Artist: Mary J. Blige

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Product Overview


Label Universal Int'l
SKU 202143191
UPC 602498893494
UPC 14 00602498893494
Format CD
Release Date 1/17/2006
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
CatalogID 9889349
Lable Name Umvd Import
Released 12/12/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498893494
Musical Guests
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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