The Light of the Sun

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Jill Scott has been through many changes since 2007's The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3: a divorce, a brief but intense love affair that produced a child, acting roles in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? and Hounddog, her starring role in HBO's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and signing with Warner Bros. The Light of the Sun is a record of the rocky road to empowerment. Scott and Lee Hutson, Jr. are the album's executive producers; they also collaborate in songwriting and arrangements on numerous selections. Opener "Blessed," produced by Dre & Vidal, kicks it off in slippery, hip-hop soul style; a harp, strings, and a fluttering dubwise bassline ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Jill Scott has been through many changes since 2007's The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3: a divorce, a brief but intense love affair that produced a child, acting roles in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? and Hounddog, her starring role in HBO's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and signing with Warner Bros. The Light of the Sun is a record of the rocky road to empowerment. Scott and Lee Hutson, Jr. are the album's executive producers; they also collaborate in songwriting and arrangements on numerous selections. Opener "Blessed," produced by Dre & Vidal, kicks it off in slippery, hip-hop soul style; a harp, strings, and a fluttering dubwise bassline underscore the shuffling rhythm. Scott expresses spoken and sung gratitude for and about her new baby, career, life, and support system. Poetry and song are woven with elegance in a nocturnal groove. The hit pre-release single "So in Love," produced by Kelvin Wooten, is a modern Philly soul fan's dream, with its lithe, fingerpopping bassline, shimmering drums, and seeming bliss arising between Scott and Anthony Hamilton, who turn in a grand duet performance. "Shame" (featuring Eve & the A Group), is grand, old-school funk with killer backing vocals that range from P-Funk-esque vocal choruses to doo wop with sampled classic ska as Scott raps defiantly with Eve. One of the sleepers on the set is the stunning "La Boom Vent Suite," a sultry number produced by Scott and Hutson. It's a militant, funky soul, kiss-off tune, that declares: "I've been waiting for so long/but somebody else has been sniffing at my dress." "Hear My Call" is literally a prayer for healing; with its elegantly arranged strings, it's as heartfelt and humble as desperate need can be. There is one misstep here: "So Gone (What My Mind Says)" didn't require Paul Wall's tired, generic, boastful rapping to work. That said, the rhythm collision with human beatbox Doug E. Fresh on "All Cried Out Redux," complete with ragtime piano sample, is a novelty number that works. After the album's first third, it's all Scott, and (mostly) all sublime. The sparsely produced "Quick" (produced by Wayne Campbell) records the heartbreak in the brief relationship that produced her son. "Making You Wait" is another self-determination anthem that addresses romance, with spacious Rhodes and synth strings weaving beats together. Scott lays down the spoken word "Womanifesto" that recalls the poetry of her early career, just before the steamy, sexual "Rolling Hills" touches on jazz, blues, and late-'70s soul with effortless ease to close it. On The Light of the Sun, Scott sounds more in control than ever; her spoken and sung phrasing (now a trademark), songwriting, and production instincts are all solid. This is 21st century Philly soul at its best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Blues Babe Records
  • UPC: 093624957270
  • Catalog Number: 527941
  • Sales rank: 26,236

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blessed (3:28)
  2. 2 So in Love (4:36)
  3. 3 Shame - The A Group (3:33)
  4. 4 All Cried out Redux (2:59)
  5. 5 Le Boom Vent Suite (9:01)
  6. 6 So Gone (What My Mind Says) (4:40)
  7. 7 Hear My Call (3:48)
  8. 8 Some Other Time (2:18)
  9. 9 Quick (1:50)
  10. 10 Making You Wait (4:08)
  11. 11 Until Then (I Imagine) (3:41)
  12. 12 Missing You (4:13)
  13. 13 When I Wake Up (4:13)
  14. 14 Womanifesto (2:03)
  15. 15 Rolling Hills (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jill Scott Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar, Guitar (7 String Electric)
Peter Nocella Viola
Emma Kummrow Violin
Kelvin Wooten Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Aaron Draper Percussion, Background Vocals
Adam Blackstone Bass, Electric Bass, Keyboards
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
George "Spanky" McCurdy Drums
Corte Ellis Background Vocals
J.R. Hutson scratching, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Michelle Bishop Violin
John Roberts Drums, Horn
Eric Wortham Keyboards
Donald Hayes Horn
Ric'key Pageot Keyboards
Yameen Allworld Background Vocals
Charles Parker Violin
Paris Strother Keyboards
Luis Eric Horn
"V" Roane Background Vocals
James Darrell Robinson Drums
The A Group Background Vocals
Jairus Mozee Bass, Guitar
Ayana Webb Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Full Force Composer
Randy Bowland Composer, Producer
Larry Gold String Arrangements, String Conductor
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Bruce Irvine Engineer
Karl Jenkins Composer
Glen Marchese Engineer
Dré Producer
Anthony Hamilton Composer
Kelvin Wooten Composer, Producer, drum programming
Andre Harris Composer, Engineer
Sean Cooper Sound Design
Warryn Campbell Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Jill Scott Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Art Direction
Vidal Davis Composer
Vidal Producer
Eric Rousseau Sound Design
Bruce Buechner Engineer
Montez Roberts Engineer
Adam Blackstone Composer, Producer
George "Spanky" McCurdy Composer, Producer
Ashaunna Ayars Marketing
Sean Tallman Engineer
J.R. Hutson Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Khari Mateen Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Vanessa Parr Engineer
Luke Burland Publicity
Tim Reid Marketing
Brandon Kilgour Engineer
Eve Jeffers Composer
Nathaniel Alford Engineer
Lee Hutson Jr. Composer
Eric Wortham Composer, Producer
Paul Slayton Composer
Ric'key Pageot Composer
Chris Chambers Publicity
Sherlen Archibald Publicity
Paris Strother Composer
Phillip "Logann" Scott III Engineer
Barry Moody Composer
James Chul Rim Engineer, Vocal Engineer
James Darrell Robinson Composer, Producer
Jairus Mozee Composer
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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    Not Thirsty Enough.......

    Now that Jill has a family and is in love, her music is missing her thirst. In her other cds, you could feel her hunger for affection and love. She has it now, and it shows. I enjoyed the first track, but then its almost as if she just threw something together to get the cd out. Sounds rushed. Track 5 & 6 starts to reflect the smooth old Jill Scott returning. I wouldn't have released it just quiet yet. disappointing!

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