100 Best Albums of the '90s

From Moby to Nirvana, the records that defined a decade

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Lauryn Hill, 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'

5. Lauryn Hill, 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'

After months locked in tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Lauryn Hill emerged from the shadow of the Fugees to create a stunning musical document that is equal parts Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and, well, no one but Lauryn Hill. She sings and rhymes; she gives us ballads, party rockers and doo-wop; she sings of love for men, her son, Zion, her New Jersey childhood and (maybe) her ex-boyfriend, Wyclef Jean. She wraps it all in a raw, completely human sound in which you can hear fingers plucking guitars, needles meeting vinyl and drumsticks touching cymbals. When someone asks you, "What is hip-hop soul?" play them The Miseducation. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-19691231/the-miseducation-of-lauryn-hill-lauryn-hill-19691231 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill

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