The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [Vinyl Classics]

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The Fugees' Lauryn Hill turns her debut solo album into a life-affirming evocation of love and all the ups and downs that go with it. Mixing in a little bit of pop and straight R&B with the dominating hip-hop, =Miseducation= plays like one long narrative on the joy of spiritual and physical devotion. While its sprawling theme and length are comparable to Fugee bandmate Wyclef Jean's debut from the previous year, =The Carnival,= its borders are a bit more confining a lot of this has to do with the grade-school lessons on the history of love that bridge the songs; Hill rarely moves beyond its scholarly walls or her own musical ones. And, quite simply, Hill is a better rapper than singer, and she does a little too...
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The Fugees' Lauryn Hill turns her debut solo album into a life-affirming evocation of love and all the ups and downs that go with it. Mixing in a little bit of pop and straight R&B with the dominating hip-hop, =Miseducation= plays like one long narrative on the joy of spiritual and physical devotion. While its sprawling theme and length are comparable to Fugee bandmate Wyclef Jean's debut from the previous year, =The Carnival,= its borders are a bit more confining a lot of this has to do with the grade-school lessons on the history of love that bridge the songs; Hill rarely moves beyond its scholarly walls or her own musical ones. And, quite simply, Hill is a better rapper than singer, and she does a little too much crooning on =Miseducation= to qualify it as the hip-hop classic it wants to be. Still, when she gets into a groove, like on the playful "Doo Wop That Thing," Hill's education doesn't seem all that misguided. ~ Michael Gallucci, All-Music Guide
All Music Guide - John Bush
Though the Fugees had been wildly successful, and Lauryn Hill had been widely recognized as a key to their popularity, few were prepared for her stunning debut. The social heart of the group and its most talented performer, she tailored The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill not as a crossover record but as a collection of overtly personal and political statements; nevertheless, it rocketed to the top of the album charts and made her a superstar. Also, and most importantly, it introduced to the wider pop world an astonishingly broad talent. Hill's verses were intelligent and hardcore, with the talent to rank up there with Method Man. And for the choruses she could move from tough to smooth in a flash, with a vocal prowess that allowed her to be her own chanteuse à la Mariah Carey. Hill, of Haitian heritage, rhymed in a tough Caribbean patois on the opener, "Lost Ones," wasting little time to excoriate her former bandmates and/or record-label executives for caving in to commercial success. She used a feature for Carlos Santana "To Zion" to explain how her child comes before her career and found a hit single with "Doo Wop That Thing," an intelligent dissection of the sex game that saw it from both angles. "Superstar" took to task musicians with more emphasis on the bottom line than making great music perhaps another Fugees nod, while her collaborations with a pair of sympathetic R&B superstars D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige also paid major dividends. And if her performing talents, vocal range, and songwriting smarts weren't enough, Hill also produced much of the record, ranging from stun-gun hip-hop to smoother R&B with little trouble. Though it certainly didn't sound like a crossover record, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill affected so many widely varying audiences that it's no surprise the record became a commercial hit as well as a musical epoch-maker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2004
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • EAN: 5099748984357
  • Catalog Number: 4898435

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lauryn Hill Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Earl Robinson Background Vocals
Sabrina Johnston Background Vocals
Don-E Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Tom Barney Bass
Bud Beadle Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Kenny O. Bobien Background Vocals
Rudy Byrd Percussion
Francis Dunnery Guitar
Paul Fakhourie Bass
Loris Holland Organ, Clarinet, Piano, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
James Poyser Organ, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Moog Bass
Kevin Robinson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Eddie Stockley Background Vocals
Ramon Rivera Background Vocals
Julian Marley Guitar
Carlos Santana Guitar
Chuck Young Background Vocals
Robert Browne Guitar
Grace Paradise Harp
Johari Newton Guitar
Tejumold Newton Piano
Stewart Zender Bass
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Fundisha Johnson Background Vocals
Everol Ray Trumpet
Andrea Simmons Background Vocals
Matthew Rubano Bass
Jared "Chocolate" Crawford Drums
Ahmed Wallace Background Vocals
Jenni Fujita Background Vocals
Joe "Flip" Wilson Piano
Tara Watkins Background Vocals
Chris Meredith Bass
Rachel Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Herb Powers Mastering
James Poyser Additional Music, Contribution
Tony Prendatt Engineer
Warren Riker Engineer
Matt Howe Engineer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Lauryn Hill Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Chris Theis Engineer
Ken Johnston Engineer
Tejumold Newton Contribution
Vada Nobles Programming, Producer, drum programming
Storm Jefferson Engineer
Devon Kirkpatrick Digital Editing
Johnny Wyndrx Engineer
Che Guevara Programming, Producer, drum programming
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