MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 Released
MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 is a live album by American hip hop/soul artist Lauryn Hill.
The performance comes from her 2002 MTV Unplugged special recorded on July 21, 2001 at MTV Studios in Times Square, New York City.
The album is lyrically driven where Lauryn shares her thoughts on religion, society, God, and love. All songs are written by Hill except for So Much Things to Say (Bob Marley) and The Conquering Lion (traditional adaptation).
MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 peaked at #3 on Billboard's Billboard 200 chart, and peaked at #2 on the magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In the UK, it charted at #50. The album was certified platinum in June 2002. The song "Mr. Intentional" reached #63 on the French Singles Chart.
Unlike the near-unanimous praise of Miseducation, 2.0 sharply divided critics. AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying that the recording "is the unfinished, unflinching presentation of ideas and of a person. It may not be a proper follow-up to her first album, but it is fascinating." Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani wrote, "Hill's guitarwork is multi-textured and fine-tuned but her vocals lack confidence and seem to toe the edge of her range throughout the album. And though the stripped-down nature of the show is fitting, many of the songs sound as if they are still in their infancy." Despite the mixed reviews, 2.0 debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum four weeks after its release.