that are reminiscent of the Marvin Gaye - 'what's goin on' bridge.
'That fact is', what a gorgeous tune (do-do-do-do...)! What lyrics - yeah you can pay the bills honey, but men are useful for some things! I can't get enough of 'talk to me', I just wish both sections of the song were doubled in length. Great to hear her sing with the 'big band' accompaniment, would love to hear it live. "Heyyeay, you jus runnin 'cross my mind'...", it doesn't stop, this is poetic vintage from Jill Scott keepin it short n sweet. 'Crazy' is another 'stirrer' for me. It has a great flow yet it's different, not the expected arrangement of instruments, but it works so well.
I could go on but I'm just craving to jump back in the car to listen to these tunes again. I must admit, I was getting impatient for some new stuff from Jill, such was my addiction, but right now, I'm high! I'm gone!!
Can't wait to see her live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "lwoodi" on 9 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes I feel embarrassed when listening to this album. Why? Don't you feel like you are listening to her private conversations? Her private thoughts? Its like Jill is speaking to me and only me when I listen to her album and I know this is not the case because its what platinum now? I love this album and I still do not have a favourite song. I think every song is so relevant, and I especially lilke Track 10 because its so honest about being 'truly sorry' about being the 'bad' person in the relationship ("When you were busy loving me, I was busy too")...I also love Track 9, at the Family Reunion, I feel like I am there, or its my family...Ah I dont even want to go on with any more cliches...
This album has been stuck in my CD player since the beginning of Jan 2005 and I am not bored yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on 7 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Beautifully Human" is an apt expression for the vocal instrument that is Jill Scott's. In the tradition of singers as diverse as Roberta Flack, Beverly Sills or Lauryn Hill, Scott's voice is gorgeous, pliant and humanly human: strong, varied, sounding not like an trumpet or a saxophone, but like something emanating from the human voice box. She can sing loud, soft and in-between. Her voice is bold, big and beautiful. She is not a whispery wood nymph but a Wagnerian heroine: the Hip Hop Isolda.

Though she sings in the Hip/Hop/Nu-Soul tradition, Scott has always reminded me of the singers from the 40's and 50's like Billy Holliday (listen to "Can't Explain" on this CD) and Sarah Vaughn (if she were alive today I can hear Sarah singing "Golden"). Scott is more Holiday and Vaughn than she is Aretha; though she is very much of Today.

The songs on "Beautifully Human" are her best work since "Who is Jill Scott?" Her second CD, "Experience: Jill Scott" was Scott sowing her wild oats, though the studio stuff is first rate.

"Golden" is audacious, subtle, vocally pure and sexy with the charts and vocal arrangement as good as anything that Alicia Keys has put out. Both Keys and Scott share a love of 70's style songs ("Family Reunion") but haven't we had enough of the faked scratchy LP sound? I think so.

"Cross My Mind" is quite beautiful with the theme of a past love reawakened by the aroma of his cologne wafting by: "You sure did smell good."

"Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds II" is a love song to the talent of Jill Scott and a tribute to a woman whose shining and bright being cannot but emerge and imbue all of her music with the incandescent and transcendent beauty of her soul and heart.
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