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The Light of the Sun feels like the sort of album made by someone who's busy doing something else: in Jill Scott's case her acting, bringing up her child and recovering from a broken heart. This doesn't mean, however, that it feels as if her music is taking second place to all these other matters. In fact, the album feels like the rush of somebody being able to celebrate/commiserate while on the run. Hence the album has a looseness, an unfinished air, and it revels in its spontaneity. There is studio chatter and laughter left on the tape, capturing a freewheeling vibe. Opener Blessed is a lovely, touching tribute to her son - with lines such as "I love the studio, but I love him more," it is a sincere celebration of motherhood. So In Love, a sweet and sprightly duet with Anthony Hamilton, is sun-kissed radio-friendly soul that references the past and showcases her beautiful voice.
Shame, which features Eve, works with a soupcon of the goodtime bluebeat of Shame, Shame, Shame by Shirley & Company and gives it a killer shuffle. Doug E. Fresh, the human beatbox, pops up on Scott's sassy street strut All Cried Out Redux. Missing You has a wafting insouciance that has the makings of becoming a quiet-storm classic; this lazy vibe is continued on When I Wake Up. Womanifesto is incredible: it takes the listener back to her poet roots, outlining the attributes of womanhood with a sassy rap.
There is a real sadness here too, though. Hear My Call is where Scott's mask of positivity slips. It is a straight prayer, which sounds not unlike Kate Bush or Prince at their most pensive. Quick ("The way it happened / The way you left me") reflects on the breakdown of her relationship; yet a song of such pathos is delivered with a sprightly jazz bounce to sugar the pill, and clocks in at just under 2 minutes.
At times The Light of the Sun veers towards self-indulgence, and some of its ideas are not fully followed through. On the whole, however, it is a rather lovely, emotional album that provides a beguiling snapshot of the current life of Jill Scott. --Daryl Easlea
Import only compilation focusing on the greatest romantic hits that the legendary soul diva cut since the '80s, mostly for RCA. 17 tracks, including her smash duet 'Endless Love' with Lionel Richie, plus her top 10 remake of 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love', Ross' top 20 dedication to Marvin Gaye, 'Missing You' and the top 40 hit 'So Close'. EMI.
Emotions is the second studio album by American singer Mariah Carey, released in the United States on September 17, 1991 by Columbia Records. It is primarily composed of strong ballads and dance music - written by Carey herself, Walter Afanasieff, Clivills & Cole (of C+C Music Factory), and Carole King. The title track became Carey's fifth consecutive number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first artist to achieve this feat.
Friends Can Be Lovers is an album recorded by Dionne Warwick, her tenth for the Arista label. It was recorded in 1992 and was released in January 26,1993. It failed to chart on any Billboard listings. The album was executive produced by Clive Davis. It was released in early 1993 and features the single "Where My Lips Have Been". The single reached #95 on the R&B singles chart. The album also features the song "Love Will Find a Way", a duet with her late cousin Whitney Houston. Read more on Last.fm.
Maxwell's long-awaited and much-delayed fourth studio album 'Black', his first for eight years, is the follow-up to 2001's 'Now' and the first in a projected trilogy called 'BlackSummers' Night'. Maxwell has long been a favourite among fans of neo-soul, eschewing hype and the limelight in favour of simply making good records. The single 'Pretty Wings' gives a good indication of where he is at on this album, channeling Al Green over a relaxed yet sultry groove that sounds simultaneously classic and ultra-modern.
The Rapture Tour is a concert tour and the first headlining tour by American recording artist Anita Baker in support of her hit multi-platinum album Rapture. The tour started in mid-March of 1986, visiting several cities throughout North America and Europe. In 1987, Baker kicked off a North America second leg trek, which included seven dates in Los Angeles at the Beverly Theatre in January, including two and three-night dates in Merrillville, Indiana, New York City, and Miami, Florida. Read more on Last.fm.
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