MTV Unplugged No. 2.0

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
"I used to be a performer, but I really don't consider myself a performer anymore," says an introspective Lauryn Hill at the beginning of her live, two-disc set of new material, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. "I'm just sharing." And share -- the joys and the pains she's experienced during her four-year absence from the spotlight -- is exactly what Hill does. In a surprising move for a renowned singer and rapper, Hill accompanies herself on an instrument she's still learning, the acoustic guitar, rendering the mesmerizing and emotive 22-song set even more intimate. Throughout, she huskily and sometimes hoarsely sings and raps heartfelt, spiritually attuned songs of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
"I used to be a performer, but I really don't consider myself a performer anymore," says an introspective Lauryn Hill at the beginning of her live, two-disc set of new material, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. "I'm just sharing." And share -- the joys and the pains she's experienced during her four-year absence from the spotlight -- is exactly what Hill does. In a surprising move for a renowned singer and rapper, Hill accompanies herself on an instrument she's still learning, the acoustic guitar, rendering the mesmerizing and emotive 22-song set even more intimate. Throughout, she huskily and sometimes hoarsely sings and raps heartfelt, spiritually attuned songs of redemption and rebirth the confessional "I Gotta Find Peace of Mind", rebellion the Bob Marley-esque "Oh Jerusalem", and renewed romance the bossa nova-sprinkled "Just Want You Around". Shedding some light on what prompted her transformation, the former Fugee admits that at the height of her career -- she won five Grammys in 1999 for her solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including Album of the Year -- she felt trapped by her public persona, but has since learned to love and accept the real Lauryn. "This is the first time you're meeting me," the married mother of three tells her audience. "Don't think you met me before." While this Lauryn is less inclined to rock designer rags or entertain others' opinions, she remains one of hip-hop's leading visionaries. And her fearlessness -- especially on the breathtaking "Peace of Mind," where she breaks into tears while singing the praises of "a merciful, wonderful God" -- is truly inspirational.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Through it all, this tender renegade purposefully does what she's gotta do to keep her music sacred. The results are sometimes messy, but more often they're miraculous. 1/2
The Source - Miguel Burke
Resembling the acoustic, folky nature of Bob Marley more than the soulful boom bap of her previous work, Unplugged features Lauryn and the guitar she's learning to play.

Resembling the acoustic, folky nature of Bob Marley more than the soulful boom bap of her previous work, Unplugged features Lauryn and the guitar she's learning to play.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998658028
  • Catalog Number: 86580
  • Sales rank: 13,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro
  2. 2 Mr. Intentional
  3. 3 Adam Lives In Theory
  4. 4 Interlude 1
  5. 5 Oh Jerusalem
  6. 6 Interlude 2
  7. 7 Freedom Time
  8. 8 Interlude 3
  9. 9 I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)
  10. 10 Just Like Water
  11. 11 Interlude 4
  12. 12 Just Want You Around
  13. 13 I Gotta Find Peace Of MInd
Disc 2
  1. 1 Interlude 5
  2. 2 Mystery Of Iniquity
  3. 3 Interlude 6
  4. 4 I Get Out
  5. 5 Interlude 7
  6. 6 I Remember
  7. 7 So Much Things To Say
  8. 8 The Conquering Lion
  9. 9 Outro
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lauryn Hill Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Alex Coletti Producer
Christoph Koch Post Editing
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Herb Powers Mastering
Joey DeMaio Director
Mel Papaterpos Guitar Techician
Adam Blackburn Engineer
Lauryn Hill Producer
Julian Alexander Art Direction
Susan Pelino Post Production Mix
Van Toffler Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She knows what she's talking about

    Through Miss Hill shines this beautifully convicting album. The magnitude of her message in incredible. Her honesty ranges from intensely astonishing to comforting on the basis of one being able to relate to what she's saying. It would be very dificult to not resepect the art contained in this album as well as the real matters of the heart she presents. Anyone with eyes to see or ears to hear will find this album a necessary addition and a comfort. It's the album where you make a cup of something, sit down and just listen to the direct performance only Lauren is capable of giving. Truly a remarkable album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Throw your money in the Street instead

    I feel like one star is too good for this album. MTV should've UNPLUGGED the mic as soon as the bull started pouring from her lips. Then on top of that its a DOUBLE CD? Why?? There is nothing "deep" and emotional about the content of this album.....its not entertaining, enjoyable, or pleasant to listen too. So again I ask Why?? She sounds like she is still sleep during half the album. I hate when people think they have gotten sooo big that they don't have to even try anymore. Her voice was cracking, she was crying and just a complete mess. Then she explained every song....its like let me the listener interpret what you are saying....don't take 3-5 mins before each song to explain it...its not that deep! BUY JILL SCOTT, ERYKAH BADU, OR LELA JAMES INSTEAD. I want my money back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OH Miss Lauryn Hill

    Such a real artist. I just love Lauryn Hill. She is so unique in talent.A real strong voice, you don't hear those much anymore. It's scandalous that young sibling sisters out there who can't sing are so publicized.Hint, one is blond and one has her hair died black. Can't help but to cry when you hear Lauryn Hill she brings out such reality and you say, "hey there's someone who can sing it"!Just Beautiful! Buy the album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lauryn, Lauryn....

