The Real Thing: Words And Sounds, Vol. 3

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The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol.3

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With The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, Jill Scott may well have put out the hottest album of the year. And that has nothing to do with sales figures.

The Real Thing, written and released in the aftermath of her divorce, is an incredibly personal album of songs. Scott lays her soul bare and takes listeners through the many stages of the heart, from lust and longing to loneliness and loss. There's a lot of heat coming off of this disc, and the best part is, every bit of it is generated from a place that feels completely real.

She opens with a snippet of music called "Let It Be" that lasts less than two minutes before diving into the title track and getting right to the heart of the music. Like the others that follow it, "The Real Thing" is a straightforward, cut-to-the-chase kind of song. It's soulful and sexy, giving a very specific rundown of what she has to offer -- and what she expects in return.

The variety of sounds that Scott explores may surprise fans -- but the surprises are all pleasant. The first single, "Hate On Me," is a power-packed bluesy number that blows out the speakers while letting loose a few previously pent-up emotions. From there, she wanders into softer, sexier ground with songs like the suggestive "Crown Royal," which compares a good man to a good drink, the wistful "Insomnia" and the smooth, sultry, "Only You." On "Come See Me," she throws out a smooth, R&B-flavored invitation that seems impossible to refuse.

But Scott also ventures into some brand new ground with some help from producer/co-writer Scott Storch on "Epiphany," which lets her break into rap territory. She's comfortable with the new sound, and it fits her well enough that it could hint at new directions for her future.

Those who are looking for something revealing about her failed marriage will find it in "My Love." Directed to her former love, she doesn't beg for him to come back so much as she points out what he's missing. There's a definite undercurrent of pain and sadness, but her overriding message is about self-pride rather than self-pity. She hits on a similar theme with "How It Make You Feel," which is the perfect blend of attitude and ability. Smooth and seductive, she makes the pain sound better than heartache ever should.

The Real Thing is a serious album, but Scott offers a timely slice of humor on "Celibacy Blues." As she wrestles with one of the side effects of a crumbling marriage -- sleeping alone -- she turns it into a bluesy lament that every woman has been able to sing at one time or another in her life.

She caps it off with the bonus track "Family Reunion," a live version of a song from her 2004 album, Beautifully Human. It's a fun play-by-play of a family gathering that gives a nice, playful ending to the disc.

The Real Thing could be considered the ultimate album for the single woman -- it's smart, it's sexy and it captures all the elements and emotions of daily romantic struggles. Scott has truly outdone herself this time around -- something she seems to be making a practice of doing -- and has crafted a disc that shouldn't be missed.

About this item

With The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, Jill Scott may well have put out the hottest album of the year. And that has nothing to do with sales figures.

The Real Thing, written and released in the aftermath of her divorce, is an incredibly personal album of songs. Scott lays her soul bare and takes listeners through the many stages of the heart, from lust and longing to loneliness and loss. There's a lot of heat coming off of this disc, and the best part is, every bit of it is generated from a place that feels completely real.

She opens with a snippet of music called "Let It Be" that lasts less than two minutes before diving into the title track and getting right to the heart of the music. Like the others that follow it, "The Real Thing" is a straightforward, cut-to-the-chase kind of song. It's soulful and sexy, giving a very specific rundown of what she has to offer -- and what she expects in return.

The variety of sounds that Scott explores may surprise fans -- but the surprises are all pleasant. The first single, "Hate On Me," is a power-packed bluesy number that blows out the speakers while letting loose a few previously pent-up emotions. From there, she wanders into softer, sexier ground with songs like the suggestive "Crown Royal," which compares a good man to a good drink, the wistful "Insomnia" and the smooth, sultry, "Only You." On "Come See Me," she throws out a smooth, R&B-flavored invitation that seems impossible to refuse.

But Scott also ventures into some brand new ground with some help from producer/co-writer Scott Storch on "Epiphany," which lets her break into rap territory. She's comfortable with the new sound, and it fits her well enough that it could hint at new directions for her future.

Those who are looking for something revealing about her failed marriage will find it in "My Love." Directed to her former love, she doesn't beg for him to come back so much as she points out what he's missing. There's a definite undercurrent of pain and sadness, but her overriding message is about self-pride rather than self-pity. She hits on a similar theme with "How It Make You Feel," which is the perfect blend of attitude and ability. Smooth and seductive, she makes the pain sound better than heartache ever should.

The Real Thing is a serious album, but Scott offers a timely slice of humor on "Celibacy Blues." As she wrestles with one of the side effects of a crumbling marriage -- sleeping alone -- she turns it into a bluesy lament that every woman has been able to sing at one time or another in her life.

She caps it off with the bonus track "Family Reunion," a live version of a song from her 2004 album, Beautifully Human. It's a fun play-by-play of a family gathering that gives a nice, playful ending to the disc.

The Real Thing could be considered the ultimate album for the single woman -- it's smart, it's sexy and it captures all the elements and emotions of daily romantic struggles. Scott has truly outdone herself this time around -- something she seems to be making a practice of doing -- and has crafted a disc that shouldn't be missed.

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Artist: Jill Scott
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0089409600132
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Track Listing

1. Let It Be
2. Real Thing
3. Hate on Me
4. Come See Me
5. Crown Royal
6. Epiphany
7. My Love
8. Insomnia
9. How It Make You Feel
10. Only You
11. Whenever You're Around
12. Celibacy Blues
13. All I
14. Wanna Be Loved
15. Breathe
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1/28/2008

Customer review by Deirdre0922

5.0 stars 1/28/2008 by Deirdre0922
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Jill always puts out a quality product! SHe pours her heart and soul in to every note. If you need to cleanse your soul, pick this up today!

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Deirdre0922
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Age:35 - 44
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More than meets the Eye...
3/2/2008

Customer review by msTwife38

5.0 stars 3/2/2008 by msTwife38
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My son brought me this CD back in Oct 07. Listened to it on several occasions and thought it was the best CD she has put out. She's truthful and most of all she is real....She lets her listeners know that she is only human too and she goes through what all of us has gone through at one time or another.

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msTwife38
NPT, VA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:5 - 6 months
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
She's Back
11/27/2007

Customer review by SweetT1

5.0 stars 11/27/2007 by SweetT1
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Love the CD. There are songs to match whatever mood you are in with that same laid back feel that only Jill Scott has. This is worth adding to your rotation.

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SweetT1
Dallas
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
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