Color Ms. Hill bold and brave. On this, her first collection of new music since 1998's multi-Grammy Award-winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the former Fugees frontwoman steps into the spotlight

Color Ms. Hill bold and brave. On this, her first collection of new music since 1998's multi-Grammy Award-winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the former Fugees frontwoman steps into the spotlight, with acoustic guitar in hand, and delivers one incredibly potent—albeit perplexing—performance. Encompassing 13 songs and seven spoken-word interludes, the two-disc set is guaranteed to surprise many, particularly during those moments when Hill shares personal thoughts ("I don't consider myself a performer anymore") and rails against the music industry. In the process of exorcising her demons, Hill may confuse more than a few fans. Self-indulgent? For sure. Hypocritical? Well, chances are good she wouldn't have been able to make this album were it not for her "earlier career." All this said, Unplugged does have its fair share of golden nuggets, most notably "Just Want You Around," "Just Like Water," "I Get Out," and "I Gotta Find Peace of Mind."—MP

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