Experience: Jill Scott 826+ Live, Explicit Lyrics
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This disc gives you WAY more than you're paying for. At 2 discs, one of which is live (with one of the tightest groove bands I've ever heard) and the other comprised of 9 new tracks (11 if you count the embedded hidden tracks on #9), you're getting a MASSIVE amount of Jill at the top of her form for very little cost. Considering you paid more for the last uneven Maxwell record, the had-to-grow-on-you Badu "Mama's Gun" and about a dozen or so other pointless exercises in R&B today, you're not only getting a bargain, you're practically set for the next 6 months.
I know what you're thinking: "I'm really only paying for 9(11) new songs, so what am I actualy getting new?"
Oh, ye of little faith. Because she didn't hit as many cities as some artists this past year, you probably didn't get to hear her live. If you had, you'd realize how nuts a notion it is to believe that you're buying "Who Is Jill Scott?" twice. Jill revamps her debut album's tracks in such a way that there's practically a party in every track. These songs prance, slyly grin, wink and pounce all over you from all sides, and they don't skimp, either: of the 11 tracks on the live disc, 8 of them are over 6 minutes in length, with bridges, solos and silky grooves slipping in and out of the tracks throughout. It had to be one of the best shows to come down the pike in a long time, and she'll sell out from now until she retires 20 years from now if she keeps the quality of records at this level.
The CD of new stuff is also pretty darn amazing, even if there are a few "huh?" moments there.Read more ›
I enjoyed Jill's live CD, but I think that the studio releases on the second CD are much better. Further, those live songs are being played to death, whereas I have yet to hear radio play one single from the latter. To her credit, Scott does a bit improvisation and attempts to breathe new life into the songs from her debut CD, and you do feel like you are right at one of her concerts. The live version of "He Loves Me," is interesting, but I prefer the operatic overtones of the studio version. Nonetheless, Scott gives a good performance. I especially liked her cover of "Find My Way," by a Tribe Called Quest.
The bulk of the new songs are kind of mellow and jazzy from the "Free", "Gotta Get Up," my workday anthem, "Sweet Justice" and the duet with Common. This CD also contains two hidden tracks, a reprise of "Gotta Get Up" and house remix of "He Loves Me," that I've been playing on the regular. I discovered this one night after I'd fallen asleep on the couch with this CD playing and it reached the end. After several minutes of silence, the first hidden track begins. I never really liked house music, but I am really feeling this version because it's funky.
On the whole, this set is a bargain because you are getting two CDs from a talented artist. I can't wait to hear what Ms. Scott does next.
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Loooovvve it!!! Experience: Jill Scott 826+ is Amazing!!!!... it comes with Two CD's of Jill showing all of us exactly why we love her so much!! The girl is "Bad"!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ms. Robinson
Ordered by mistake. Not worth it to return. I listened to it and it is okay, just not my kind of music. If you like her you will probably like it.Published 10 months ago by Satisfied customer