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Learn more about BREAKTHROUGH (BONUS TRACKS) (ENG):

Format: CD
Sku: 202143191
UPC: 602498893494
UPC 14: 00602498893494
Release Date: 1/17/2006
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Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
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.

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

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Show (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Waiting To Exhale
Muze Music Compilations 10th Year Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Muze Music Compilations Love & Consequences
Muze Music Compilations Dr. Dre 2001 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Notorious K.I.M. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dr. Dre 2001 (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-Very Special Christmas-Live (Live)
Muze Music Compilations One Night Only
Muze Music Compilations Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mtv Unplugged (Explicit Version) (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Jay Z Unplugged (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Brown Sugar
Muze Music Compilations Electric Circus (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Still Ghetto (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sacred Love
Muze Music Compilations Barbershop 2 - Back In Business (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Struggle
Muze Music Compilations Shark Tale
Muze Music Compilations Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason
Muze Music Compilations Documentary (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Muze Music Compilations Bobby-the Movie
Muze Music Compilations Curtis (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Curtis
Muze Music Compilations Nu Nation Project
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 Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Go:best Of Common(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Q Soul Bossa Nostra
Muze Music Compilations Ironman (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon II:legend Of Mr. Rage
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 Rock Of Ages (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares
Muze Music Compilations TICAL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:MAROON 5(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Lost & Found
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)

Associated Artists and Works

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/12/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9889349
Music Label Name Label : Umvd Import
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD
Music UPC UPC : 00602498893494

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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