The Sweetest Thing
Album: Love Jones Soundtrack
Before Lauryn Hill officially went solo, she recorded The Sweetest Thing for the Love Jones soundtrack. Love Jones, a romantic drama which used jazz music and spoken word as its backdrop. In love, emotions are up and down and nothing seems to make sense.
Lauryn Hill wrote a neo-soul R&B song addressing the intensity and intimacy of love, emotions that Love Jones conveyed realistically. Her voice is raw and controlled throughout. The lyrics are vulnerable and giddy. “Speaking on my mother’s phone/The touching makes me think I’m grown,” which is followed later by “How sad all things must come to an end/But then again, I’m not alone.”
Mature love songs are hard to come by, but Hill has accomplished it on her first outing. It is an early preview of the excellent material yet to come on the “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album.