7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not groundbreaking, but enjoyable,
By A Customer
This review is from: Experience: Jill Scott 826+ (Audio CD)
Well, here we have Jill Scott's second album and like Ms. Badu before her she chose to do a live set. Of course she has gone one better by including a studio set as the second CD of the album. However, this doesn't set me tingling like the original Who is Jill Scott CD.
For me a live album should be vocally perfect in whatever style you choose to sing your songs and here is where it falls down for me. While there are some splendid moments there isn't enough to really fire me up. For example, compare the live set With Maze's legendary Live in New Orleans set and you understand what I mean. I also think that Ms. Badu shaded it in the vocal stakes on the live sets. Overall good but certainly not worth 5 stars.
The second studio cut CD sees Jill take on a number of different styles which I think is a good thing. Again the production and quality is good but doesn't really break new ground. 24 Karat's Ghetto Misfortune's Wealth used to good effect on the duet with Common but it doesn't scale the heights. There is the nice dreamy free as the intro and outro for this CD as well as Another Day which also features on the latest 4Hero release (well worth picking up). A version of Another day is one of the hidden tracks at the end as well as a new mix of He Loves me, which probably owes a lot more to disco than anything else.
Jill Scott fans probably won't be disappointed overall (judging by previous reviews) but for me it never really scaled the heights. The definitive album for me last year has to be Angie Stone's Mahogany Stone which really scales the heights.