My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Edition] CD (2011)

Artist: Mary J. Blige

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 225206275
UPC 602527862750
UPC 14 00602527862750
Format CD
Release Date 11/21/2011
Author Mary J. Blige
Compilation Appearance Show (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Waiting To Exhale
Compilation Appearance 10th Year Anniversary
Compilation Appearance Ironman (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 3-Very Special Christmas
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Compilation Appearance Love & Consequences
Compilation Appearance Dr. Dre 2001 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Notorious K.I.M. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Dr. Dre 2001 (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 4-Very Special Christmas-Live (Live)
Compilation Appearance One Night Only
Compilation Appearance Nu Nation Project
Compilation Appearance Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mtv Unplugged (Explicit Version) (Live)
Compilation Appearance Brown Sugar
Compilation Appearance Electric Circus (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Still Ghetto (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sacred Love
Compilation Appearance Barbershop 2 - Back In Business (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Documentary (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Compilation Appearance Curtis (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Twenty Five
Compilation Appearance Twenty Five
Compilation Appearance Call and Response
Compilation Appearance On My Radio
Compilation Appearance Ecleftic-2 Sides Ii A Book
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Precious:based On The Novel Push(ost)
Compilation Appearance Npr Discover Songs:soul Revival
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon II:legend Of Mr. Rage
Compilation Appearance Rza Hits
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Wyclef Jean
Compilation Appearance Something on the Inside: An Inspirational Collection of Songs
Compilation Appearance Rock Of Ages (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance TICAL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance King Kong Of New York
Compilation Appearance Empire: Season One (ost)
Compilation Appearance ICON:METHOD MAN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone
Compilation Appearance In The Lonely Hour:drowning Shadows
Associated Artist/Work Father MC
Associated Artist/Work Method Man
Associated Artist/Work Smooth Jazz All Stars
Associated Artist/Work The Smooth Jazz All Stars
Technical Info
Producer Kendu Isaacs
CatalogID B 001625902
Lable Name Geffen
Released 11/21/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 42s
UPC 00602527862750
Musical Guests
Brook Lynn
Busta Rhymes
Rick Ross
Lil Wayne
P. Diddy
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: 2nd Floor Studios, CA; Circle House Recording Studio, Miami, FL; Jungle City Studios, NYC; Kensaltown Studios, London; Marvin's Room Studios, W. Hollywood, CA; Mason Sound, North Hollywood, CA; MSR Studios, New York, NY; Platinum Recording Studio, NYC; Triangle Sound Studios West, Encino, CA.
Photographers: D'Andre Michael; Indrani; Klinko.
Intro excepted, a devout Mary J. Blige fan could listen to these 70 minutes of music as an untitled album and never think of it as a sequel to 1994's My Life. Technically titled My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) -- yes, it's the first act of a continuation -- it's more the successor to Blige's previous album, Stronger with Each Tear. Blige is in a much different, presumably much better place now than she was when she made the turbulent My Life. That album has one guest who appears during a half-minute interlude; there really isn't much room for any other voice. My Life II, like Stronger, is more like My Life and Those of Others Who Join Me, as it is it involves a succession of high-profile guests: Nas, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Rick Ross, Beyonc?, Diddy, and Lil Wayne. Those who are hoping for something in the spirit of mid-`90s Blige might be disappointed and think of the title as a ploy, but those who expect a wide variety of material in terms of style and mood will get precisely that. The first half contains several uplifting, upbeat numbers, including a muscular cover of Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody," where producer Rodney Jerkins seems to have placed the synthesizer bass from Ren? & Angela's "I'll Be Good" in a deep fryer. Chest-beating pleader "25/8" clearly aims for classic status with a Gamble/Huff sample. The second half is heavy on ballads. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.100) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Blige is, as usual, a voyager on storm-tossed emotional seas, swinging from bliss to anguish and back again....After all these years, she can still make pain pleasurable."
Entertainment Weekly (p.77) - "Blige can still rip your heart out with a note..."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Feel Inside
3 Midnight Drive - (featuring Brook Lynn)
4 Next Level
5 Ain't Nobody
6 25/8
7 Don't Mind
8 No Condition
9 Mr. Wrong - (featuring Drake)
10 Why - (featuring Rick Ross)
11 Love a Woman - (featuring Beyonc?)
12 Irreversible
13 Empty Prayers
14 Need Someone
15 Living Proof, The
16 Miss Me with That
17 Someone to Love Me (Naked) - (featuring Diddy)
Product Attributes
Artist Blige,Mary J.
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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