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

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

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by Mary J. Blige
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2011
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527861289
catalogNumber:
001625702
Rank:
28302

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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
Sean "Puffy" Combs   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
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer
David Calderley   Art Direction
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
James Scheffer   Composer
Crystal Johnson   Composer
Harvey Mason   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
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
Underdogs   Producer
Marcella Araica   Composer,Engineer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer,Vocal Producer
Susan Hilderley   Music Business Affairs
Brian Alvarez   Music Business Affairs
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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My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JaneButler More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadAllAboutIt More than 1 year ago
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.