Love & Life

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Barnes & Noble - Elon D. Johnson
For an in-demand R&B star with only the best producer connections, Mary J. Blige has always resisted crass commercial moves, preferring to sing straight from the heart, with an unparalleled blues- and gospel-rooted delivery. So it's not surprising that the raspy vocalist packs her latest disc with tunes that feel lived-in and real. But in contrast to 1994's confessional My Life and 2002's cathartic No More Drama, Love & Life's deft mix of hip-hop and R&B recaptures the more carefree mood of Blige's classic debut, What's the 411? The difference has everything to do with a thriving romantic relationship and a professional reunion with P. Diddy -- the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Elon D. Johnson
For an in-demand R&B star with only the best producer connections, Mary J. Blige has always resisted crass commercial moves, preferring to sing straight from the heart, with an unparalleled blues- and gospel-rooted delivery. So it's not surprising that the raspy vocalist packs her latest disc with tunes that feel lived-in and real. But in contrast to 1994's confessional My Life and 2002's cathartic No More Drama, Love & Life's deft mix of hip-hop and R&B recaptures the more carefree mood of Blige's classic debut, What's the 411? The difference has everything to do with a thriving romantic relationship and a professional reunion with P. Diddy -- the producer who launched Blige's career more than a decade ago and returns to the booth for this disc. The good-time vibe is palpable on the energetic single "Love @ 1st Sight," which grabs its thumping beat from A Tribe Called Quest's "Hot Sex on a Platter" and reteams Blige with Wu-Tang charmer Method Man. Expanding upon the themes outlined in the album's title, Blige enlists hip-hop all-stars including 50 Cent on the bombastic "Let Me Be the 1" and rap vixen Eve for the girl-power anthem "Not Today". Although her moods don't seem as ever-changing, Love & Life's blend of up-to-the-minute R&B, dance grooves, and melodic ballads proves the queen of hip-hop soul's reign is far from over.
Rolling Stone - Ernest Hardy
Love's greatest strength is the same as its predecessors': Blige's simmering vocal intensity and the way it slowly boils over into a cathartic exultation.
Vibe - Dimitri Ehrlich
1/2 When it comes to affairs of the heart, Mary J. Blige knows the beat better than anyone. And on this, her sixth studio album, it's the songs about sadness and anger that work best.

1/2 When it comes to affairs of the heart, Mary J. Blige knows the beat better than anyone. And on this, her sixth studio album, it's the songs about sadness and anger that work best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498606117
  • Catalog Number: 000095602
  • Sales rank: 60,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love & Life Intro - Puff Daddy (2:48)
  2. 2 Don't Go (4:28)
  3. 3 When We (3:36)
  4. 4 Not Today - Eve (4:13)
  5. 5 Finally Made It (Interlude) (1:39)
  6. 6 Ooh! (4:07)
  7. 7 Let Me Be the 1 - 50 Cent (4:40)
  8. 8 Love @ 1st Sight - Method Man (5:18)
  9. 9 Willing & Waiting (4:19)
  10. 10 Free (Interlude) (2:04)
  11. 11 Friends (4:02)
  12. 12 Press On (4:17)
  13. 13 Feel Like Makin Love (4:42)
  14. 14 It's a Wrap (4:20)
  15. 15 Message in Our Music (Interlude) (1:49)
  16. 16 All My Love (4:16)
  17. 17 Special Part of Me (4:33)
  18. 18 Ultimate Relationship (A.M.) (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary J. Blige Primary Artist, Vocals
Eve Vocals, Guest Appearance
Larry Gold Conductor
Shannon Jones Background Vocals
Kandice Love Background Vocals
Terri Robinson Background Vocals
Mario Winans Musician
Method Man Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jay-Z Vocals, Guest Appearance
Diddy Guest Appearance
Joey Woolfalk Guitar
Mike Elizondo Bass, Keyboards
Terence Dudley Musician
50 Cent Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ron Feemster Keyboards
Technical Credits
Dr. Dre Producer
S. Barnes Composer
R. Bell Composer
Mary J. Blige Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Vocal Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Patrick Dillett Engineer
S.H. Foote Composer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
S. Jordan Composer
W. Michael Lewis Composer
B. Miller Composer
Angela Piva Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Daniel Weatherspoon Engineer
S. White Composer
Mario Winans Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Donald Lawrence Producer
Andy C. Producer
B. White Composer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie Producer
Stevie J. Producer, Instrumentation
Mauricio Iragorri Engineer
D-Natural Producer
Stephen Dent Engineer
Shawn Carter Composer
Kamaal Fareed Composer
A. Ross Composer
A. Young Composer
G. Brown Composer
Mechalie Jamison Composer, Producer
Dominick Mancuso Engineer
D. Richard Lewis Composer
Frank Socorro Engineer
Azuolas Sinkevicius Engineer
Rob Williams Engineer
Jeff Chetek Engineer
Malik Cosby Producer
Sean "Face" Foote Producer, Instrumentation
Cecil Sanchez Producer
Majid "Chi" Hasan Producer
Kendu Isaacs Vocal Engineer
Steve Noah Engineer
Clifford Smith Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    HER BEST ALBUM TO DATE.I DID NOT SKIP OVERR ONE OF HER SONGS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Horrible

    Love & Life isn't really interesting to listen because the album seems to sound like something Mary was forced to do by Puffy. In my opinion, the CD and Mary's style needs to really evolve.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Mary album Yet!

    Mary's hardwork has paid off. Although we waited for almost a whole year, it was worth the wait. I like track #11 the most! You can tell that she put a lot of her self into this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary did it AGAIN!!!!