    As an artist Lauryn is more than entitled to create whatever music she is feeling inside. However I can't say that I was feeling it. For people who have not heard her on The Score with The Fugees or her Miseducation you will most likely enjoy the cd. It is both sincere and touching in it's live acoustic preformance. This would be fine from anyone else, but Lauryn has a rare gift. She is a wonderful MC! This is nothing like what I'd hoped for after Miseducation, gone is her witty humor, wise rhymes and catchy beats. For her to back out of R&B and hiphop to do an acoustic set on MTV just kills me. But if and when she finds her beats again I will as will many of her other old fans welcome her back with open arms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lauryn......A true truth teller!

    There are those who profess to be honest and those who truly are. Lauryn is the truth! She personifies it! A testiment to what she has expierenced in her life and she has laid it out for the world to hear,and I am glad that she did. I have learned from her and have been 'sharing' my 'special gifts' to those around me. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this album to all in the world to hear. It will make you take a look at what we are all doing to eachother whether we are aware of it or not.We gotta get out of ALL these boxes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deep--Emotional--Real

    Lauryn: You touched my soul and improved my being;helped in guiding me to make certain decisions....Thanks...Gracias...Merci...Prego Olga

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'll take the old fake Lauryn thank you very much

    If I were a hippy and believed that the "right" thing to do always worked out for the better, then I would be just like all of you guys who gave lauryn hill anything higher than 3 stars. Sure, shes no longer commercial, and thats all warm and cozy to say. Shes the REAL lauryn. But now she writes songs with no beat that are repetitive as heck. YIPPY. Heck, I could do that, especially the way she sounds on this cd. She obviously was sick, or just really horse, but decided to go on anyways and sing. And im sure thats all nice and cozy to think about too. Its too bad that it sounds like booty. She should learn to play the guitar better so she can actually right songs with more than 1 chord progression with 5 minutes of whining over the top of it. There is a reason why her last album got more attention: it didn't suck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Artistic, Intellectual, and Spiritual Genius

    The lyrics on this album were so good that it raised my standards for what I should expect from a great singer/songwriter. Her metaphoric and intellectual Christian messages helped me to organize some of the thoughts that have been floating around in my head for years. Furthermore, her social critiques were precise and powerful. When I first bought the album I could only listen to it a track at a time. It is so rich with insight that to rush through seemed an insult to her genius. The music is melodically simple, but passionately pleasing. Even though her voice is rhaspy, it seems to add to her soulfulness and the overall reality of the product. These songs are not meant to be commercially or musically impressive, they are meant to be prophetic works of art. This seperates them from the regurgitated trash that most of the artists on the major labels try to pass off as original. Buy this, its worth its weight in gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    musical fellowship

    I listened to this CD at a listening station at Virgin and was immediately drawn to the acoustic guitar and the voice that is a more exposed version of her previously established distinct sound. Months later I finally purchased it. I needed to hear something honest and something I could relate to - Lauryn's Unplugged CD is both... and more. The more you listen to the CD the more apparent it becomes that she is on a spiritual journey seeking the Truth (there is only one) which I find to be the ultimate pursuit in art and life. As a christian, I felt that her words were geared towards reconnecting with God through Jesus Christ. That was what I got from it. I found the album a rare gem not only because it provides a front row seat to a life in transition but also the honesty, the care, and intentional outreach to listeners. A blessing - I pray this will inspire others to do the same type of honest reflection. "rebel....while today is still today, choose well"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT

    I THINK THAT THIS ALBUM FROM HER TRULLY SHOWS HER RAW TALENT AND, DEDICATION TO MUSIC.... I HAVE LOVE HER SINCE FUGEES NOW SHE HAS MADE ME HAVE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF RESPECT FOR HER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An inspired listener from the Midwest-Wisconsin

    Laurn Hill's performance on this album is breathtaking. She is allowing God to use her in a way that is definantly needed. There are so many young people who are allowing themselves to be put in a "box". Conforming to things to portray an image that is really not them and in the process, they loose themselves. God made all of us different and as long as our intentions are good, our differences should be acceptable. Lauryn brilliantly displays this and since I've purchased this CD, I've started my work day out with it every morning. I also allow my children who are 9 and 5 to listen to it so that her lyric's meaning can saturate their little minds and when they feel themselves "living in a box", God can vomit up the memories of Lauryn's lyrics and at that moment they can relive this CD's emotions. I pray that Lauryn continues to allow God to use her because she's bringing out truth and we are in dire need of it. This CD inspires me and encourages me to go forward with God's plans for me which is to continue being the good-hearted person I am dispite of what people have done to me or will try to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no way

