Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1

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Who Is Jill Scott?
Words and Sounds Vol. 1
Who Is Jill Scott album cover.jpg
Studio album by Jill Scott
ReleasedJuly 18, 2000
StudioA Touch of Jazz Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
LabelHidden Beach
ProducerDre & Vidal, Jeff Townes, Darren Henson, Keith Pelzer, James Poyser, Carvin Haggins, The Grand Wizzards, Ted Thomas, Jr.
Jill Scott chronology
Who Is Jill Scott?
Words and Sounds Vol. 1

Experience: Jill Scott 826+
Singles from Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1
  1. "Love Rain"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Gettin' In the Way"
    Released: April 11, 2000
  3. "A Long Walk"
    Released: August 29, 2000
  4. "The Way"
    Released: June 5, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Sun-Times4/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[10]

Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 is the debut album by American R&B-soul singer–songwriter Jill Scott, released in the United States on July 18, 2000 by Hidden Beach Recordings to positive acclaim. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards, whereas "Gettin' in the Way", "A Long Walk", and "He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)" were nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2001, 2002, and 2003, respectively. The album has been listed as one of the best albums of the 2000s by Slant Magazine.[11]

While not released as a single, the album track "He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)", dedicated to Scott's then-husband Lyzel Williams, became a particularly popular song at Scott's live and televised performances. It also received a club makeover as dance remixes of the song gained popularity and were later included on her subsequent 2001 Experience: Jill Scott 826+ album. Gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard and her daughter Kierra also covered the song with new gospel lyrics and ad-libs on the former's 2003 album The Heavens Are Telling. Beyoncé included the song as part of a medley with "Dangerously in Love 2" during her Beyoncé Experience world tour in 2007. The song was also covered by the German pop trio Monrose on their 2006 DVD Popstars - The Making of Monrose.

The twelfth track, "The Roots (Interlude)", is an excerpt of the live version of The Roots' 1999 song "You Got Me" (originally featuring Erykah Badu), which Scott co-wrote. Following twenty-six four-second blank tracks after the seventeenth track, "Show Me", a remix of "Love Rain" featuring rapper Mos Def appears alongside the album's bonus track, "Try".

Track listing[edit]

1."Jilltro"Andre Harris, Darren Henson1:03
2."Do You Remember"Jill Scott, Harris4:43
3."Exclusively"Scott, Jeff Townes2:05
4."Gettin' In the Way"Scott, Vidal Davis3:56
5."A Long Walk"Scott, Harris4:41
6."I Think It's Better"Scott, Harris1:42
7."He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)"Scott, Keith Pelzer4:45
8."It's Love"Scott, Henson, Pelzer5:54
9."The Way"Scott, Harris4:16
10."Honey Molasses"Scott, Carvin Haggins2:41
11."Love Rain"Scott, Davis4:12
12."The Roots" (Interlude)Ahmir Khalib Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Scott Storch, Scott0:57
13."Slowly Surely"Scott, Henson, Don Thompson4:35
14."One Is the Magic #"Scott, Davis3:48
15."Watching Me"Scott, Ted Thomas, Jr., Rich Medina, Roy Ayers, William Allen3:45
16."Brotha"Scott, Pelzer, Allen Toussaint3:25
17."Show Me"Scott, Davis4:06
18."Try/Love Rain" (Remix featuring Mos Def)Scott, James Poyser10:07

UK tour[edit]

Jill Scott made her third visit to the UK to complete a six-date tour in November 2000.[12]



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