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Breakthrough (2005) - Grammy Winner!

Artist: Mary J. Blige
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Format: CD
Sku: 202025518
UPC: 602498871102
UPC 14: 00602498871102
Release Date: 12/20/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. No One Will Do ~ Mary J. Blige
2. Enough Cryin ~ Mary J. Blige
3. About You ~ Mary J. Blige
4. Be Without You ~ Mary J. Blige
5. Gonna Breakthrough ~ Mary J. Blige
6. Good Woman Down ~ Mary J. Blige
7. Take Me As I Am ~ Mary J. Blige
8. Baggage ~ Mary J. Blige
9. Can't Hide from Luv ~ Mary J. Blige
10. MJB Da MVP ~ Mary J. Blige
11. Can't Get Enough ~ Mary J. Blige
12. Ain't Really Love ~ Mary J. Blige
13. I Found My Everything ~ Mary J. Blige
14. Father In You ~ Mary J. Blige
15. Alone ~ Mary J. Blige
16. One ~ Mary J. Blige
 
After her somewhat lukewarm 2003 release LOVE & LIFE, Mary J. Blige returns to her rightful place as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul with 2005's THE BREAKTHROUGH. Blige enlisted a host of guest producers to contribute tracks to THE BREAKTHROUGH, and the result is one of her strongest and most varied albums. As usual, the sound is a mixture of smooth, urban contemporary and hip-hop edge, but Blige nails it with tracks like the pulsing "Enough Cryin'" (with its rich, multi-layered vocals) and the breezy "Can't Hide From Luv" featuring a guest spot by Jay-Z.


The album's lead-off single, "Be Without You," a bittersweet slow jam, is representative of the album's themes, which focus on feelings of strength and weakness in love. But whether waxing romantic ("Can't Get Enough") or detailing the travails of the heart ("Baggage"), Blige lays down elastic R&B vocal lines that are second to none. Even a seemingly unlikely duet with Bono and U2 on "One" comes across beautifully, adding a new dimension to that familiar tune.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Mary J. Blige (vocals); Dave Young, will.i.am, Brook (vocals); Jay-Z (rap vocals); Bryan-Michael Cox (various instruments); Raphael Saadiq (guitar, bass guitar); Craig Brockman (keyboards); U2.
Muze PNote After her somewhat lukewarm 2003 release LOVE & LIFE, Mary J. Blige returns to her rightful place as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul with 2005's THE BREAKTHROUGH. Blige enlisted a host of guest producers to contribute tracks to THE BREAKTHROUGH, and the result is one of her strongest and most varied albums. As usual, the sound is a mixture of smooth, urban contemporary and hip-hop edge, but Blige nails it with tracks like the pulsing "Enough Cryin'" (with its rich, multi-layered vocals) and the breezy "Can't Hide From Luv" featuring a guest spot by Jay-Z.
Muze PNote The album's lead-off single, "Be Without You," a bittersweet slow jam, is representative of the album's themes, which focus on feelings of strength and weakness in love. But whether waxing romantic ("Can't Get Enough") or detailing the travails of the heart ("Baggage"), Blige lays down elastic R&B vocal lines that are second to none. Even a seemingly unlikely duet with Bono and U2 on "One" comes across beautifully, adding a new dimension to that familiar tune.

Producer: Rodney Jerkins

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist U2
Muze Guest Artist Will.I.Am
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist Raphael Saadiq

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
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Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-Very Special Christmas-Live (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Dr. Dre 2001 (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dr. Dre 2001 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations 10th Year Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Show (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Brown Sugar
Muze Music Compilations Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mtv Unplugged (Explicit Version) (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason
Muze Music Compilations Documentary (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ironman (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Notorious K.I.M. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
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Muze Music Compilations Electric Circus (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Lost & Found
Muze Music Compilations Barbershop 2 - Back In Business (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Muze Music Compilations Sacred Love
Muze Music Compilations Bobby-the Movie
Muze Music Compilations Jay Z Unplugged (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Still Ghetto (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Nu Nation Project
Muze Music Compilations Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Muze Music Compilations Twenty Five
Muze Music Compilations Playlist Plus: A Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Call and Response
Muze Music Compilations On My Radio
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Go:best Of Common(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Q Soul Bossa Nostra
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Wyclef Jean
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Rock Of Ages (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith
Muze Music Compilations Curtis (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Curtis
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon II:legend Of Mr. Rage

Associated Artists and Works

Father MC
Method Man
Smooth Jazz All Stars
The Smooth Jazz All Stars

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/20/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0005722
Music Label Name Label : Geffen
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498871102

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.78)
- "[The albums'] sprawl of conflicted emotions feels true to her fierce, prickly personality." -- Grade: B

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.93)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his new album reveals a still intense and enthralling grittiness to her performances..."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Blige,Mary J.
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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