I can’t believe that Jill Scott‘s new album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, came out in September and I forgot to buy it! I finally bought it yesterday and have been listening to it as much as possible ever since. Scott is one of my favorite artists, and I’ve loved all of her albums so far. This one is no exception.

Here’s the first video from the album, “Hate on Me:”

One of the things I like about Jill Scott’s music is its sexy wordiness. Her lyrics are definitely about adult experiences, desires, and relationships without being trashy. Take, for example, the lyrics to “Crown Royal:”

Your hands on my hips pull me right back to you, I
Catch that thrust give it right back to you, you’re
in so deep I’m breathing for you, you
Grab my braids arch my back high for you your
Diesel engine, I’m squirting mad oil ah
Down on the floor til my speaker starts to boil

I like that sings about having sex with the man she loves in such explicit terms. As one of her earlier songs asserted, she is not afraid to tell it like it is. She keeps it real. This is definitely an honest album.

I also like Scott’s presentation of herself as a strong woman, as in “Hate on Me.” As she sings, “I’m gon be who I be.” She sings about standing up for herself, and even when she’s broken-hearted, as in “My Love,” her vulnerability comes across as part of her strength — she’s not afraid to show her emotions and disappointment. Here’s the video for that song:

This has quickly become one of my favorite songs on the album. Its central question, how could you love someone else, is, it seems to me, the most depressing part of having a relationship fall apart. The thought of the one you love loving someone else instead is unimaginable.

I also found a couple of clips on YouTube in which Scott discusses her music. Here they are:

I can’t imagine that anyone would hate Scott. I think she’s amazingly beautiful and talented. I really like her description of the creative process in the second clip.

I’ve not yet had the chance to see Scott live, but she’s reputed to be even better live than she is in the studio. Here’s a taste of her live:

I love The Real Thing. It’s a wonderful album.

One more clip: