A VERY SOULFUL ALBUM FROM A SOULFUL WOMAN

ALBUM TITLE                        :        WOMAN

ARTIST                                   :        JILL SCOTT

GENRE                                    :        R AND B / POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

You do not need to have an IQ of more than 140 in order to decipher what this album is all about.  She won’t be the first time to tackle woman’s issues in a single album but it is interesting to discover how she would tackle these issues in a  song.  The first song in this record is a reggae infused track dealing with ladies whose only fault is that they easily fall to predators thinking that romance will elevate them to a certain status.

You will notice that Jill Scott has a knack of playing with words.  While the issues are considered as trite but she was able to compose lyrics that are very direct and hit your heart directly.  For example, in the track “Prepared,” she was talking about spiritual preparation but she used words that devoid of any hypocrisy thus, it sounds natural not snobbish. “Run Run Run” tells about how a mother will do anything for her child and she sings it passionately that your brain will paint the images she sung in this track.

The only problem with lyrics that are not so poetic and direct at that, it can sound funny at times. For example, in “Lighthouse,” you feel that this track is out of place with lyrics like; “I am your shelter; You’re safe from harm; Tornado, Lightning, Hurricane; Can’t get by me; Come under my love; Feel the energy; Let go; Lay your burdens down.” The whole stanza feels like a mantra written by a love struck high school student not by a woman of experiences.

The whole album is all about how deprive women are in terms of relationship. It tells about how society plays double standard when it comes to mistakes.  It also tells how women try to take control of their life but just do not have the right support to do it.  In other words, despite feministic efforts, little has been achieved all these years.  This is what this album is all about.

This is a great album musically and somehow lyrically.  The vocal performances are steady, soulful, and sincere.  You won’t find here screaming ballads but instead soothing songs that will make you really understand woman problems.

Thus, this album deserves a 4 stars rating.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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