The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
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Based on 8 reviews
1998 Ratings: #4 / 94
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Based on 634 ratings
1998 Ratings: #3
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Calling on her obvious comprehension of an expansive range of music, Hill deftly moves through moods and influences, sometimes transforming a song in a mere moment.
Most R&B albums nowadays are terribly rushed together efforts, with 2 or 3 singles and 20 tracks of filler. This, on the other hand, is a rare thing nowadays - an R&B album that actually stands up as a whole, and as such, will be remembered for a long, long time.
Slant Magazine

For being almost 80 minutes long, Miseducation is a surprisingly easy listen, coasting mostly on Hill's simple repetition of phrases to emphasize a mood. 

Imagine a rap LP made in 1975 with the kind of political and personal scope of 'What's Going On': or the idea of a young Stevie Wonder hitting his peak in 1998. That's what we're dealing with here.
The songwriting is perfect. The basslines are perfect. The performances are perfect. The only negative thing I can say about this album is that it's long... but even that's irrelevant to me because every single song is perfect. Absolutely excellent.
It resulted in a great product and I do like listening to it until we hit the point where I get reminded that Lauryn doesn't deserve any credit for the album...
It’s so sad that we may never get a second album.

Timeless classic.

EDIT: Oh shit It clicked. On the intro as attendance is being called Lauryn is apparently absent and nowhere to be found, than as the interludes and “class” goes on we find out the class is about love. What does this mean? Lauryn Is failing and finding so many complications at love due to the fact she wasn’t there the day they taught it / spoke about in school.

FAV: Lost Ones, Ex-Factor, To Zion, ... read more
What an amazing voice, used so well in this prominent R&B album. The instrumentals are super funky and go so well with Lauryn Hill's voice ... truly jaw dropping on how well her flows are on this.

One problem is that the bangers on this completely outshine the all the other songs.
An artist who mastered her craft not just for the sake of it but for the sentimental and sincere value she ascribed to it as a vessel to channel her emotions both vocally and spiritually, embodying her philosophy in the content of her music. A timeless master-piece that showcases the best of Lauryn Hill as a musician and entertainer as well as thinker.
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Lost Ones
  3. Ex-Factor
  4. To Zion (featuring Carlos Santana)
  5. Doo Wop (That Thing)
  6. Superstar
  7. Final Hour
  8. When It Hurts So Bad
  9. I Used to Love Him (featuring Mary J. Blige)
  10. Forgive Them Father
  11. Every Ghetto, Every City
  12. Nothing Even Matters (featuring D'Angelo)
  13. Everything Is Everything
  14. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 
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Added on: January 30, 2013