Fail Occurred: 7/21/2001

After four years of self-imposed silence, following The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill was to make her grand return on MTV's rebooted Unplugged. One of her opening lines, "I used to be a performer, but I don't really consider myself a performer any more." Yeesh. Buckle up, because this joyless ride is going to get bumpy. Emotional, rambling, and generally strange, MTV Unplugged 2.0 (how is that really the name of this album?) is a freak show: Spanning two disks, L-Boogie participates in lengthy monologues, speaking on her religious conversion, her state of being, her life changes. Between Lauryn's clumsy guitar-playing and nonsensical raps, the long-awaited new songs sounded like disappointing demos. You expected to hear the hits? You must've been miseducated.