Breakthrough CD (2005)

Artist: Mary J. Blige

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Where's my Girl???

by ladyqjones26@yahoo.com on 7/26/2006

My Ex and I were just commenting the other day on the difference between Mary's old stuff and her last couple of albums. "Be Without You" went hard, no doubt. But I can't really say alot for the rest of the album. Every track she used to release was relative in some way, shape or form to everyday life. Now her music is hard to get into because she's got some weird beats. "What's the 411", Mary. Can you "Share My World" and send a little something into "My Life"?! Ain't no luv lost, though. I will always love you and you will always be the Queen of Hip Hop!!!

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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.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 202025518
UPC 602498871102
UPC 14 00602498871102
Format CD
Release Date 12/20/2005
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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 Rodney Jerkins
CatalogID 0005722
Lable Name Geffen
Released 12/20/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498871102
Musical Guests
U2
Will.I.Am
Jay-Z
Raphael Saadiq
Album Notes and Credits
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 No One Will Do
2 Enough Cryin
3 About You
4 Be Without You
5 Gonna Breakthrough
6 Good Woman Down
7 Take Me As I Am
8 Baggage
9 Can't Hide from Luv
10 MJB Da MVP
11 Can't Get Enough
12 Ain't Really Love
13 I Found My Everything
14 Father In You
15 Alone
16 One
Product Attributes
Artist Blige,Mary J.
Label Universal Music Group

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