BREAKTHROUGH (BONUS TRACKS) (ENG) CD (2006)

Artist: Mary J. Blige

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Specifications

Label Universal Int'l
SKU 202143191
UPC 602498893494
UPC 14 00602498893494
Format CD
Release Date 1/17/2006
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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. 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 Bobby-the Movie
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 Man On The Moon II:legend Of Mr. Rage
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 Dreams And Nightmares
Compilation Appearance TICAL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Empire: Season One (ost)
Compilation Appearance ICON:METHOD MAN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance King Kong Of New York
Compilation Appearance Rza Hits
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
CatalogID 9889349
Lable Name Umvd Import
Released 12/12/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code DDD
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498893494
Musical Guests
U2
Will.I.Am
Jay-Z
Raphael Saadiq
Album Notes and Credits
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.
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..."
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