    The good news is that Lauryn Hill is back. The bad news is that the album is not good. First, it fails to entertain. If an artist is going to ask me to give up $20 the least the singer can do is be able to sing. Lauryn's voice is hoarse and she does too much talking on this CD. Second, while there's nothing wrong with making a personal album this one is so insular that the casual listener won't get it. What God is Ms. Hill singing about? I wasn't sure. The guitar playing is terrible. If I want a lecture I'll go back to college. If I wanted a sermon,I'd go to church. I expected to be amused by a superb musician. Instead I got half baked mess. Hopefully, this is just a warm up for Lauryn Hill and the next album will be a real one and not something that sounds like a bad demo tape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just want lauryn around!!!!!!!

    lauryn is a true artist who explores all the subjects that we are too afraid to talk about.what amazes me is fearelessness to take on any challenge.no other artist has ventured out against the norm to create a live album with all new songs performed with a tired voice,no other artist could ever dream of doing this!!! Lauryn is inspirational and i cant wait for an in-studio album.PIWE SOUTH AFRICA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lauryn Hill

    Lauryn id da BOM!!!! in this one. I first heard of Lauryn Hill in Sister Act 2 and absolutely loved her voice. So I heard small clips of this c.d. and loved it. Lauryn is a very good and talented person and singer. She gives a even greater c.d.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unplugged: Lauryn Hill is Profound!

    Everybody's in a ''box!'' What Lauryn has done is ''DARED'' to resist the establishment, and now ''the majority'' is so confused. They complain ''her voice this...'' and ''her accompaniment that...'' --yada, yada, yada! At the end of the day (and I'll bet the farm on this one--yours and mine) Lauryn Hill will emerge with ''the victory'' like the ''Conquering Lion she is!'' I can only imagine how her critics will ''frame'' that. Unplugged No. 2.0 --Lauryn Hill is ''tight and girlfriend can just sing!'' (1)The lyrics in all of the songs are just sheer genius and truth: ''when the son of perdition is commander in chief, the standard is thief'' Ouch! In another song, she says ''what a paradox, having God trapped in a box, all this time professing to be spiritual.'' HEY! (2) The melodies Lauryn finds on that guitar are just soul stirring!! When she plays the first chunk of I Get Out, she comes back so seamlessly and powerful, the audience is mesmerized to the point that they just spontaneously break out in applause! (3)When you watch the video, you can actually see the audience ''feeling'' the chords and the words! (4) And ''raspy''? Raspy is an ASSET in Lauryn Hill!! Raspy makes Lauryn Unique and Heartfelt. (5)And finally, the interludes, they are FUNNY and INSTRUCTIONAL and REFLECTIVE and HAPPY. Lauryn says in one ''the media says I'm crazy and deranged. . . so, when I do these songs I might twitch a little cause when people think you're crazy and deranged they will leave you alone. Now I have so much peace! So as far as yall know, I'm crazy and deranged . . that's my story and I'm sticking to it!'' The interludes connect Lauryn one-on-one to her fans. This CD without question 5STAR.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You're a genius, Lauryn!

    I love this album. The songs, the way she sings, the way she plays her acoustic guitar. And the way she talks. For example the endlessly beautiful ''Oh Jerusalem''. Thanks, Lauryn, thanks, thanks, thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A life changing experience.

    I can not stress the importance of this album enough. Lauryn Hill has opened my eyes to some very relevant issues in my life. I highly reccomend that you purchase this album, not only because of the messages Lauryn is giving, but also to hear some really beautiful, raw sounding music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice start.. hope to see where it goes.

    Cool album.. lyrically deep at points, amatuerish at others. Her guitar strumming doesn't rival any of the greats.. but in a way adds to the flavor of the rawness Lauryn is bringing. A raspy voice, raw lyrics, and simple guitar melodies makes for a folky experience with a very talented musician.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HER GUITAR AND HER VOICE: SHE DOESN'T NEED MORE

    First let me tell I'm an Italian Lauryn Hill's fan since when she was the youngest rap singer in the Fugees (Refugee Camp). With this double CD live album, Lauryn showed us (if there was the need) her incredible romantic voice. I bought the India Arie's album cause I was looking (after so many years) for something similar to Lauryn's voice. I tried to find but NOTHING. Jill Scott, N'Dea Davenport, India Arie...nice soul and R&B voices but they're not Lauryn! She's definitely the queen of the R&B! A little critic, but maybe it's only my own CD, is that CD2 is recoreded to a less high volume than the 1st. Anyway it's quite a great album, right for those rainy days, or those days to spend in front of a fire both at home or on a beach. I heard and heard and heard again and again her solo album ''The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill'' and i think I've tested the real capability of optical CD to last during the time...my poor CD really welcomed the new release from MTV, now it can ''take a breath''. Listen the guitar and let it bring you over waves of real music directly from her soul through your heart. Listen to her voice and you'll find yourself flying on the wings of freedom and rights. Definitely a Great Album that everyone who loves R&B must have in his own discography. Welcome back Lauryn and hope to see your new album soon!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give it up, give it up!!!!

    This is not an album, it is a work of art. I am so moved by the words, not the beat or the hook, but the words. This music, if it can be labeled as such, is pure. I have tried to explain the premise to my friends, but come up speechless. How do you describe a look into someone's soul????

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