Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2

Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2

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by Jill Scott
     
 

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In 2000, the question Who Is Jill Scott? was posed to R&B fans via the title of a righteous Philly griot's promising debut. Four years later, with the release of Beautifully Human, a brilliantly woven tapestry of sage words and hypnotic rhythms, the answer is unmistakable: Scott is the long-awaited new goddess of soul

Overview

In 2000, the question Who Is Jill Scott? was posed to R&B fans via the title of a righteous Philly griot's promising debut. Four years later, with the release of Beautifully Human, a brilliantly woven tapestry of sage words and hypnotic rhythms, the answer is unmistakable: Scott is the long-awaited new goddess of soul. A rich cornucopia of poetry propped against a lush, piano-and-strings-infused backdrop, the 16-track disc is a powerful and often fragile tribute to Scott's humane perspective and fearless spirit. Beautifully Human takes listeners on a journey through her life, and there have been changes: Scott's vocal mastery has eclipsed the "spoken word" poet within her. Witness, for example, the soulful, empowering "Golden," the disc's buoyant single, which is closer to Chaka Khan than Maya Angelou. Jill's also taken a trip to the altar, and the tense, territorial girl of "Gettin' in the Way" has matured into monogamy's patron. Her hubby, who was courting Ms. Scott during her debut and inspired that disc's blissful moments, finds Scott boldly testifying her love, on "Bedda at Home." "I'm Not Afraid," shows that matrimony can be kinky, as she coos, "I'm not afraid to be your lady / I am not afraid to be your whore." She calls for a healing and renewal of faith among black men and women in "The Fact Is (I Need You)," sending her listeners on a new love high. In the end, Beautifully Human is a soul-satisfying listen and a magnificent return for this gifted artist. Tomika Anderson

Editorial Reviews

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With Beautifully Human, Scott puts positivity into today's musical arena -- eschewing bitch-and-moan man bashing for compelling rhythms and all encompassing love songs that resonate in your soul. Letisha Marrero

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Hidden Beach
UPC:
0827969277324
catalogNumber:
92773
Rank:
35124

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Scott   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Rub,Foot Stomping
Christopher Farr   Saxophone
Clyde Kerr   Trumpet
Pino Palladino   Bass
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
James Poyser   Piano,Keyboards,Tongue Tapping
Harold B. Robinson   Bass
Stephen Walker   Trombone
Raphael Saadiq   Guitar
Francesco Romano   Guitar
Rick Trolsen   Trombone
Leonard Brown   Trumpet
Ruscola   Voices
Steve Suter   Trombone
Kelvin Wooten   Bass,Keyboards
Andre Harris   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brice Winston   Flute,Saxophone
Darryl Reeves   Saxophone
Kevin Hanson   Guitar
Vidal Davis   Electric Bass,Drums,Orchestra Bells,Orchestral Bells
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Matt Cappy   Trumpet
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Vocals,Voices
Omar Edwards   fender rhodes
Adam Blackstone   Acoustic Bass
Andre Dandridge   Vocals,Voices
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
George "Spanky" McCurdy   Conga,Drums
Rex Gregory   Flute,Saxophone
Irving Allen Lee   Voices
Pete Kuzma   Piano,Soloist
Heavyn   Voices
James Weber   Trumpet
Samir Zarif   Saxophone
Harold "Jukebox" Robinson   Bass
Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown   Trumpet
Chris Farr   Saxophone
Jimmy White   Guitar
Jason Boyd   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry White   Composer
Robert Frost   Producer,Instrumentation
Tom Brock   Composer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
David Farrell   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
George Kerr   Composer
Steve McKeever   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Nicholas Payton   Horn Arrangements
James Poyser   Composer,Programming,Producer
Tim Roberts   Engineer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Karen Taylor   Publicity
Jeff Townes   Executive Producer
Tim Day   Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Anthony Bell   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Francesco Romano   Composer
Kenny J. Gravillis   Art Direction
Kelvin Wooten   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Byron Phillips   Marketing
Keith Pelzer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Gordon Goss   Engineer
Jill Scott   Composer,Sound Effects,Executive Producer
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Engineer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer
Darren "Limitless" Henson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ryan Moys   Engineer
Charles Whitfield   Administration
Jill Piano   Administration
Vincent Dilorenzo   Producer,Engineer
John Tanksley   Engineer
Frank Sutton   Engineer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Composer
Pete Kuzma   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Omari Shabazz   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Lyzel Williams   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Bill Brown   Management
Jimmy White   Engineer
Jason Boyd   Vocal Arrangements

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Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jill Scott is really awesome. I recently heard her in concert promoting her new album and she is hot to deaf. you must get the cd when it drops. Trust Me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD IS HOT. TO YOU ALL BUY IT DON'T BURN IT. BUY IT, SHE'S WORTH THE MONEY :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jill scott does it again! Although I just got this album today and only heard a few cuts, so far ive heard nothing but gems. The real and smooth "family reunion" is one of the song u will be listning too years and years from now. I jus hope the rest of the album will be the same. get this album
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this woman and her music when I heard the first album. Her voice is an organic & true instrument. And her spirit comes thru in every word and every note. I bought the new album the day it was released and I'm now in love with it, too. I can't pick favorites right now because I love the whole CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the entire cd, and I enjoyed it, she matured from the last cd,every one should listen to this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jill Scott does it again! I have been waiting and waiting for homegirl to come back on the scene with some fresh and new music. She is definitely one of a kind and this new album is truly wonderful. It is "skip track free" if you're really into what Jill is singing about. She is definitely a poet and a good one. If someone does not like Jill Scott, then maybe he/she needs to listen to the words she's singing and not just the hook or the chorus. This is truly a sistah with an edge. I am glad she has finally produced this new album. I highly recommend her first album as well..."Who Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Vol. 1".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Jill Scott's first album but I must say that I liked about 2 songs on this album and the rest I just did not get. It seemed to be forced and the same tune every song. Jill can do better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is different than her 1st and her live cd, but it's fantastic in its' own right. More jazzy, more mellow. I love it. I play it over and over again. It's like she keeps re-inventing herself. All 3 cd's are different but good. "Cross My Mind" is my favorite!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Golden Sprinkles on my Mind that melt down to pure Gold on my heart. So soothing. So poetic. So Jill. This is Next Level Jill. Like an aged wine, she just gets better with time. Congratulations Jill ! My personal Anthem is # 16 " I Keep ". My most favorite is the one where she reveals the heart of most women # 8 " Talk to me ".
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole tone is different from the first album - it's more like they tried to put her music in some kind of upscale jazz. Jazz is great and all, but I really miss the R&B poetess vibe that she had in the first album. This one just doesn't speak to me as the first one did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From a male perspective, she is the great communitcator of love, emotions ... life. She powerfully delivers with the greatest of ease where she at and where you are. Songs like "Whatever", "Sprng Summer Feeling" and "I'm not afraid" shows the many shades of Black love and emotions. It's beautiful. No matter your ethnicity, buy the CD and enjoy the experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my new favorite cd....she is so refreshing ...i am so sick of hearing the unoriginal songs on the radio and she is so unique
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