Jill Scott’s 5th album, Woman, finds Jill Scot discovering the multidimensional nature of being a woman. The album opens with Jill Scott spitting a spoken word called ‘Wild Cookie.’ This spoken word piece opens the eardrums to step into Jill’s ever-changing world. Woman is 16 filled tracks that discuss topics of independence, like her track ‘Run Run Run.’ It explores the super human nature of women and how women are superheroes and there is nothing the woman cannot do. It also hits on the topic of the blatant wage disparity that women have in comparison to men. Scott shows us that the women goes above and beyond and is the support system of the man all while taking care of business. Scott transitions form the fast-paced Run Run Run to the sexy ‘Lighthouse.’ Jill Scott belts out, “I am his shelter, you’re safe from harm…lay your burdens down.” Jill Scott’s Woman is important, because she speaks on not only topics of independence and protection of men, but she shows the side of women being hurt by the man. Jill’s first single from the album ‘Fool’s Gold’ exclaims, “I was living a dream believing things that just ain’t true.” Chasing after something and someone who did not have the best intentions for you.
Jill Scott always creates a complete body of work, and Woman keeps up with Jill Scott’s previous four albums of creating a body of work that tells a story. From the first track to the end, Jill paints us images with her poetic flows that glide across the imagination. With tracks such as ‘’Cruisin,’ Jill Scott invites you into her world of freeing your mind and finding that inner peace. The production and lyrics forces you to get lost in the music and experience Jill’s world.
Woman is jam packed with the blues, country, soul, and even some funk. The super funky track ‘Coming To You,’ mixes horns, drums, Jill’s dominant vocals, that takes you back to the days of “feel good” music. Scott ends the album with her only track with a feature with Chicago-native BJ the Chicago Kid entitled ‘Beautiful Love.’ Jill Scott and BJ The Chicago Kid’s voices are milk in honey and combined create a soothing and sensual sound that sits above the clouds, makes you feel high, and you never want to come back down.
Woman, Jill Scott’s 5th studio album truly encapsulates its title. It embodies the ever changing nature of a woman, and the perils and triumphs women face. Jill Scott always lets the listener know where she is in life. With her transparent lyrics and vulnerable sounds, Woman embraces all of Jill Scott, not leaving out a single dimension, and all 16 tracks together complete this body of work, and completes Jill Scott’s message about her as a woman, while still leaving just enough to keep us wanting more.