My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Intro excepted, a devout Mary J. Blige fan could listen to these 70 minutes of music as an untitled album and never think of it as a sequel to 1994's My Life. Technically titled My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) -- yes, it's the first act of a continuation -- it's more the successor to Blige's previous album, Stronger with Each Tear. Blige is in a much different, presumably much better place now than she was when she made the turbulent My Life. That album has one guest who appears during a half-minute interlude; there really isn't much room for any other voice. My Life II, like Stronger, is more like My Life and Those of Others Who Join Me, as it is it involves a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Intro excepted, a devout Mary J. Blige fan could listen to these 70 minutes of music as an untitled album and never think of it as a sequel to 1994's My Life. Technically titled My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) -- yes, it's the first act of a continuation -- it's more the successor to Blige's previous album, Stronger with Each Tear. Blige is in a much different, presumably much better place now than she was when she made the turbulent My Life. That album has one guest who appears during a half-minute interlude; there really isn't much room for any other voice. My Life II, like Stronger, is more like My Life and Those of Others Who Join Me, as it is it involves a succession of high-profile guests: Nas, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Rick Ross, Beyoncé, Diddy, and Lil Wayne. Those who are hoping for something in the spirit of mid-'90s Blige might be disappointed and think of the title as a ploy, but those who expect a wide variety of material in terms of style and mood will get precisely that. The first half contains several uplifting, upbeat numbers, including a muscular cover of Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody," where producer Rodney Jerkins seems to have placed the synthesizer bass from René & Angela's "I'll Be Good" in a deep fryer. Chest-beating pleader "25/8" clearly aims for classic status with a Gamble/Huff sample. The second half is heavy on ballads.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602527861289
  • Catalog Number: 001625702
  • Sales rank: 25,426

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:16)
  2. 2 Feel Inside (5:08)
  3. 3 Midnight Drive - Brook Lynn (4:12)
  4. 4 Next Level - Busta Rhymes (4:13)
  5. 5 Ain't Nobody (4:03)
  6. 6 25/8 (3:56)
  7. 7 Don't Mind (3:57)
  8. 8 No Condition (4:27)
  9. 9 Mr. Wrong - Drake (4:02)
  10. 10 Why - Rick Ross (4:22)
  11. 11 Love a Woman - Beyoncé (4:31)
  12. 12 Empty Prayers (3:15)
  13. 13 Need Someone (3:55)
  14. 14 The Living Proof (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary J. Blige Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Paul Pesco Guitar
David Davidson Violin
Ron Fair Various
Per Lindvall Drums
Glen Scott Piano
Martin Terefe Bass, Guitar
Jim Jonsin Keyboards
Pierre Medor Keyboards
Rico Love Vocals, Background Vocals
Cristyle Background Vocals
Max Baillie Viola
Danny Keane Cello
Emma Smith Violin
Danny Morris Keyboards
Kevin Cossum Vocals
Borham Lee Keyboards
Oliver "Akos" Castelli Keyboards
Akene Dunkley Keyboards
Technical Credits
Chris Hicks Management
Mary J. Blige Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Busta Rhymes Composer
David Davidson String Arrangements
Ron Fair Producer, Engineer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Eric Hudson Composer, Producer
Leon Huff Composer
Andrea Martin Composer
Damon Thomas Composer
Jason Hunter Composer
Dennis Coles Composer
Robert Diggs Composer
Kuk Harrell Vocal Producer
David Calderley Art Direction
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Producer
James Scheffer Composer
Crystal Johnson Composer
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
Beyoncé Knowles Composer
Jerry Duplesis Composer
Kenny Meiselas Legal Advisor
Martin Terefe Producer
Arden Altino Composer, Producer
Alicia Graham Administration
Gary Grice Composer
Jim Jonsin Programming, Producer
Kendu Isaacs Composer, Producer, Management
Dyre Gormsen Engineer
Pierre Medor Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Daniel Morris Composer
Matt Morris Composer
Russell Jones Composer
Todd Douglas Music Business Affairs
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai Engineer
Sean Garrett Composer, Producer
Clifford Smith Composer
Darryl Hill Composer
Ashley Fox Marketing
Rico Love Composer, Producer
Danja Producer
Danny "Stems" Cheung Engineer
Cristyle Composer
Andrew Wuepper Engineer
Josh Gudwin Engineer
Sonya Guardo Legal Advisor
Sean Combs Composer
C. "Tricky" Stewart Producer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Nikolas Marzouca Engineer
N. Hills Composer
C. Gilbert Composer
Stuart White Engineer, Vocal Engineer
D. Wolinski Composer
Lamont Hawkins Composer
Corey Woods Composer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer
Jaha Johnson Management
Kenneth Coby Composer
Mike "Snotty" Miller Engineer
Dave Young Composer
The Underdogs Producer
Marcella Araica Composer, Engineer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Producer, Vocal Producer
Susan Hilderley Music Business Affairs
Brian Alvarez Music Business Affairs
Christopher Stewart Composer
Matt Champlin Engineer
Priscilla Renea Hamilton Composer
Kevin Cossum Composer
Greg Morgan Sound Design
Elgin Turner Composer
Menardini Timothee Composer
Bridge Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    The TRUTH

