The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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Bob Waliszewski

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Hill reflects proudly on the decision not to abort her son, a life “only God could create” (“To Zion”). She claims to find comfort in Psalm 73, and tells listeners to keep their eyes on life’s “Final Hour.” “Superstar” notes that spiritual laws govern the universe, and that actions have consequences. Looking back on a bad relationship, Hill thanks God for guiding her to a better place than she would have found with that man (“I Used to Love Him”). Other songs prayerfully extend grace to people (“Forgive Them Father”) and favor love over booze (“Nothing Even Matters”). A hidden, untitled track promotes patience, kindness and unselfishness. The radio hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)” condemns men who use women sexually, but . . .

Objectionable Content

That same song uses crude sexual slang to make its point. Also, Hill includes a handful of very boastful raps.

Summary Advisory

As one-third of the rap ensemble Fugees, Hill spells trouble. But this solo disc is (with a few exceptions) a breath of fresh air. Bold. Smooth. Reverent. Impressive!

Bob Waliszewski
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