The Light of the Sun
(Blues Babe Records)
With a career like Jill Scott’s its most apropos her first single on her new album, The Light of the Sun, gives gratitude over a sweltering sparkling push of swimmy mellowed out harmonies and shuffling percussion. Scott has always been a powerful mix of wildly dashing sensuality, rhythm and blues and her soul-piercing voice. When she just wants to leave it at spoken word, she continues to further enchant. Actress and three time Grammy winner, Scott, born in Philadelphia, continues to amaze. The earthy sensuality yet with a sense of rejection on “Le Boom Vent Suite,” plumes with a heady efficacy layered in drums and simmering guitar riffs. With singer Anthony Hamilton on “So In Love,” both abound in this up-tempo jam, feel good party track. “All Cried Out Redux” is awesomely cushioned by Doug E. Fresh’s beat boxing. Rapper Paul Wall adds to the raw sexiness on “So Gone (What My Mind Says).” “Hear My Call” is a letter to God. Huge and gorgeous, it almost seems plucked from a Broadway musical as an opening number from a lead character frozen and hurt by love. Scott sings, “Love has burned me raw, I need your healing.”
Uneven and glorious, Scott manages to evolve even further than ever between vintage soul to sonnets to funk grooves to the upbeat art-rock feel of “Some Other Time.” The jagged guitar riff is witty and unexpected yet perfect. Whether or not Scott is writing from the perspective of a sensual woman listing her desires, insecure and heartbroken or having fun or a confidant through heartbreak, she plays each character as a multidimensional unforgettable sentiment that lingers long after the record ends, staying true to her rhythm roots and an evolution that is limitless.