    Mary J. Blige has yet to learn go back to the past is not always a good thing,especially when it involves Sean Puffy Combs,when she departed ties with him after My Life,she made mature music until her last great cd 'The Breakthrough, the releases after that has been an awful mix of lyrics and lame beats.Why would Ms. Blige try to mess with a masterpiece as My Life.
    That project solidified Mary as star to who she is today.The Title My Life part 2 is misleading and a travesty to the fans of Ms. Blige. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND NOT BUY THIS PROJECT. Lil Wayne,Puffy,Beyonce and Drake on features on this release,they can not save a sinking ship as this project.
    I have all of Mary's cds except the last Stronger with Each Tear and this will follow the same suite,awful from beginning to end.Mary has reached the end of her road, start from scratch again mary or work with Raphael Saddiq,Jam&Lewis,David Foster and Babyface to recapture the essence of raw talent and skills you have.DON'T BUY THIS PROJECT,IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT COASTER FOR A DRINK"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Someone to love you tonight

    Mary J. Blige is singing directly to me. The whole room disappears, the earth disappears, the world disappears, and it is just the two of us. Everything else falls away and I hear her words, her love, her way of seeing life because of her compelling manner, her engaging desire, her implicit need to connect with me. Her. It¿s like she¿s my angel mother sent to speak directly to me about what ails me today. This is the power of song. This is the reason I love to hear singers, because it feels personal, just between the two of us. How does she know what I need, what I want to hear, what is best for me? She knows because she taps into the thing I already know is best for me, too, and let¿s me believe it for myself. She doesn¿t really know me, she knows herself, and she sings her own truth, which in turn is a way of inspiring any of us to know our own truth, too. I hear her words as if they are from her to me, but truly they are from her heart to my heart. My heart tells me to listen to this, to stop and see, to consider that this voice is for me. Someone who offers respite from the world¿s woes. The crowd is crazy for her too, it¿s not just me. We all can feel it. She is sent to us from God, to tell us what she knows. She gets to pick her songs, her words, she knows what she is doing, this is what she wants to do. She wants to tell us that, ¿you need someone to love you, you need someone to hold you, tonight, someone to love you¿. It isn¿t news. It isn¿t something foreign. It is simply her truth and our truth and my truth. ¿It doesn¿t have to be me, but you need someone to love you, you need someone to tell you that everything is all right, someone to love you.¿ She hauls this stuff up from her soul and serves it to us because she can. Thank you for your words, Mary J. Blige.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Mary at her best...again!

    Judging from the one anonymous review, it is clear that MJB fans want her to stay broken and depressed. My Life II is NOT a continuation of My Life because, guess what...Mary has grown up. Music is suppose to evolve and grow as the artist evolvs and grows. Mary is not in Yonkers getting high and drunk anymore. She works with some of the best in the business in all genres so her music will reflect that. If the reviewer thinks My Life is a classic and then doesn't want MJB to work with Puff, it's clear they don't have clue. Adult listeners who are joyful that MJB has grown up this cd is for you.

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