Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3

Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3

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by Jill Scott

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Jill Scott returns with the sass and edge that marked her breakthrough debut -- as the single "Hate On Me" makes clear. The Real Thing documents her recent divorce and artistic rebirth.See more details below


Jill Scott returns with the sass and edge that marked her breakthrough debut -- as the single "Hate On Me" makes clear. The Real Thing documents her recent divorce and artistic rebirth.

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The photos on the cover and within the booklet of The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3 do not match the music. Does Jill Scott really have to hail a cab? Is she really awakened in the middle of the night by the need to write songs with an anguished look on her face? Really? Because these songs sound like they were written as she was fed chocolate-dipped strawberries while sprawled out on a bed cloaked with rose petals. Well, that's not entirely true -- there are some exceptions, like the furious "Hate on Me," and a couple songs involving deep heartache and sharp admonishments. For the most part (and considerably more so than Scott's first two studio albums), however, The Real Thing is for romancing couples. While some of the collaborators -- Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Adam Blackstone -- are all over the singer's past releases, there's a handful of relatively new and significant associates, most notably JR Hutson. (Presumably the son of '70s soul great Leroy Hutson, he is listed as "L. Hutson, Jr." in the songwriting credits.) Hutson and Scott co-wrote four of the album's sweetest and steamiest songs, most of which have a few things in common with mid-'70s albums involving any combination of Minnie Riperton, Leon Ware, and Marvin Gaye. 4hero's "Les Fleurs" cover aside, "Come See Me" is the closest anyone has come to channeling Minnie, updating the slowest, most sensual sides of Perfect Angel and Adventures in Paradise. On the other hand, "Crown Royal" maintains that gooey, slightly sleazed-out sound of Marvin's I Want You while dispensing with the double entendres of that touchstone; Scott gets as erotic as ever, even raunchy at points, while making it all sound like poetry instead of straight smut. It's almost like she heard Janet Jackson's Damita Jo and figured, "Yeah, that's nice, but I can do it about ten times better."
Billboard - Gail Mitchell
Those jealous of her fame and career are summarily dismissed on the rock-edged "Hate on Me," while she channels old-school hip-hop on the revealing "Epiphany."

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Hidden Beach

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Scott   Primary Artist
Dennis Brown   Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer,Soloist
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Kevin Hanson   Guitar
Om'Mas Keith   Background Vocals
Jason Freeman   Strings,fender rhodes
Jae Deal   Bass
Shafiq Husayn   Bass,Background Vocals
Adam Blackstone   Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Musician
George "Spanky" McCurdy   Drums
Omari Shabazz   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve McKie   Musician
J.R. Hutson   Drums,fender rhodes,Musician
Jarius Mozee   Guitar
Khari Mateen   Bass,Musician
Chinah Blac   Background Vocals
Matt Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Tyrone Benjamin Goldstein   Musician
Kevin Jeeter   Drums

Technical Credits

Randy Bowland   Producer
Steve McKeever   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Scott Spencer Storch   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Ruiz   Engineer
Bruce Walker   Marketing
Om'Mas Keith   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Jamar Jones   Composer,String Arrangements
Jill Scott   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Vidal Davis   Producer,Audio Production
C. Harris   Producer
Jacob J. Gold   Producer
Dale Voelker   Art Direction
John Hanes   Engineer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Shafiq Husayn   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Orchestration
Adam Blackstone   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Frank Sutton   Engineer
Andrew "Radar" Harris   Producer
James Murray   Engineer
Omari Shabazz   Producer
Steve McKie   Producer
Mike Tsarfati   Engineer
J.R. Hutson   Producer,Audio Production
Khari Mateen   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Abduology   Producer
Ivan Brailsford   Art Direction,Marketing
Vincent Dilornez   Engineer
Taurean Joiner   Marketing
Jesse Owenz   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
C. "Spaun" Reeves   Producer

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