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MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
     

MTV Unplugged No. 2.0

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by Lauryn Hill
 

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"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

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"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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998658028
catalogNumber:
86580
Rank:
51617

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. Mr. Intentional
  3. Adam Lives In Theory
  4. Interlude 1
  5. Oh Jerusalem
  6. Interlude 2
  7. Freedom Time
  8. Interlude 3
  9. I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)
  10. Just Like Water
  11. Interlude 4
  12. Just Want You Around
  13. I Gotta Find Peace Of MInd

Disc 2

  1. Interlude 5
  2. Mystery Of Iniquity
  3. Interlude 6
  4. I Get Out
  5. Interlude 7
  6. I Remember
  7. So Much Things To Say
  8. The Conquering Lion
  9. Outro

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MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many a reviews about this ''Unplugged'' album Lauryn Hill has blessed us with. Most of these reviews were harsh, critics say she has fallen, that she is unstable, etc. But I beg of you to ignore these words. They are the words of an industry that wants only to sell happy images not images of self-repair, and education. What Lauryn is essentially doing is allowing the world to watch her recover from the ups and downs that we all experience. For this I thank her, as a woman I needed to know that pain happens, even to the best of us. Often we are bombarded with songs that would have us believe that we are defective becasue our world is not that of the songress, Let go of that idea!!! Lauryn, although it is unlikely that you will read this I thank you from the bottom of my heart of this. Your rich voice, even when raspy, can never sound bad. I love your Hip-Hop Folk songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lauryn's definitely back. I bought this CD thinking it would be a great as ''The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'', but I was wrong. It's so much better. I seriously felt like I was in church, except I actually stayed awake for the whole sermon. Her emotions are so raw and so real, that I couldn't help but cry with her at the end of her first CD. Anyone can be a performer with the lights, the back up singers, and flashy clothes, but no one can be a Lauryn Hill. She is definitely in a league of her own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With Hip Hop drowning in materialism and R&B suffering from mediocrity, it is refreshing to see an artist not worried about selling records. This cd is truly an experience and I was touched by Lauryn's sincerity. This is a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, but it was worth the wait¿ well worth it. This CD is nothing like anything I've ever heard before. It is intriguingly interesting, with her relaxing voice and that mellow mood lifting guitar, I was thoroughly impressed. I cannot stop listening to it. I love her and as I continue to listen to her music, I then realize that no other artist from such a diverse musical genre could have pulled it off. There was no background music, no manipulated studio samples, just her (Ms. Lauryn Hill) and that guitar. Her topics ranged from overcoming personal challenges to covert political struggles. It is worth any amount of money most establishments are attempting to charge (I can't believe I just said that), but buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just want to say that lauren really did it this time.. this album is so beautiful, deep, emotional, REAL, in your face, creative, and just rooted.. i dont even know how to describe it. the sound is beatiful to the ear, and the lyrics are just so deep that you can't just listen to it as background music, it demands all your attention, and she talks about the reality that most of us either avoid or ignore in most cases. she never siezes to amaze me. my eyes were glossy a few times in the album and i am not one to cry over music! if i were you , i'd check this album out, don't even debate it, JUST GET IT, i will be listening to this all summer! peace!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I FEEL MY HOME GIRL IS VERY DEEP NOW SINCE SHE HAS 3 KIDS NOW. IT ALSO SEEMS LIKE TO ME THAT SHE LOVES HER MAN MORE THAN HE LOVES HER. MAY THIS CD BRING YOU MUCH JOY AND HAPPINES. KEEP UP THE HARD WORK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her lyrics are incredible, her passion is unbelievable, and her music is beautiful. This is definitely a raw performance, and makes me excited to think that there will be a smoother studio version out later this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lauryn: You touched my soul and improved my being;helped in guiding me to make certain decisions....Thanks...Gracias...Merci...Prego Olga
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Lauryn Hill's Unplugged performance. I am so amazed by her originality, purity, creativity and cogency. Her voice and her words are so refreshing ... she's truly gifted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry I had to recommend these other three songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lauryn Hill has an awesome CD out giving glory to the Son of God. She has grabed on to the Light of God and she is sharing it with the world. All kinds of people are coming to Jesus Christ in huge ways, awesome. There is this one song that sheds light in dark corners of my heart. I think its called The Adam Theory or something like that. Check it out. The awesome thing is that God is in the process of making hearts pure. It can be painful but the circumcision of the heart by the Spirit brings freedom. ''Remove the stain of my guilt, Create in me a clean heart, O God'' Psalm 51:9-10
Guest More than 1 year ago
how amazing is it to finaly be sure that...yes, it's still possible
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to what those critics have to say about this album. All they're looking for is some commericialized artist and can't appreciate true talent. Lauryn has obviously gone through some profound changes and it shows on this album. Her voice is unreal, even better than when she was in the stuio. The album is amazing and is wonderful to just sit back and relax to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is incredible. I watched her performance and it was so touching. My girl loves God and her man and herself and it's seen through her records. She's like a social politician which is great. She should run for office. If her lyrics were her platform, I'd vote for her. She speaks truth. God Bless You L-Boogie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is awesome. her message is so true. i hope that when people hear this, they take what she's saying to heart. i can't wait for her next work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent sopomore effort from the true queen of hip-hop. She has redefined herself and her music. Not only has she grown but she allows her fans to grow up with her by taking them on her journey she went through these past couple of years. She is living proof that you can own the world and still not be happy. I am extremly grateful to her for releasing this album as is, it shows her realness and willingness to connect with her fans. Thankyou Lauryn and we love you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD TAKES YOU ON A MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PEACE, DELIVERANCE, AND HOPE. LAURYN'S UNPLUGGED, IS A CRY OUT AGAINST CALAMITY, MENTAL BONDAGE, AND TRUTH. SHE BOLDLY GOES WHERE NO OTHER ARTIST DARE GO; INTO REALITY. THIS CD IS NOT ONLY MUSIC IT IS A TESTIMONIAL PRODIGY OF CHANGE, AND GROWTH. MTV UNPLUGGED NO.2.0 IS AN UPHEAVEL OF A SUCCESS, NOT TO BE MEASURED, OR COMPARED TO ANY OTHER CONTEMPORARY ARTIST TODAY. HILL SHARES TRYING, AND IN-YOUR-FACE PHILOSOPHIES, VERY EVIDENT ON TRACKS LIKE ''ADAM LIVES IN THEORY'', ''I FIND IT HARD TO SAY (REBEL)'' AND ''I GET OUT.'' THIS IS THE MASTERPEICE OF A MILLENNIUM. EVERY WORD LEAVES YOU YEARNING TO GROW, YEARNING TO LIVE, AND LIVING TO LOVE. THANK GOD FOR THE REDEMPTION OF LAURYN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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