Jill Scott

New Releases 6/21/11 - Miss Scott If Your Nasty!

 Bon Iver - Bon Iver

So the giant release this week would seem to be Bon Iver's self titled second album, Bon Iver. I wrote a 1000+ words reviewing the damn thing (you can read that review here) so there's no way I'm gonna right more, so I'll sum it up like this. Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel. Peter Gabriel. Bad 80's song. And yes, it's still one of the best albums of the year so far.

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Jill Scott - The Light Of the Sun

Awwwww yeah. Lookout Lauren Hill, because Jill Scott went and got educated and is creeping up on ya. Soulful, complex, jazzy, funky and dirty when it's gotta be, The Light of The Sun takes cues from Hill, Ms. Janet and last years wunderkind, Janelle Monae, and blows out a sound that laughs in the face of the bad R&B it threatens to become as if to say, "This is how it's done". To say anymore would actually be doing the album a disservice, as part of the fun is discovering where it will go next. Suffice to say, if you can make it through this musical exploration of life, and love in Ms. Scott's world without blushing at least once, then you must be made of stone. This is our pick for the week and one listen will tell you why.

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 Liam Finn - FOMO

Rounding out the top picks for the week is the latest from Liam, spawn of Neil, Finn. You'd think people would get tired of pointing that little fact out, but when they younger Finn is eschewing so closely to the elder's previous work, it's sort of impossible to ignore. That's OK though because if you are setting the bar that high and are consistently hitting that bar, then what is there really to complain about? Fomo  isn't quite as exciting as 2008's I'll Be Lightning, but it definitely has it's charms. If you are a fan of Liam Finn at all then there's a good chance you already have this record in your possession, and if not then it's something you need to check out especially if it's the first you've heard from this musically gifted family.

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Daily Listen: Jill Scott - So Gone (What My Mind Says)

Picking up where Prince left off, Jill Scott gets, well, dirty on this track. It wouldn't be enough to be emulating the very best of the late 80's slow jams with a straight face. NO! Miss Scott had to take it there, and take it there she does.

I'll be honest, this song, actually, this entire album is so far outside my wheelhouse that I don't even know why I put it on this morning. But I'm glad that I did, because The Light Of The Sun transcends all of its less than stellar influences to become something that none of those albums could really pull of; it’s dead sexy.

It's not often that I'll praise an album for having that quality, but in the case it's the only appropriate complement. Sweet, funky, sensual, and on this track, dirrrrrrty, it's an unexpected gem in this years largely lackluster list of releases. So go ahead and press play...just try not to blush too much.


Jill Scott - So Gone (What My Mind Says)

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