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4.0 out of 5 stars Thankful either way., June 24, 2011
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I'm a bit torn on this record. I LOVE some of the songs, the ones that have the deep meaningful lyrics backed up by her powerful voice. But other songs disappoint, the ones that have some cheesy rapper making the song sound cheap and over-produced.

Why do some R&B/Soul singers feel the need to incorporate the increasingly meaningless genre of rap into their music (don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of hip-hop and rap but I do feel it is to the point where style greatly overshadows substance). Paul Wall sounds the same no matter if he is talking about love or how to cook a grilled cheese sandwich. I feel like Eve is also a one-trick pony when it comes to her rap game. I would gather that most of her listeners are mature and don't fall into the over-extended hype of names like that. She is so unbelievably versatile and I simply wish she would have done without them.

The one collaboration that I do love is with Anthony Hamilton (although he is not one of my favorites), the song is uplifting and makes you want to celebrate your loved one. Overall, I love Jill's music and will always be a fan. She is a rarity in music today -- she can completely envelop you with a story that takes over your imagination and you get lost in emotion (like Hear My Call).

One of my favorite lines so far after a few days of listening:

"Clearly, I am not a fat @[]...I am active brain!" LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Either way it goes, I'm grateful she came out with another CD. Thank you, Jill!
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Initial post: Jun 24, 2011 2:11:39 PM PDT
Though I cannot presume to speak for her, I think Jill would strongly disagree with you about her choice to incorporate hip-hop into her music. Jill Scott is, and always has been a "hip hop head," having gotten her big break in large part due to the Roots. As far as Eve (and I think you're insane BTW), that is simply 2 Philly girls giving each other love. If you see the video for "Shame," you'll notice Black Thought and a lot of other Philadelphia artists featured. I think it's great, and I think Eve sounds good on the song. Anybody to take the shrill screeching of Niki Minaj out of my head. As for Paul Wall... *shrug* I like him better than most of the other southern rappers, but I can't say he would have been anywhere near my first choice. But Jill likes it, I love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 9:41:00 AM PDT
Katie Ward says:
Thank you for your thoughts! I understand about Jill and the Roots as that's how I got into her in the first place many years ago, so I can see about the roots deep in hip-hop. BUT, that is when (IMO) the vast majority of hip-hop artists actually had something to say (as opposed to being the minorty now). I COMPLETELY agree with the Niki Minaj comment -- see previous!! I would take listening to Eve over her anyday, even though I still feel her rap style is one-noted. Thanks for commenting!

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 4:27:18 PM PDT
Solesistuh says:
You know, I must agree with you to some degree. I too was a tad dissapointed by this album. First, Why can't we get at least 60 minutes of decent music from any Neo-Soul R

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 10:34:26 AM PDT
B. Hines says:
I have to agree with you on your review. I would have liked more of the soulful, full singing from Jilly and less rap on this album. I love hip hop, deeply ingrained in it, but when I want to hear hip hop, I listen to it. Classical, I listen to it. For Neo Soul/R&B, well you get the idea.

I expected more, I don't think I will be buying this one and I love Jill Scott's stuff. I have all her albums, and loved her back from the Roots "You Got Me" collab. Just my thoughts.

P.S. I am sick of Niki Minaj as well, her music and lyrics do little to nothing for me.
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