Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2

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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. 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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

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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. 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
Vibe
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 827969277324
  • Catalog Number: 92773
  • Sales rank: 32,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Warm Up (1:19)
  2. 2 I'm Not Afraid (3:25)
  3. 3 Golden (3:51)
  4. 4 The Fact Is (I Need You) (4:37)
  5. 5 Spring Summer Feeling (4:49)
  6. 6 Cross My Mind (4:44)
  7. 7 Bedda at Home (4:22)
  8. 8 Talk to Me (4:44)
  9. 9 Family Reunion (5:12)
  10. 10 Can't Explain (42nd Street Happenstance) (4:39)
  11. 11 Whatever (4:26)
  12. 12 Not Like Crazy (3:57)
  13. 13 Nothing (Interlude) (1:31)
  14. 14 Rasool (3:05)
  15. 15 My Petition (4:11)
  16. 16 I Keep/Still Here (8:45)
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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
Jason Boyd Background Vocals
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
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, Contributor
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, Contributor, Executive Producer
Vidal Davis Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
John Hanes Digital Editing
Jason Boyd Vocal Arrangements
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
Herb Power Mastering
Pete Kuzma Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Omari Shabazz Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Lyzel Williams Executive Producer, Art Direction
Bill Brown Jr. Management
Jimmy White Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love it

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Essence of Love with a Touch of Soul

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as her first album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Artistically Refreshing

    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 ".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jill Scott is hot 2 def

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    2 songs are good. The rest I did not get...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SHE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL...

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great 3rd CD

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best album of the year.

    I heard the entire cd, and I enjoyed it, she matured from the last cd,every one should listen to this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLASSIC!!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true vocal artist!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GIVE HER A GRAMMY PLEASE

    THIS CD IS HOT. TO YOU ALL BUY IT DON'T BURN IT. BUY IT, SHE'S WORTH THE MONEY :)

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