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The first solo album by the Fugees' most distinctive voice quickly wipes away the pretensions of so many current hip-hoppers' discs. It does so by both engaging their widescreen ethos--"To Zion," with its martial drums and gospel choir, is as epic a production as has been heard in 1998's pop music--and speaking the plain truth. Reminiscent in its scope of nothing so much as Aretha's early-'70s Spirit in the Dark and Young, Gifted and Black, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill also easily earns its late-'90s place next to Erykah Badu's Baduizm. Even more personal, if hardly any more political, than cohort Wyclef Jean's Carnival, Miseducation focuses equally on her life (especially the birth of her child) and social concerns about the present and future. Its often quiet surface, if anything, lends intensity. "Everything you drop is so tired," she scolds artistically dead-ended rappers on "Superstar"; if more artists shared her vision, occasional eccentricities and bottom-line talent, she wouldn't have to complain. --Rickey WrightSee all Editorial Reviews
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Expectations were high for solo material from The Fugees members. The fall of 1998 brought Lauryn Hill's first solo record since her success with The Fugees. It was called "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill." The album stormed to No.1 and went 7x Platinum in the US, also topping the charts in many other foreign territories. A few were calling it hype, but the critics were gushing for Miss Hill. Read any review of this album by a professional critic and they are bound to call this album something along the lines of "A ground-breaking classic that totally re-writes the Hip Hop rule book." Lauryn Hill deservedly earnt a record 10 Grammy nominations in 1999, and won five (Album Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best R&B album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song).
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill is a classic record, which is up there with albums by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as one of the most influential and ground-breaking records in its category. The album is unique in its style - it encompasses many styles and captures many influences from sin, love, depression, street life, fame, wealth, the past, the present and the future. The first song, "Lost Ones," is quick to dispel the stereotypes of Hip Hop culture by taking on a different subject than most other rappers albums. Lauryn sings about the way people change, and how it's not always for the better. The hit single "Ex-Factor" shows a very emotional side of Lauryn. She sings of a lover who she is with, but their relationship is so difficult because of his dependency on her.
"To Zion" speaks a real truth about Lauryn's turbulent past. Martial drums and a beautiful chant towards the end makes this song totally epic. "Doo Wop (That Thing)" is the lead single from the album. Lauryn's rapping is at her best on here. Everything fits together so well - lyrics, beats, arrangement. It's all excellent, and it's extremely thought-provoking. The rather dreary "Superstar" sees Lauryn angrily attack all the rappers who are only concerned with the money, the girls and the bling-bling. It is followed-up by the wonderful "Final Hour." Lauryn's rapping in this song is on top-form, and my favourite part is where she sings, "Now I'm-a get the mozzarella like a Rockerfeller, still be in the church of Lalibela, singing hymns a cappella, whether posed in Maribella, in couture, or collectin' residuals from off The Score." It's amazing. The way she sings it, the tone in her voice, the emotion and the catchiness of it all - it really does touch the depths of your soul.
"When It Hurts So Bad" is an excellent song about confused love, while "I Used To Love Him" is a fantastic duet with Mary J. Blige in which the two sing about a guy they once loved, but don't anymore. Plain and simple. "Forgive Them Father" is a song about the sinners who use people and then talk them down. A thought-provoking song to those who take people for granted. "Every Ghetto, Every City," is a brilliant and funky R&B song in which Lauryn reminisces about her childhood past, and how she remembers everything. "Nothing Even Matters" is a duet with D'Angelo, and a beautiful ballad. You can just sit back and relax to this wonderful song.
"Everything Is Everything" is definitely an album highlight. Striking beats and wonderful vocals are joined with amazing lyrics with references to the bible, Egyptian past, European culture and much more. It's a very interesting topic on life and how you chose to live it. The album's title track, "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" has a brilliant piano, and Lauryn's vocals are stunning. This song is a complete revelation and a perfect 'official' closing song. Bonus tracks include a cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Tell Him." Both fantastic songs, which should've been included on every version of this superb album.
OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
In between many of the songs on "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill," we get to listen to a high school lesson in which Lauryn should be present at, but isn't. They talk mostly about love and people - how to treat them, and the way people live. Lauryn is obviously not present for the lessons, so she offers us her 'Miseducation' through her songs. Her songs are her 'Miseducation,' and she educates the listener on her experiences. When listening to the songs, you realise that Lauryn didn't even need to be present at the lessons - she's done fine on her own, and she is a total genius. If you're looking for a superb R&B album all through, look no further than Lauryn Hill's masterpiece, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.