Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill


Lauryn Hill is an American recording artist, perhaps known for her work in the Fugees or her amazing solo career. (Or perhaps for being in Sister Act 2, or marrying Bob Marley’s son or having a really cool afro and dreads). However you may have heard of her, one thing is certain, she is an extremely talented musician – as evidenced by her 1999 Grammy success. She became the first woman to be nominated in 10 categories in one night and the first woman to win five awards in one night. She won Album of the Year (beating even Madonna’s critically acclaimed Ray of Light), Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Female Vocal Performance and Best New Artist.

Her voice is seemingly effortlessly stunning, but more than that, it’s emotive and heartfelt. Her lyrics sound true and hit you hard. To compare her to Beyoncé: Yes, B may have a good voice but she keeps churning out manufactured toot (Who Run the World is just dire considering how talented she is). Also when you listen to someone else with just a good voice it’s easy to not listen to their message. But Lauryn Hill keeps you listening with her rich, deliberate vocals – making sure her messages about love, hardship and faith strike you.

The whole album has a cool, old-skool ish kind of vibe or mood and it was only broken by a horrible advert on my Spotify account in which The Wanted asked me if I knew a future Olympic flame bearer (I don’t).There’s an interesting theme of education; where in between tracks there’s a scene in a classroom with a man and a group of young girls, one of them being Lauryn, where they talk about various things. One such thing is love; some of them are really quite nice.Songs to listen to if you can’t be bothered with the whole album:
Lost Ones
Doo Wop (that thing) – the video for this is pretty cool too
Forgive Them Father
Tell Him

Give it a listen folks.

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by | August 22, 2011 · 8:27 am

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