Review - Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. I

Artist: Jill Scott

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Jill Scott may be the next movement in music. Her debut, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. I," funks with hip-hop, poetry, deep soul and melodrama. Scott and her production team -- which includes DJ Jazzy Jeff -- do poetry a service by spoon-feeding easy grooves and subtle deliveries to the listener. The love-found-and-run-amok missives of "Love Rain" descend on the psyche, and the message hits home more thoroughly than the typical love song. Likewise, the numerology experiment Scott uses to establish her own uniqueness on "One Is the Magic #" is an intelligent tease.

There are moments on "Who Is Jill Scott?" when the singer sounds like she's pushing too hard. On "The Way," the clever wordplay is almost lost because of the nasal delivery. And "He Loves Me" is straight-up R&B that is good but clashes against the poetic landscape of the rest of the CD. Regardless, Scott's introduction is triumphant because it represents singers and wordsmiths alike.

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