Neither Jill Scott nor Anthony Hamilton impressed me the last time around. For Mr. Hamilton, The Point of it All felt kinda average after I practically wore out his previous two albums. As for Jilly from Philly, The Real Thing just kinda felt “meh” to me, and was compounded by the fact that she was more than a little off-putting the one time I saw her live (Robin Thicke and Chaka Khan both went on before her, and both outclassed and outperformed her, IMHO). So I can’t say I was expecting fireworks on a collaboration by them. If it had been 2005, on the other hand, I would’ve peed myself with joy.
Jill’s fourth studio album, Words & Sounds Vol. 4: The Light of the Sun (her first on Warner Brothers after a bit of a protracted battle with former label Hidden Beach), comes out at the end of June, and the first single from it is “So In Love”, a duet with Hamilton. One word? Dopeness. Before I heard the song, I was imagining a slow jam, but this song is an easygoing, midtempo track that has summer jam written all over it. I’m digging it, and I hope that Jill and Anthony both come up with more of the same on their upcoming albums.