The Courier-Mail

WOMAN JILL SCOTT

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- / CYCLONE WEHNER

Jill Scott’s guest spot on Dr Dre’s Compton could ironically mean that her fifth album garners more attention here. Hmmm. The witty Philadelph­ian neo-soulstress (and accomplish­ed spoken word poet) may be performing alongside the edgy Jhene Aiko at Soulfest, but she’s not beyond pulling hipster moves herself. Scott connects with Miguel’s producer Andrew “Pop” Wansel — and the subliminal­ly experiment­al jazz highlight, Lighthouse, samples vintage SBTRKT from 2011. Woman is almost TOO expansive, though, with anomalous bursts of fervent ‘60s R&B. Still, Amy Winehouse would have sung along to Run Run Run and acquitted herself quite well, so Jill mostly gets off Scott free.

SOUNDS LIKE: straight outta Philly IN A WORD: authentic

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