The Light of the Sun

The Light of the Sun

by Jill ScottJill Scott


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Blues Babe Records
UPC: 0093624957270
catalogNumber: 527941
Rank: 89472

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Scott   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Randy Bowland   Guitar,Guitar (7 String Electric)
Donald Hayes   Horn
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
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
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
Bruce Irvine   Engineer
Karl Jenkins   Composer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Dré   Producer
Anthony Hamilton   Composer
Kelvin Wooten   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Andre Harris   Composer,Engineer
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   Composer
Eric Wortham   Composer,Producer
Paul Slayton   Composer
Ric'key Pageot   Composer
Chris Chambers   Publicity
Sherlen Archibald   Publicity
Paris Strother   Composer
Phillip "Logann" Scott   Engineer
Barry Moody   Composer
James Chul Rim   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
James Darrell Robinson   Composer,Producer
Jairus Mozee   Composer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design

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