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The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3

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2007 release from the Soul diva. A major player in the Neo-Soul armada that took both the Pop and R&B worlds by storm in the late-'90s/early-2000s, Jill Scott got her start touring with the likes of Erykah Badu and the Roots. With a background in both poetry and musical theater, Scott came at the genre from a fresh perspective, and her 2000 debut album made her a household name.

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Before you peel the cellophane off The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3, check out the back cover photo. In it, Jill Scott sits slumped on a floor in a bathrobe and slippers with a notebook clutched to her chest. It's an image meant to tell you something about just how real these 15 songs keep it--no pretenses here, just an artist doling out bits of her soul--but it also accurately captures the diary-like vibe of the music. Though there's nothing in Jill Scott's catalog that lacks for intimacy, Vol. 3 puts honesty and introspection on lock. From the cool opening drums of "Let It Be," to the swollen soul of "Hate on Me," to the sexed-up "Crown Royal"--this disc's entirely too brief best track, Scott weaves through the music like a woman who's taken her time contemplating what feelings ought to sound like. Not just mood-wise, but style-wise. The way-lyrical, late-night-sounding song, "Epiphany," hints at something a later track, "Wanna be Loved," lays out clearly: In addition to her spectacular singing, Scott's got the goods to seduce her fans as a rapper. She's the real thing, and she's also well-rounded. --Tammy La Gorce
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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hidden Beach Records
  • ASIN: B000V9KDVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 amazon.com reviewers, "Tony_Tone" and "dOc" were shocked that I had never heard of Jill Scott and they instructed me to make sure that I go to the nearest music store to pick up her debut CD which was Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1. They both told me that I would like the CD and I wouldn't skip a track at all. I am glad that I followed their advice because Jill's debut was one of the best CDs that I had heard in a long time. My favorite tracks ended up being "Do You Remember", "Slowly Surely", "The Way", "A Long Walk" and "Love Rain". I was impressed with the way Jill mixed in her singing with spoken word tracks and I was also impressed by the production. 1 year later, in 2001, Jill releasedExperience: Jill Scott. "Experience" was a 2 CD set of songs. Disc 1 was a Live CD which featured 9 tracks that were on her debut CD and Disc 2 contained 6 unreleased studio tracks. The best of them being "Gotta Get Up" and "Sweet Justice". Jill released her 2nd studio album Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2 in 2004. My favorite tracks ended up being "The Fact Is (I Need You)", "Spring Summer Feeling", "Cross My Mind", "Whatever", and "Family Reunion". "Beautifully Human" was a nice follow up to "Who Is Jill Scott?" but her 1st CD was better. Earlier this year, Jill Scott released ...Read more ›
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Jill scott is one artist that continues to put out solid music year after year. With her third release she continues this streak by displaying thoughtful lyrics, a beautiful voice, and some nice tracks. The tracks range from having a slight rock tinge to just relaxing smooth tracks. Since Jill just got divorced, I was worried that this album would be overwhelmed with depressing songs. This is not the case. You can tell it affected her but she still has a nice mix of lyrics and songs. Favorites for me on the album are "all I", "how it make you feel", and "the real thing". This is a very nice album, cop it.
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Jill Scott was introduced to the world on her aptly titled brilliant neo soul debut "Who is Jill Scott? (words and sounds Vol.1)" with it's jazz/soul/hip hop/poetry style, and here on her third studio release proper, she continues the trend, but with more jazzy flourishes. She co-wrote the classic Grammy winning "You got me" performed by The Roots with Erykah Badu, and we've been discovering more of her ever since.

Having experienced the vagaries of fame, as well as a brief marriage in the last few years, her lyrics as ever are cathartic, and the sound more mellow.

Opening things is the brief, hip hop styled "Let it be". Title track "The real thing" is full of wailing electric guitars giving a lite-rock feel, with Jill declaring she is the real thing. Lead off single "Hate on me" also guitar and horn driven set to heavy hip hop beats, is her retort to those hating on her because of her fame.

The airy, bouncy, bass heavy "Whenever you're around" belies the lyrics of the song; "cause I'm lonely/whenever you're around". Other standouts are the quiet storm feel of "Come see me", the brooding, spoken "Epiphany", "Only you" (with its deep bassline), and "Celibacy blues" (as its name implies, heavily blues styled).

Another classic from Ms Scott who always gives her fans the real thing!!
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The music and beats are breathtaking. The singing and lyrics as well. But be warned: this isn't an uplifting, happy CD. It's quite the opposite. If you were looking for the female empowerment of Jill's previous songs (as in "One is the magic number" and the self-assured odes to love like "A Long Walk" and "He Loves Me" you will be surprised. Imagine and entire CD in the theme of "Love Rain" and you have this one. Do not expect to be uplifted. Just go along for the journey, and maybe see if you recognize some of yourself.

The confident twenty-something of her first CD has matured into her thrities with an aching heartbreak: the end of her marriage and romance of over a decade. Cracks in the wall were evident on her last CD: songs like "I need you" and "Talk to me" seemed to show that there were already communication fractures bubbling up.

Having seen Jill in concert at Radio City Music Hall this past summer, one could tell something was wrong and the pain was real. By the time she ad-libbed "you....hurt...me...but..I'm...healing" over and over at the end of a song while pretending to stitch up her own heart, you knew all was not well in lalaland. "Something's different" I told my husband as we listened to her.

Enter "The Real Thing". The title track screams confidence and is my second favorite song on the CD: with "Hate on Me" being my favorite (and new theme song). After that, we gets odes to sexual positions, sexual longing and raw lyrics about everything from a lover moving on beyond you to a once rational woman stalking and vandalizing her ex and his things.

Out of great pain often comes great art.
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