My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) CD (2011)

Artist: Mary J. Blige

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 225206274
UPC 602527861289
UPC 14 00602527861289
Format CD
Release Date 11/21/2011
Author Mary J. Blige
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
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 001625702
Lable Name Geffen
Released 11/21/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 8s
UPC 00602527861289
Musical Guests
Brook Lynn
Busta Rhymes
Rick Ross
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; MSR Studios, New York, NY; Parkland Playhouse, Broward County; Platinum Sound 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 Empty Prayers
13 Need Someone
14 Living Proof, The
Product Attributes
Artist Blige,Mary J.
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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