Wednesday, May 4, 2011

312 The Misdirection of Lauren Hill- The pinnacle before her career misdirected.

Album: The Misdirection of Lauren Hill
Artist: Lauren Hill
Genre: Neo Soul
Year: 1998


  1. Intro
  2. Lost Ones
  3. Ex-Factor
  4. To Zion
  5. Doo Wop (That Thing)
  6. Superstar
  7. Final Hour
  8. When It Hurts So Bad
  9. I Used to Love Him
  10. Forgive Them Father
  11. Every Ghetto, Every City
  12. Nothing Even Matters
  13. Everything Is Everything
  14. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

A quick glance to the right will tell you that the genre most represented in this list is definitely Rock. Guitar based albums make up the bulk of the list and as we progress closer and closer to number one they’ll dominate even further. When other genres make an appearance it’s safe to assume they’re pretty special releases. In order to penetrate though the rock bias they must be fairly outstanding examples of their kind.

One such album is the Misdirection of Lauryn Hill which is the undisputed high point of whatever the hell this is. Some call it Neo Soul which is a term that seems to take in elements of classic soul along with Rap, R&B and reggae. In other words it’s one of those releases that is basically whatever the hell it’s star felt like including. Which probably accounts for it’s success.

Lauryn Hill comes across as an artist. While a lot of her peers look like manipulated puppets with nice voices and a good face for a video clip, Hill gives you the impression that she’s the one in control and the one calling the shots. She does have a great voice and can write a song and produce it as well.

The Misdirection was a huge selling release that stormed the charts and poured money into the record label vaults. If she’d been able to follow it up with similar releases Hill would have become one of the great selling artists of the last two decades. But fame disagreed with her and she disagreed with her record company and she went from being "the next big thing" to being replaced by someone who was even nexter.

It might not be my cup of tea but if you've ever thought "I'm in a music mood but just can't decide between rap, pop, reggae, R&B or soul" then this album could be just what you're looking for.

Influenced by: A pick and mix of genres
Influenced: Neo Soul.

Highlight: Doo Wop that thing
Lowlight: Nothing Even Matters

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "I bought this cd after David Bowie called it 'album of the year' during the grammies a few years back. The title should be changed to 'Hi, I'm Lauryn Hill and I'm going to repeat my name over and over and over again'. Mr. Bowie owes me $15"

-I love the idea of Bowie turning up at someone's house with $15 they think he owes them. "I've only got a twenty. Have you got any Ch-ch-change?

So do you approve of Hill's misdirection or do you think this entire album is a wrong turn? Let me know below.


  1. Um... can I just point out that it is the 'miseducation' not the 'misdirection' of Lauren Hill.

  2. Well that is embarrassing. It doesn't say much for my review of the album when I couldn't even get the name right. Even more embarrassing that a teacher like myself didn't pick up on the education reference. At least I can take some credit for the fact that the person who did pick it up is also a teacher and I taught him everything he knows. He's learned well (although for knowing this he has to hand in his blokes card immediately)

  3. HAHA love that Bowie reference! Love this album itz da bomb!