Jill Scott made a triumphant return to the world of music in 2015 and delivered one of the biggest highlights of the year with her fifth album, Woman. Described as “classic Philly soul meets country rhythm served with captivating storytelling,” the album is a rapturous collection of love songs, humor, sister girl moments and longing reflection. Or, to put it plainly, everything we’ve come to expect from Jilly from Philly.
She got us excited with the bluesy buzz single “You Don’t Know,” hit us with that straight R&B on “Fools Gold” and had us humming like a heavy praying woman on “Back Together.” There’s even the Pootie Tang-esque (yes...Pootie Tang) “Jahraymecofasola,” where our songstress seems for a minute as if she might have been a little woozie, but delivers a pillow talk ballad that feels like true love brought to life.
Jill can pretty much just talk over a record and elicit an emotional response. Take for instance the album opener “Wild Cookie,” a euphemism for a woman’s private parts, a poetic way of discussing the struggle of your wants versus your needs. Then there’s the straight talk of “Say Thank You.” Even if you don’t agree, she still got your attention and got ya to thinkin’.
Of the album, Jill has said that she feels that she has finally “arrived.” While we felt that way about our girl way back in 2000, we’re glad to hear she keeps working and striving for more. Our playlists are much better for it. -- Ken Hamm