After the 2011 album The Light of the Sun, Jill Scott advanced her acting career with roles in Steel Magnolias, Baggage Claim, and With This Ring. She also transferred her Blues Babe label from Warner Bros. to Atlantic and worked on her fifth proper studio album. A month ahead of its release, just after the second single reached the public, Hidden Beach just happened to issue Golden Moments, a compilation of highlights from Scott‘s “Words and Sounds” era. Should there be a second Jill Scott anthology, several cuts from Woman would make for obvious selections. Woman is so varied that it resembles a compilation itself, albeit one that’s scattered in both sound and quality. More than any other Jill Scott album — each one is either nearly or well over an hour in length — its impact would likely deepen with some trimming and resequencing. Nonetheless, there’s enough high-quality content to sustain Scott‘s status as one of the most unique and powerful voices in R&B.