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Long awaited follow up to double platinum "Who Is Jill Scott: Words & Sounds Vol.1", released in 2000, features 16 songs (CD will have a hidden track not listed in credits).

While most neo-soulsters crank out albums like their hip-hop counterparts, Jill Scott takes a more traditional approach to her craft. Four years after the release of her debut, Who Is Jill Scott, Words & Sounds Vol. 1, Scott returns with the masterful Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2. The album features a collection of lush and hypnotic songs that will make you want to fall in love, live life, and be a better person all at the same time. Lead single "Golden" is a prime example of this. Set to a midtempo groove made for the dance floor, "Golden" is a shiny, beautifully-written narrative about living life to its fullest. The old-school R&B ballad vibe of "Petition" is reminiscent of Minnie Ripperton or early Chaka Khan. However, "Bedda at Home" is anything but laid back. Combining elements of jazz, soul, and old-school hip-hop breakbeats, Scott extols the greatness of her man with a swagger that can only be described as cool. Other highlights include "Family Reunion" and the socially conscious "Rasool."

The album's only flaw may be that it ends too soon, but then again it's always better to leave a listener wanting more. For Scott, being "Beautifully Human" means just that--finding the allure in all that life has to offer and that's well worth the wait. --Rashaun Hall

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hidden Beach Records
  • ASIN: B0002S94RK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on October 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a latecomer to the genius that is Jill Scott, first and foremost. After buying her modern classic debut album "Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1" in August 2004, I learnt about her second album, which was released the following week. I instantly knew that it was a must-have. I needed that album, and nothing was going to stop me from getting it. As I promised myself, I bought her second album about two weeks ago, and while not as stunning as her debut, it is still an extremely enjoyable and brilliantly produced follow-up.

That second album is "Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2" and crashed into the Billboard charts at No.3. In the UK the album hasn't really made an impact, but that is due to lack of single releases and just society's ignorance to truly amazing soul/R'n'B music - they'd rather go for Usher or 50 Cent, for some stupid reason! It's been four years since Jill wowed the world with her debut album, and Beautifully Human has been a long time coming, but it's finally here, and it was definitely worth the wait for her millions of adoring fans.

Beautifully Human opens with "Warm Up," which is a short interlude featuring a clip of "He Loves Me" from her debut. Heard over the 'radio' it sounds positively haunting, before leading onto the gorgeous "I'm Not Afraid." This song has a hypnotic and seductive beat and sultry, confident lyrics about not being afraid to be a man's everything. "Golden" is the album's first single, and whilst commercial and repetitive, the message is one of positive empowerment - a real feel-good anthem that I'm sure everyone can relate to. "The Fact Is (I Need You)" is a bit slower than the past couple of songs, and Jill really chills the listener out with her "Do do do do, do do" chanting.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James E. Dow on September 1, 2004
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In an industry full of R&B posers/producers who ride the latest hooks and studio gimmicks and rely on ghost writers to carry them to glory, Jill Scott has once again proven herself to be a breath of fresh air. Believe it or not, there was once a time when artists (male and female) actually wrote their lyrics, produced their tracks, and stood by albums which boasted track after track of wonderful heartfelt music. (See Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc.)

The bottom line: Jill Scott is a throwback.

Granted, she is not alone...but in my humble opinion this latest CD dashes any speculation about a 'sophomore jinx', and puts her in a class among the most talented singers/songwriters working today. 'Beautifully Human' (as a whole) is at once moving, inspirational...and above all - personal.

Bravo Jill Scott.

P.S. - I thought Jason Alexander's review was completely inappropriate for a site of Amazon's stature. I fail to see what an artist's weight/physical appearance has anything to do with the quality of the music. Shame on you for having the audacity to write such a shallow review, and then being brave enough to attach your name to it. Enjoy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nina on February 4, 2005
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This album is one of the best albums that any person, in any genre has produced in a very long time. If you like good music, buy this album immediately.


I am tired of people who claim they want variety in music who then go and diss artists when they show that there is more to them than what we heard on their first release. There is nothing mediocre about Beautifully Human just because it offers more laid-back vibes than Words & Sounds. Jill shows an enormous amount of range on this album, vocally and lyrically. Not to mention, the people who produced this album really PRODUCED it. Every musician was obviously intrical. Clearly, there are real people in a studio playing music, not just some dude chillin at a Casio mixing keyboard beats. If you just took the time to sit and listen to her words (which can be understood without looking them up on the internet because Jill is just purely a singer like that) you would realize that this album is filled with as much love, joy, human awareness, and depth as the first one. I beg all of you who claim to love real music to listen to the music that is put out totally. Listen to the beats and the lyrics and the vocals and the soul underneath. Listen with your heart and your mind and your soul. Don't cheat yourself by closing yourself off from what the music can make you feel or think. This album invokes the passion within me that I have for my wonderful man, the love I have for my crazy family that has a tendency to upset me sometimes, and the sense of urgency I have for my brothers that are constantly shaking hands on the corner. There aren't too many albums out that can do all of that for anyone. Listen to this album, if you haven't already. Listen again, if you've already heard it. I promise if you listen to it totally, you'll be so glad you did.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on October 9, 2004
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"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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