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Beautifully Human - Words and Sounds, Vol. 2

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When Philly’s Jill Scott released her head-turning debut in 2000, the neo-soul movement was peaking with the success of artists such as D’Angelo, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, and Lauryn Hill. When she returned four years later with her second studio CD, the landscape had changed greatly. No matter: Beautifully Human is another persuasive testament to her talent, independence, and character. “I am not afraid to be your lady, I am not afraid to be your whore,” she sings on “I’m Not Afraid.” On the uplifting “Golden,” she celebrates her freedom and individuality: “I be high-steppin’, y’all, lettin’ the joy unfold.” “Bedda at Home,” a riveting paean to her man, unfolds slowly atop a funky hip-hop beat and oozes sexuality. “Family Reunion,” with its ‘70s-style string arrangement, is an enchanting, disarming, lighthearted, and almost sentimental celebration of aunts, uncles, and cousins--complete with tales of drinking, adultery, potato salad, lemon cake, and Frankie Beverly. The tasteful, engaging music skillfully blends jazz, soul, and hip-hop, and Scott struts confidently across these 16 silky, hypnotic tracks, revealing her inner strength and courage by being seductive and intelligent, not bombastic or confrontational.

Customer Reviews

This is one of those classic albums

What can you say about this album...when I play in my iPod...I just let it go. Bravo, Jill!

My Soul Sistah

Jill Scott's music fills my heart with joy. My favorite song is GOLDEN. I wish I could spread the warmth this song gives me all over the world.


If someone asked me to pick out one of the few great things about being human, I'd lend them my ears and reach for a Jill Scott album. With music's current climate, to hear a vocalist come so strong with a song about fidelity makes this man wanna sign up! Cuts like "The Fact Is I Need You" and "Bedda At Home" are...well...needed, with airwaves flippin' between man-stealing and man-hating. There are moments when you feel guilty for being allowed so deep into her thoughts. And yet you come to better understand Soul through her. What it means to put on vinyl, plastic or tape something raw and yet distilled. Chilling, and yet beautiful. Her voice, vision and grace are just unmatched. The only thing that can beat this CD is seeing her live. And when you do, get seats. I caught her show in the Brixton Academy, of London, and was in the mosh. After one line, my knees knocked. That voice, could move furniture!


Born: April 4, 1972 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A mature R&B vocalist who excelled most with slower, sensual material ("Slowly, Surely," "I'm Not Afraid," "My Love") and was versatile enough to pack plenty of punch with anthems of pride and self-empowerment ("Golden," "Family Reunion," "Hate on Me"), Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia and began her performing career reading her own poetry. She was heard by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, drummer in the Roots, who invited her to join the band in the studio, resulting in the co-composition "You...
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