Mary

Mary

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by Mary J. Blige
     
 

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Few artists have as devoted a following as Mary J. Blige. Since she rocked the R&B and hip-hop worlds with her 1992 debut, WHAT'S THE 411, Blige has delivered soulful, heartbroken tales of love that strike a chord in the hearts of many a young woman. On her fourth album, MARY, Blige aims to broaden her horizons -- and her appeal -- asSee more details below

Overview

Few artists have as devoted a following as Mary J. Blige. Since she rocked the R&B and hip-hop worlds with her 1992 debut, WHAT'S THE 411, Blige has delivered soulful, heartbroken tales of love that strike a chord in the hearts of many a young woman. On her fourth album, MARY, Blige aims to broaden her horizons -- and her appeal -- as evidenced by some of this CD's high-profile guests. Elton John reworks his own classic "Bennie and the Jets" for Blige's "Deep Inside," while the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin meets the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul on "Don't Waste Your Time." But the best outside contribution comes from Lauryn Hill, who floats alongside Mary on the beautiful "All That I Can Say." This song sounds like it was discovered from a lost '70s Stevie Wonder session, and it's the kind of record that can help Mary bring together music fans of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps it was inevitable that Mary J. Blige would mature, toning down the raunchier elements of her persona that have been evident since her debut, while repositioning herself as a classicist soul singer. Even so, the sheer classiness of Mary, her fourth album, may come as a bit of a surprise. Blige made a conscious effort to create an album that recalled the classic dawning days of quiet storm yet worked as a unified, cohesive album. That meant that the more overt hip-hop elements have been subdued in favor of '70s soul. There's still grit in the music, but it's been glossed over with a polished production, and she now favors sophisticated songs, including material from such writers as Stevie Wonder, Bacharach/David, Lauryn Hill, and Elton John/Bernie Taupin. Some of these writers were collaborators and others contributed songs outright, but the amazing thing about the end result belongs to nobody else but Blige. It's different, to be sure, but still her -- and it's a rewarding, engaging way to mature. Blige's voice is richer and her skills have deepened, and her new songs, while not as streetwise, are worthy of her talents. Consequently, Mary is a thoroughly winning album.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811192921
catalogNumber:
11929
Rank:
6856

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary J. Blige   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Elton John   Piano
Paul Pesco   Guitar
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Tom Barney   Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Rev. Dave Boruff   Saxophone
Darius Campo   Violin
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Chris "Daddy" Dave   Drums
Kevin Deane   Multi Instruments
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Nathan East   Bass
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kiyamma Griffin   Multi Instruments
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Loris Holland   Keyboards
Jimmy Jam   Multi Instruments
Paul Johnson   Bass
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Terry Lewis   Multi Instruments
Dane Little   Cello
David Low   Cello,Viola
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Simon Oswell   Viola
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Terri Robinson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Bob Sanov   Violin
Mike Scott   Guitar
Manuel Seal   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Soulshock   Multi Instruments
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
Elisabeth Withers   Background Vocals
Slyde Hyde   Trombone
Karlin   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Schmidt   Recorder
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey   Track Performer
Malik Pendleton   Synthesizer
Chucky Thompson   Multi Instruments
Lauryn Hill   Background Vocals
Chuck Domonico   Bass
Dave Trigg   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dustin Adams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tara Geter-Tillman   Background Vocals
Gen Rubin   Organ,Wurlitzer
Big Mike Clemons   Drums
Michael Clemons   Drums
Moise Laporte   Keyboards
Ell Lishinski   Guitar
Jadakiss   Vocals,Track Performer
Rich Harrison   Multi Instruments
Soong Lee   Guitar
Eric Lorde   Bass
Mark Bowers   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Larry Alexander   Digital Editing
Mary J. Blige   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Deane   Producer
Kiyamma Griffin   Producer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Ike Lee   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
George Karras   Engineer
David Kennedy   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Manny Marroquin   Engineer
Angela Piva   Engineer
Herb Powers   Mastering
Tony Prendatt   Engineer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Manuel Seal   Producer
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer
Hank Shocklee   Associate Executive Producer
Randy Waldman   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Karlin   Arranger,Producer
Jim Caruso   Engineer
Schmidt   Engineer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
Steve Mazur   Engineer
Malik Pendleton   Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer
Jason Goldstein   Engineer
Chucky Thompson   Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Lauryn Hill   Arranger,Producer
Carl Robinson   Engineer
Steve Eigner   Engineer
Jim Wright   Arranger
James "Big Jim" Wright   rhythm arrangement
LaTonya Blige-DaCosta   Associate Executive Producer
Che Pope   drum programming
Russell A. Robinson   Artwork
Big Mike Clemons   Producer
Kirk Burrowes   Executive Producer
Moise Laporte   Programming,Producer
Ell Lishinski   Engineer
Yuri Zwadluk   Engineer
Kobie Brown   Programming
Floyd Howard   Producer
Mario DeArce   Pro-Tools
Gerald Isaac   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Rich Harrison   Producer
Michael "Wolf" Reaves   Engineer

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