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MTV Unplugged

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  • Audio CD (May 7 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000065625
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Mr. Intentional
3. Adam Lives In Theory
4. Interlude 1
5. Oh Jerusalem
6. Interlude 2
7. Freedom Time
8. Interlude 3
9. I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)
10. Just Like Water
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Interlude 5
2. Mystery Of Iniquity
3. Interlude 6
4. I Get Out
5. Interlude 7
6. I Remember
7. So Much Things To Say
8. The Conquering Lion
9. Outro

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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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By A Customer on July 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD the week it came out. I was really excited to listen to it because it didn't seem like it would sound like anything else out there. Turns out my hunch was right. This album seems like we, the listeners, are put inside Lauryn Hill's head where we get to hear songs that are works in progress. We also get to hear her monologues that tell us a lot about what it's like to be Lauryn Hill. Some magazine reviews I read said that they wish the spoken interludes had been taken out because they made LH sound self-absorbed. I for one am glad they were put on there. They really make you feel like you are right there in the room with her. I also love how some of the songs are very rough and unpolished. The most intense moment comes when she breaks down and starts crying. She really makes you feel the song and it's impossible not to feel the same way she does.
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.
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Lauryn Hill is the most beautiful woman inside and out that I have ever seen (as far as famous people go). Her voice, persona, and message serves as a moon over a dark sky. I love the fact that despite the mix feelings many had over this album's approach, her light still shined bright enough for the world to see. How can one judge something so real. True, as a artist people say should be more polished. But I think Lauryn's point is that she's redefining what an artist is. At the beginning of the album, she clearly states," I used to be a performer, now I am here just to share a message". Do not listen to this with preconceived notions of what music should be, listen to the message she wanted to share. Lauryn, I love you. If she only knew how valuable her existence is for young people of African descent today. Male or female. If she wanted to cash in she could have, and would have done it with passion as she has before. But, Lauryn wanted to push things where they had never gone before. And she did. A future classic.
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Let's get this straight, first and foremost, I looooove Lauryn Hill and always will. But this garbage? I can understand how someone would love it. It's raw, it's real, it's insightful. If it was a poetry reading, I would give it five stars. But this is music, people. I buy cd's to hear music I can't make myself. It sounded like she only new two different melodies, and flipped a coin between the two no each song. And I really think I sound better than how she sounds on this. Really, if it wasn't Lauryn Hill, everybody would be saying this is trash. I love her, but she's completely off her rocker. I need her to rehearse enough to where, even if she is still hoarse, she can sing a song without crying. It's an ok cd, but if you think of it in comparison to old Lauryn Hill's potential, it's painful. I want to cry every time I think about it because I also think about how many more people would hear her message, and learn some new things if she had not taken a flying leap off the deep end. I'll still say buy, though, you may like it. If nothing else, the whole world needs to listen, real hard, to "i get out," and the bob marley cover, "so much things to say." i'll still be hoping she finds peace of mind.
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Lauryn was immediately a star once her and the Fugees' version of "Killing Me Softly" hit the airwaves. From then on, she appeared on magazine covers, posed for Cover Girl, and became a humungous role model of integrity, beauty, and soul. Then, she disappeared. A lot of people will say that they weren't even aware this album exists. Moderately pleased with The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, my reason for owning "Unplugged 2.0" was not because I already knew she could sing.
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.
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I believe that Ms. Hill's debut album was one of the top 5 CD's of the 90's (obviously I'm not alone hahaha). While this is certainly not as clean cut and filtered as her initial project, it is much more real. The vocals are heartfelt, and even when she doesn't exactly hit all the notes (which seems to be the main complaint of people giving this CD poor reviews), the emotion in her delivery is real and raw, which in my opinion compensates for an unclean delivery. I am also impressed that she really got personal in this effort. So many times we see artists who thank God, but how often do we see artists who put their words to action? Ms. Hill obviously did not make this CD to sell copies (although to my knowledge it has done quite well for a live album), which is something that I really respect in this day and age of MONEY MONEY MONEY!!! In conclusion, if you want a great CD, songs that make you feel good, and an artist who is certainly not a prima dona, this is for you. (Reccomended Songs: "Adam Lives in Theory", "Mr. Intentional", and "Oh Jerusalem", check out the interludes too, they are worth your time)
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