Love & Life

Love & Life

4.7 38
by Mary J. Blige
     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498606117
catalogNumber:
000095602

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Tracks

  1. Love & Life Intro  - Puff Daddy
  2. Don't Go  - Mary J. Blige
  3. When We  - Mary J. Blige
  4. Not Today  -  Eve
  5. Finally Made It (Interlude)  - Mary J. Blige
  6. Ooh!  - Mary J. Blige
  7. Let Me Be the 1  - 50 Cent
  8. Love @ 1st Sight  - Method Man
  9. Willing & Waiting  - Mary J. Blige
  10. Free (Interlude)  - Mary J. Blige
  11. Friends  - Mary J. Blige
  12. Press On  - Mary J. Blige
  13. Feel Like Makin Love  - Mary J. Blige
  14. It's a Wrap  - Mary J. Blige
  15. Message in Our Music (Interlude)  - Mary J. Blige
  16. All My Love  - Mary J. Blige
  17. Special Part of Me  - Mary J. Blige
  18. Ultimate Relationship (A.M.)  - Mary J. Blige

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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
Sean "Puffy" Combs   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
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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