Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 (2004) Jill Scott, Philly soul's premier vocal stylist, mostly sticks to the jazzy script of her smash debut, 2000's "Words and Sounds Vol. 1," again offering… 2004-08-31 Jill Scott R&B
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Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 (2004)

BEAM US UP, SCOTT Jill offers another set of jazzy grooves
Image credit: Jill Scott: Keith Major
BEAM US UP, SCOTT Jill offers another set of jazzy grooves

Details Release Date: Aug 31, 2004; Lead Performance: Jill Scott; Genre: R&B

Jill Scott, Philly soul's premier vocal stylist, mostly sticks to the jazzy script of her smash debut, 2000's ''Words and Sounds Vol. 1,'' again offering a cohesive collection of slow-burning love grooves and self-empowerment anthems. But Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 also features more nods to far-flung influences like Sarah Vaughan and Minnie Riperton, showcasing Scott's nimble fluency in dynamics. She's as comfortable sighing like a muted horn as she is wailing in big-band fashion -- though it's the infusion of tenderness in her homespun tales that seals the CD's lasting appeal. Take ''Family Reunion,'' a fairly uneventful '70s R&B loop that ultimately proves itself a quiet charmer thanks to Scott's detailed family snapshot of rumbling cousins, a drink-happy aunt, delicious green potato salad, and Frankie Beverly blasting from the stereo. With such sumptuous incantations, Scott is less singer-songwriter than sorceress.

Originally posted Aug 30, 2004 Published in issue #781 Sep 03, 2004 Order article reprints