Jill Scott introduced herself in 2000 with the impressive "Who Is Jill Scott?—Words and Sounds Vol 1." This follow-up finds the socially aware artist reflecting on love, infidelity, feminine po

Jill Scott introduced herself in 2000 with the impressive "Who Is Jill Scott?—Words and Sounds Vol 1." This follow-up finds the socially aware artist reflecting on love, infidelity, feminine power and family. While Scott pays homage to such '70s stalwarts as Maze and Minnie Riperton (first single "Golden"), she also stretches out musically, embracing the jazz roots she flirted with on her debut. At the same time, her poetic talent for moment-etching lyrics is as sharp as ever. You can hear it on "Family Reunion"—whose foundation is the 1973 Escorts tune "Look Over Your Shoulder"—and "Whatever," where she eloquently captures the lingering afterglow following a night of inspired passion. Though not every track works (the real-life drama of "Rasool" appears incongruous in this particular groove-minded setting), Scott still remains at the top of her game.—GM

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