Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2

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Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2
Jill Scott - Beautifully Human.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 2004
Blakeslee Recording Company
(North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Axis Studio, Home Cookin', Sigma Sound Studios, The Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
GenreNeo soul[1]
LabelHidden Beach
ProducerDre & Vidal, Carvin "Ransum" Haggins, Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Raphael Saadiq, Kelvin Wooten, James Poyser, Anthony Bell, Darren Henson, Keith Pelzer, Pete Kuzma, Jimmy White, Ronald "PNutt" Frost, Omari Shabazz
Jill Scott chronology
Experience: Jill Scott 826+
Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2
Singles from Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2
  1. "Golden"
    Released: June 15, 2004
  2. "Whatever"
    Released: January 4, 2005
  3. "Cross My Mind"
    Released: March 29, 2005
  4. "The Fact Is (I Need You)"
    Released: February 7, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Uncut4/5 stars[9]
USA Today4/4 stars[10]
The Village VoiceA−[12]

Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 is the second studio album (third overall) by American R&B-soul singer–songwriter Jill Scott, released in the United States on August 31, 2004, by Hidden Beach Recordings. It entered the charts at number three on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with first-week sales of 193,000 copies,[13] earning Scott her first number-one album. Also, the song "Cross My Mind" brought Scott her first Grammy Award, under the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category in 2005.

"Golden" appears in the films Beauty Shop (2005) and Obsessed (2009), as well as on Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.

"Bedda at Home" is used as the website background music for the Hotel Missoni.[14]

Track listing[edit]

1."Warm Up"Jill Scott, James Poyser1:20
2."I'm Not Afraid"Scott, Omari Shabazz3:26
3."Golden"Scott, Anthony Bell3:52
4."The Fact Is (I Need You)"Scott, Pete Kuzma4:38
5."Spring Summer Feeling"Scott, Raphael Saadiq, Kelvin Wooten4:49
6."Cross My Mind"Scott, Darren Henson, Keith Pelzer4:44
7."Bedda at Home"Scott, Carvin Haggins, Ivan Barias, Frank Romano, Johnnie Smith4:22
8."Talk to Me"Scott, Poyser4:44
9."Family Reunion"Scott, Haggins, Barias, George Kerr5:13
10."Can't Explain (42nd Street Happenstance)"Scott, Poyser4:39
11."Whatever"Scott, Ronald "PNutt" Frost4:26
12."Not Like Crazy"Scott, Kuzma3:58
13."Nothing" (Interlude)Scott, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis1:29
14."Rasool" (Contains a sample of Barry White's "Mellow Mood")Scott, Harris, Davis, Barry White, Tom Brock, Robert Taylor3:05
15."My Petition"Scott, Harris, Davis, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd4:12
16."I Keep"/"Still Here"Scott, Harris, Davis/Scott, Kuzma, Dave Manley8:45
European and Japanese edition bonus track
17."Bedda at Home" (Acoustic Version)4:22


Chart (2004) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[15] 41
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 31
French Albums Chart[15] 56
Swedish Albums Chart[15] 24
UK Albums Chart[15] 27
U.S. Billboard 200[16] 3
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[16] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums[16] 3


Country Certifier Certification Sales
United States RIAA Gold[17] 880,000


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  4. ^ Fiore, Raymond (September 3, 2004). "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (August 27, 2004). "Jill Scott, Beautifully Human". The Guardian. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Hilburn, Robert (September 5, 2004). "A soulful tour de force". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
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  11. ^ Marrero, Letisha (September 2004). "Jill Scott: Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2". Vibe. 12 (9): 231–32. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 12, 2004). "Consumer Guide: Tonic for Americans". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  13. ^ Whitmire, Margo (September 8, 2004). "McGraw Lives Large At No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  14. ^ "Luxury Hotels | Unique Design Hotels | Hotel Missoni | A unique concept". Hotel Missoni. Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
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  17. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". RIAA. October 12, 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2009-02-17.