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Review: Jill Scott, The Real Thing Words and Sounds Vol. 3

Jill Scott is a talented woman who has been attracting a good deal of critical paise for her singing, songwriting and acting since her first album “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1” was released in jill scott2000.  Her third album in the series, “The Real Thing” has received more than its share of positive reviews.  I’m afraid I’m not hearing it.

“The Real Thing” is a collection of songs that sound less like an attempt to make music than a machine tooled product designed to fill the music slot in the lives of people who define themselves in terms of the brands of the clothes and shoes they wear, the handbags they carry, and the cosmetics they use.  “The Real Thing” sounds like a lifestyle accoutrement for the people whose understanding of human relationships comes from Oprah and Dr. Phil.  Musicianship and arrangments are pro-tooled settings for Scott’s often breathy and dramatically emotional sung / spoken lyrics.  It’s like something an ad agency whips up as auditory background for the product in a TV ad.

I’m clearly deaf to whatever charms “The Real Thing” might possess and just as clearly am not part of the audience the album was manufactured for.  If it sounds like you are part of this audience, the positive reviews the album has received in the music press are more likely to capture what you hear on the CD.  However, if you find that your tastes in music are more or less in agreement with mine, especially with regard to female vocalists like Annie Lennox, Alice SmithSharon Jones, or Amy Winehouse, avoid “The Real Thing”.

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04/15/2008 - Posted by | music

1 Comment »

  1. Your review couldn’t be any more wrong. Did you even bother listening to the album? The Real Thing is one of the best records out there and is brimming with creativity and originality unlike most of today’s music.

    “I’m clearly deaf to whatever charms “The Real Thing” might possess and just as clearly am not part of the audience the album was manufactured for. If it sounds like you are part of this audience, the positive reviews the album has received in the music press are more likely to capture what you hear on the CD. However, if you find that your tastes in music are more or less in agreement with mine, especially with regard to female vocalists like Annie Lennox, Alice Smith, Sharon Jones, or Amy Winehouse, avoid “The Real Thing”.”

    Snooty, aren’t we?

    Comment by RM | 03/20/2010 | Reply


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