Me and my best friend in the world, Debbie who crossed over to the other side last year, had been waiting a decade for Jill Scott to return to form. I think Debbie's spirit was present in the recording studio when this cd was being made. One of Debbie's many jobs was working with a music producer and she knew what was good and what wasn't. She and I knew that Jill Scott is the most talented singer this country has and for whatever reason it seemed as if the music she was recording was beneath her extraordinary talent level. Me and Debbie had been begging and pleading for this cd and we finally got it!!! You go Miss Jill Scott!!!! I know Debbie, you are jammin' to this cd right now in Heaven, work it sister!!
I'm a Jill fan--unapologetically--so there's very little she could do that would sway me towards the negative in any way whatsoever. She can, honestly, do NO wrong.
That said, it took a couple of listens for me to embrace "Woman". There's a lot of old school here, and I anticipated that possibility when "You Don't Know" came out. That track was clearly Aretha-esque and gave a big hint that Jill was moving in the direction of Donny Hathaway, Aretha, Betty Wright (in some instances), and every other soulful artist from the 60's era. So, I was not surprised to hear this cd filled to the brim with tracks that infused R&B with a bit of funk (she was obviously digging in the crates for this one), and a lot of soul.
That said, if you walked into this album looking for something that would be top-to-bottom what "Closure" or "Cruisin" are—hot ish you can bob your head and dance to, then look elsewhere. This ain't that.
This CD was right on time for me. I meant to write a review for it when I purchased it over the summer, but I guess I was too busy grooving to it to do so. :-) Truthfully speaking, I've never heard a bad CD by Jill, but this one struck a nerve within me. Each of the songs touched my soul in a way that no other CD has done in a long time, not since Lauryn Hill's MISEDUCATION. Issues she's singing about might as well be a glimpse into my personal journal...how could she know I was dealing with this??
It's a bit more eclectic than Jill's previous offerings, but no less appealing. WOMAN explores the female psyche in happy, sad, and reflective states, but the fellas can appreciate this one as well. If you have ever been in love and experienced the highs, the lows and the joys and the pains of being in a relationship, then it's for sure that you can relate to Jill's lyrics (and the one remake on here, "You Don't Know" as well). It's a mature and refreshing alternative...
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