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Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1

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Jill Scott is the singer-songwriter who wrote the unforgettable hook on the Roots' "You Got Me." Jill Scott is a better singer than the garble-mouthed Erykah Badu, who mangled those lines (albeit prettily) on the Roots' single. If Scott had sung them (which she does, and marvelously so, on the group's live album, The Roots Come Alive), we would have known what the hell the words were. Thankfully, Jill Scott has put out her own album, which exceeds all hook-derived expectations. She is, in fact, a wonder--a magically soulful tunesmith who writes tunes like "The Way" and "Watching Me" that feel as comfortable, warm, and sexy as Al Green on a cold day. And then she rips into the songs' haunting melodies with a gorgeous honey-crisp alto that'll leave you wanting more. --Sylvia W. Chan

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jilltro
  2. Do You Remember
  3. Exclusively
  4. Gettin' In The Way
  5. A Long Walk
  6. I Think It's Better
  7. He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)
  8. It's Love
  9. The Way
  10. Honey Molasses
  11. Love Rain
  12. The Roots (Interlude)
  13. Slowly Surely
  14. One Is The Magic #
  15. Watching Me
  16. Brotha
  17. Show Me
  18. Silent
  19. Silent
  20. Silent
  21. Silent
  22. Silent
  23. Silent
  24. Silent
  25. Silent
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: July 18, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • ASIN: B00004UARR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful By NappyGirl on August 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This impressive debut CD guarantees that no one will be asking "Who is Jill Scott?" for much longer. A classic mix of jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, and bluesy melodies makes this CD the best in it's genre to be released this year.
Comparisions to Erykah Badu and D'Angelo, while accurate, fail to convey the power of Scott's expressive voice which can sound sensual or deeply spiritual on one track and have an innocent childish quality on another.
This Philly native's sometimes poetic lyrics are refreshingly honest and unique. Although much of the CD is concerned with love, she brings to the listener that urban female perspective that is just now receving airplay again after a long hiatus.
Artists like Scott are redefining soul music for a new generation and proving that one doesn't need a crew of backup dancers, a flashy image or vulgar lyrics to entertain.
The CD also contains a few "hidden tracks" that will delight the listener. I highly recommend this disk and can't wait to see her live.
Best tracks: "Exclusively", "A Long Walk", "Honey Molasses", and "Love Rain".
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Highsmith on August 16, 2000
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First of all, let me tell you that I would give this CD 10 stars if I could. When I put this CD in my stereo and gave it a quality listen, three CDs came to my mind right away. Adriana Evans' debut CD on Loud Records, Amel Larrieux's "Infinite Possibilities" and Erykah Badu's "Baduizm". Two reviewers "Deldrick" and "Tony" told me to get this CD a long time ago and I just recently decided to follow their advice. This is the best CD of the year 2000. The album has a Roots vibe to it. The beats sound like something they would have put together but the production is primarily handled by Jazzy Jeff, (yes the same Jazzy Jeff of Fresh Prince fame), and other members of A Touch Of Jazz Productions. From there Jill Scott takes matters into her own hands. This is one of the most creative CDs I have ever heard. Jill Scott has an excellent way of presenting her vocals and her spoken word songs as well. She will remind a lot of people of Erykah Badu, which is a compliment, but Jill Scott does everything in her own way. The stand out tracks are "Do You Remember", "The Way", "He Loves Me" (Lyzel In E Flat) , "A Long Walk", "Slowly Surely", "Love Rain", etc. When this CD is in the stereo, you can ignore the fast forward button. If you haven't already, you should make it a point to buy this CD. The vibe will take you just like it did me. I recommend this CD to anyone that likes Erykah Badu, Eric Benet, D'Angelo or Chico DeBarge. This is the best current R&B CD out right now.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Tony_Tone on July 23, 2000
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The Neon-Soul Movement is in high gear with the likes of folks Maxwell, Eric Benet, Macy Gray, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Jazzyfatnastess move over because here comes Ms. Jill Scott you can add her to the growing list of this movement which blends old school r&b, jazz and hip hop in to an infectious mix.. Ms Scott debut is nothing short of breathtaking every track on here is simply incredible.. Ms Scott has been around doing backing vocals for such hip hop acts The Roots, Will Smith
When she sings Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill will come to mind.. This CD hasnt left my CD player since i brought it .. Among the highlights : Do You Remember, Gettin In The Way, For my DC/MD/VA folks who may be reading this you all have to check out the track It's Love it has that sound we all know and love G0-GO the song is hot , Love Rain, Slowly Surely.. Are just some of the great songs on this great CD.. Pick this up you will love it .. Enjoy
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on September 4, 2004
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On a recent trip to London, I saw the debut album from Jill Scott on sale in a record store and bought it without hesitation. I have wanted this album for months and I now finally own it. I expected something good, but I didn't expect to be blown away by the genius, talent and immense artistry that Jill Scott displays on "Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1." I remember hearing Scott's debut single back in 2000 and have heard nothing of her since, but my recent dive into an ocean of musical styles and sounds had prompted me to purchase this modern neo-soul classic. As I grow as a man I feel a desire to know more and a longer, more passionate and mature dedication to music which is my life exclusively. I think I can safely add Jill Scott to the array of real artists that bowl me over every time I pop their albums in my CD player.

"Who Is Jill Scott?" was released in the summer of 2000 and quickly floated towards the upper-end of the charts, swiftly garnering mass public respect and positive critical response selling 2 million copies. The album on the whole is just a beautiful and emotional experience of love. Everything that is in this album is sung exotically from the heart. Crammed with love and desire, Scott expresses her deepest, inner-most feelings in remarkable honestly and astonishing professionalism.

The album opens with "Jilltro," which is a fantastic intro to open such an accomplished album. She introduces herself with haunting vocals and echoing beats, before moving into "Do You Remember?" which is a classy and seductive slow-jam ballad. This is a vivid and soothing song that sets the standard for the rest of the album, as Jill's thick vocals slide over the heavenly beats.
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