    Once again Mary has given her true fans, like myself, what we have come to expect from her, a phenominal, real, and soulful music experience! Mary continues to grow and evolve and at the same time stay real and true to who she is. An excellent CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE QUEEN OF HIP HOP AND SOUL DID IT AGAIN

    I THOUGHT THE NEW ALBUM SHOW'D A NEW MARY. THE MARY THAT NO ONE HAS SEEN. SHE'S MORE CONFIDENT, ASSERTIVE, AND SHE SEEMS HAPPY WITH HERSELF AND WITH HER LIFE. PEOPLE GO THROUGH PROBLEMS EVERYDAY SHE'S THE ONLY ONE WHO TOUCHES ON THOSES SUBJECTS. FROM ABUSE TO DRUGS TO NOT KNOWING WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE LOVE. HER NEW ALBUM SHOWCASES HER LOVE FOR GOD, LIFE, HERSELF, AND HER FIANCE. THE ALBUM HAS THE RIGHT TITLE. LOVE AND LIFE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Da Queen has done it again

    Mary has done it again. She has created another incredible album. Like all her other albums, this album is remarkable. Mary keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    average

    an average album, this is 2003, not the early 90s,her reunion but her vocals still maintain the connection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary will always be Mary The Queen

    I Love the Cd, Mary did her thing....Puff could have did better. I Love Mary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary J. Bilge is #1 in the Country!

    Mary J. Blige is where she needs to be #1. Album is bringing it back to the streets, and she is still speaking from the heart. Mary keep up the excellent work, album is banging!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my girl

    mary jane blige cd is the best. i support 100%and always will so go get the cd.i give it 100stars if i could but i can't so i give it 5 stars.please help her out and go get the cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary J. has done it again!!

    Mary has showcased her true talent and staying power on Love and Life. Each song is a treat to listen to, while giving a sneak peak into Mary's world. "Press on", is a song that shows Mary's strength, and "Ultimate Relationship" shows her growth. "Feel Like Making Love" is a song in which Mary proves why she's the Queen. Her vocals in this song are reminiscent of when she was young and tender during the My Life days (her second and most critically acclaimed album). "Not Today" feat. Eve, and "Let Me Be The One" are hip hop classics that will be kept on repeat. This album can honestly be played beginning to end without pressing the fast forward button. "When We", and "Willling and Waiting", are two songs that make you feel all good inside when listening to them. You will NOT feel disappointed in this album. Mary J. Blige is responsible with her music, and she holds onto her crown with a firm grip. Listen to this album from beginning to end preferalby with headphones. Study Mary's vocals, her range, her singing style, her soul, her strength, and her passion. Then you will realize why she is considered today's best. Love and Life is definitely classic Mary J. Blige that will shine among any cd collection. You will certainly not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Queen still holds her thorne

    This is just one of a few of the best cd's Mary has that will have your mind saying now this is talent. It's a new vibe a better Mary (Happier Mary). Congraulations!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MARY'S BACK!!!!!

    GREAT CD!!! This is definately the Mary from What's the 411 and My Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mmh.. where's the harmony and soulfulnes?

    I love mary, I have all her work, posters and all, but this album and the first cut of the last was average to mediocre. Her tone is off. She needs to stay in here range. Mary need to elicit the help of Faith Evans--

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAIL THE QUEEN OF HIPHOP AND R&B

    Mary has a special gift that few celebrity singers will ever possess. She has the ability to get into the soul of her audience. She has used her vulnerabilities in life's relationships to open up to the entire world her innermost self. Her spirit reaches out from deep within and through pain in her voice, she has captured us all. God bless you Mary, I love you and pray for your continued success as you have grown into a lovely being inside and out right before my eyes. Keep it movin babygirl from a former New Yorker who has witnessed your metamorphosis into a colorful butterfly. You are the truth. The CD is yet another hit to sustain you in this cruel industry. One love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Queen Scores a K.O. !

    If there was any question why Mary is the Queen of Hip Hop Soul "Love & Life" answers the question.Nobody is even close to Mary right now.She's in an arena all by herself.This album has all the elements of an R&B classic.In every song that Mary does you hear real emotion of whatever she's singing about.In this album I hear love,happiness and confidence in her voice.And I think anybody who has followed Mary's career will appreciate and respect the growth of Mary as a vocalist and a person.This album has something for every person and every mood you could have. Some of the highlights on this album are the first two singles "Love @ 1st Sight" featuring Method Man and "Ooh!".And please don't sleep on "When We","Not Today" featuring Eve,"Willing & Waiting","Let Me Be The 1" featuring 50 Cent and "Friends" which are some of my personal favorites.And let me not forget the "Love & Life Intro" featuring Jay-Z and P. Diddy and the Interludes are so real and honest. This album is the heat so go out and pick it up.I promise you won't be disappointed.Mary J. Blige is the Patti LaBelle of our generation.Mary is simply the TRUTH! This album also includes a Limited Edition DVD of the making of "Love & Life".You get to see all the emotion and hard work she put into making this album perfect for her fans.The Queen is still #1!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get Love & Life NOW

    The MJB/P Diddy collabo struck back. This has the sound of My Life and What's the 411?. All tracks are hot and have radio play potential. The DVD is real too if you can get it. It takes a look in to the making of Love & Life. Cop this album now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you didn't know, her name is Mary J...

    WEll, Mary is my favorite singer, and i've been waiting for this album every since the hype of rainy dayz, died down. And i was not disappointed, at all. I love it, i can relate, to such songs like 'Don't Go" and "Not Today" ft. rapper/actress Eve. Its awesome go pick it up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary's new cool relax

    Love & Life definitely takes me back to Mary's "My Life" album only the mood has gone from brokenhearted to redemption of life and the love she has for it, not only for herself but her fans as well! I know I'm lovin it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary's Best

    I believe that Mary has out done herself. Her reunion with P. Diddy has been a successful one.

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