Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1

The debut album by R&B-soul singer/songwriter Jill Scott can be described as a sublime integration of Jazz, R&B and spoken word. The Grammy-nominated album was released to positive acclaim and is regarded as one of the best albums of the 2000s.

“Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1” Jill poses a question and answers it at the same time. Jill
Scott is Jill Scott. She is a vocalist, a poet, a spoken word artist, a genius. With this album, she almost single-handedly revives the spirit in soul music.

‘#One is the Magic’ a Latin-flavored track has a spiritual inclination to it. Her perspective on self-love is
quite unique: “If I add myself unto myself / multiple times you and yours and you again / there’s just me”. She recalls a safari love affair in the Serengeti in the track ‘#Do You Remember’: “we build sand castles in the Serengeti (do you remember?) / you splashed my face with Nile water/daughter of the diaspora you named me” she adds “Do you remember those days/way back when we spoke Kiswahili/ it was you and me/ see, remember playing hide and go freak/ I was that one you were born to seek”.

A track like ‘#Love Rain’ is saturated with heavy beats and poetic sex: “love slipped from my lips/
dripped down my chin/ and landed in his lap.” The accompanying track ‘#Exclusively’ is downright sexy:
“this morning my man exclusively introduced me to some good extra lovin’/ he was lickin’ and suckin’ on everything/ just the way he should”.

To cut a long story short, this album is sensational. Jill has a powerful voice and she uses it very
effectively. She does the Jazz/neo-soul/ R&B combo like no other. Her lyrics are amazing, personal and
deal with actual events; things that people can relate to. All of these factors make for a glittering album.

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