Hear This: Lauryn Hill sings of the “good lovin’” Bob Marley could never truly give

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re talking about songs that were originally created by men but were better covered by women.

Lauryn Hill, “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (1999)

Like a lot of college students before me, I discovered Bob Marley between the ages of 18 and 22, but not in the traditional way. Instead of “understanding” the artist through pot; oversized posters of him tinted green, yellow, and red; or dreadlocks, I read his wife Rita’s autobiography, No Woman, No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley. I didn’t know too much about the Marley clan prior to this, and what I read saddened me in a lot of ways; much of the book was about Bob’s extramarital affairs and the emotional effect they had on Rita and her own talents. Even now, years …

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