Thursday, May 22, 2008

More powerful than two Cleopatras

There is only one person who can get me through the five plus hours I still have left at work tonight (the end of the academic year brings peace to some at a university, but not to my department). And that definitely crazy, possibly racist, certainly reclusive, once in Sister Act II: Back in the Habit person is none other than former Fugee herself, Lauryn Hill. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is kind of the perfect album for anything whether it's slumping to the floor of your bedroom when you accidentally find an old picture you and your old boyfriend looking so young and stupid ("Ex-Factor"), sexytime ("Nothing Even Matters"), or windows down afternoon driving ("Doo Wop - That Thing"). Hell, I'll even consider religion when "Tell Him" comes on. It's truly applicable to any situation, except stalking people on Facebook. That should be done in silence. I would say, without hesitation, that it's a musical staple (you will find a small sampling below, but seriously, click your way to a copy).



12 comments:

Mr. Shain said...

get ready for this comment blythe:

i couldn't agree with you more. (i know! go check hell and see what's going on.) TMOLH happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums. to date us, this album came while we were in high school and i still remember all the words to doo wop that thing. i like to consider it my personal anthem in times of trial and adversity, e.g. weekdays.

wwbfd? he'd say listen to this album. the faas be with you.

Jeannette said...

I love this album, too.

Maybe Lauren Hill went crazy/racist because of the shock of having her music become the token "black" album in every white twentysomething's collection.

5 of 9er said...

But why can she not make a good record since then? That MTV Unplugged record was a big turd.

Julie_Gong said...

I don't think I ever fully appreciated this album. I was too busy listening to NYSNC in high school.

SK said...

I too love this album.

I found you through the www.thelostogle.com this morning and have been reading through the archives a bit.

BTW, I also work at XXXXXXXX XXX Univ. Shhh, don't tell on me. ;)

blythe said...

sk - oh dear. who are you?

SK said...

Eh, no worries. I am not a crazy stalker nor an old codger with a stick up my ass.

I started working in the law library in Feb. I think you talked a bit at my orientation.

Christopher said...

I heard "To Zion" recently, while getting a haircut. I lamented that TMOLH (like Baduizm, Brown Sugar, and all my other 90s R&B/Neo-Soul albums) was on cassette instead of CD, and after a hojillion listens the tape stretched too much to play. For some totally unacceptable reason, I never purchased a CD copy.

I'm downloading it now.

Christopher said...

My memory of the album had conveniently omitted how annoying the skits are.

G said...

Dude, I dig the new header. Niiice.

Colleen said...

I need to get this album...an old roommate had it and I haven't heard it in years.

The [Cherry] Ride said...

Just found this: http://www.thelostogle.com/2008/05/23/hot-girl-a-day-in-the-month-of-may-blythe-at-beespot/

Ummmmmm......