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Lauryn Hill has loudly (and justifiably) been declared a brilliant artist already in her young career, and MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 will do nothing to dissuade anyone. This double-CD acoustic set contains snippets from her debut album, but most of it is new material that Hill performs with raw, shockingly honest intensity. Coming on the heels of a well-publicized period of depression and unhappiness for the ex-Fugees singer, Hill's reenergized outlook is plainly evident in this stripped-down performance--it's basically just Hill and her unplugged guitar--as well as the highly spiritual nature of the material. Cutting across musical styles from bossa nova ("Just Like Water") to Marley-esque rebel songs ("Oh Jerusalem," "The Conquering Lion," "Freedom Time"), the singer's voice is throaty and rough throughout, giving the performance an earthy, heartfelt pull. It's a deeply personal performance, filled with blistering social commentary and the evils of self-delusion while detailing her ongoing attempt to escape from the public persona her fame has created. In destroying her old artistry, she discovers a new creative force, yielding a mesmerizing and enchanting classic. --Jake Barnes
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If you like your music to sound like it was labored over in a studio, skip this album. This is the most personal album I have ever listened to. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it can be a little uncomfortable to listen to at times, but it is still a terrific album.
I wanted to hear this album after finding out it was recorded in the midst of an emotional breakdown. Anyone who has seen photos or viewed the concert noticed that she strutted onstage in attire oppositte of anything portrayed in professional photo shoots. She also performed with a raspy voice, seeming unprepped and unconditioned in every imaginable way.
Between songs, Lauryn talks about her false image swallowing her real self up, and later interviews go into further detail of the struggle going on at that time, as she wrestled with perceptions of reality and a fractured love life. On this album, her fragility is apparent from the start, and you aren't surprised when she starts crying midway through. The material is spiritual, as well, with constant references to Biblical tales.
I think that this double-disc set is something that a fan of folkish, soulful storytelling will really enjoy.
Most recent customer reviews
Lauryn Hill's previous efforts have been captivating and strong. As a member of one of the most valued 90's hip-hop/ R&B groups of the 90's [The Fugees], and as a valiant solo... Read morePublished on July 29 2004
Words alone cant express the passion I felt behind Lauryn's MTV. The album is like a BIBLE of TRUTH. She talks about everything in the most mature way possible. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
well besides loving her as a true talented raw artist w/ a deep soulful voice of hers, theres no other album out of her past albums(the miseducation of lauryn hill,the score w/ the... Read morePublished on June 30 2004
When I first saw this album I was intrigued by it since the usual MTV unplugged series are worth listening to. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Johannes
Great for a group of Intellectuals to drink some herbs and Truly Discuss Life and Living! Lauryn puts us up on so much game with this album- you have tyo uncover the truth of the... Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Sam. Peace!
I was no Lauryn fan, but this album is absolute brillance. She has found it necessary to deal with the core issues of life including her "demons" and some of ours,... Read morePublished on May 21 2004
ok... she has absoultely amazing songwriting skills & a pure, soulful voice. The Mised. Of is my fave album of all time, but i kinda didnt understand, like, ANY of this album. Read morePublished on May 8 2004
She is a lyrical genius and not because of how she sings or the beat of lyrics, its because she is being honest and letting the public now that God is available and ready to... Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Roshelle Robertson