Share My World

Share My World

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by Mary J. Blige
     
 

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The hype that surrounded Mary J. Blige in the beginning was simply ridiculous. When What's the 411? was released in 1992, she was exalted as "the new Chaka Khan"-- a definite exaggeration, considering how uneven that debut album was. But Blige did show promise, and by the time she recorded her third

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The hype that surrounded Mary J. Blige in the beginning was simply ridiculous. When What's the 411? was released in 1992, she was exalted as "the new Chaka Khan"-- a definite exaggeration, considering how uneven that debut album was. But Blige did show promise, and by the time she recorded her third album, Share My World, she had developed into a fairly convincing soul/urban singer. Her strongest and most confident effort up to that point, Share had much more character, personality, and honesty than most of the assembly line fare dominating urban radio in 1997. For all their slickness, emotive cuts like "Get to Know You Better," "Love Is All We Need," and "Keep Your Head" left no doubt that Blige was indeed a singer of depth and substance. Although high tech, the production of everyone from R. Kelly (with whom she duets on the inviting "It's On") and Babyface to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis doesn't come across as forced or robotic, but, in fact, is impressively organic. With Share My World, Blige definitely arrived.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/1997
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811160623
catalogNumber:
11606
Rank:
10099

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary J. Blige   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards,Musician
Roy Ayers   Vibes
George Benson   Guitar
Dunn Pearson   Keyboards
Rich Nice   Narrator
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Shanice   Background Vocals
Nas   Rap
R. Kelly   Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Mary Brown   Background Vocals
Lafayette Carthon   Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass
Basil Fearrington   Bass
Jimmy Jam   Multi Instruments
Terry Lewis   Multi Instruments
James Mtume   Keyboards
Josh Milan   Keyboards
Ed Tree Moore   Guitar
James Mussen   Drums
Mike Scott   Guitar
Rodney Jerkins   Vocals,Multi Instruments,Rap,Musician
Ed Moore   Guitar
Bruce Wilson   Keyboards
Darryl Brown   Bass
Bryce Wilson   Keyboards
Lil' Kim   Rap
Malik Pendleton   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Abdulhameed Zuhri   Guitar
LOX   Rap
Fred Jenkins   Multi Instruments
LaTonya Blige-DaCosta   Background Vocals
George R. "Golden Fingers" Pearson   Keyboards
Minio Class   fender rhodes
DJ Do It All   scratching
Michael "Dino" Campbell   Guitar
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Musician
Michael Jordan   Guitar

Technical Credits

Babyface   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Rick James   Composer
Roy Ayers   Composer
Lee   Programming
Rich Nice   Arranger,Producer
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Gene Bianco   String Arrangements,String Contractor,String Conductor
Mary J. Blige   Composer,Executive Producer
DJ Premier   Composer
Ben Garrison   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
James K. Lloyd   Composer
James Mtume   Producer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Angela Piva   Engineer
Richard Travali   Engineer
Tom Vercillo   Engineer
Marvin Yancy   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation,Introduction,Drum Arrangements
Bruce Wilson   Producer
Stephen George   Programming,Engineer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
James Harris   Composer
Bryce Wilson   Composer,Producer
Lil' Kim   Composer,Contributor
Malik Pendleton   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Poke   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Randy Walker   Programming,Contributor,MIDI,MIDI Programming
Kelly Price   Composer
Dexter Simmons   Engineer
Chris Brickley   Engineer
Kenny J. Gravillis   Art Direction
One Drop Scott   Arranger,drum programming
Poke & Tone   Arranger,drum programming
Latonya J. Blige   Composer
Steve Stoute   Executive Producer
Ed Tinley   Engineer
Fred Jenkins   Composer,Producer
LaTonya Blige-DaCosta   Composer
David Styles   Composer
George R. "Golden Fingers" Pearson   Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Xenos DaCosta   Composer
Appolon "Chap" Noel   Engineer
Rick Behrens   Engineer
Tone   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Chuck Jackson   Composer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Producer

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Share My World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite cd by her.It relates to everything I was going through at the time. I wish I could give it 6 stars....Excellent!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'What's The 411?', 'My Life', and 'Mary' are all classic albums.Unfortunately, 'Share My World' doesn't fall into the category. The production aims to be too slick and too high tech and ends up falling flat on its face. The songs of empowerment sound like after school commercial jingles and the ballads sound saturated and bland. However, there are two excellent tracks on this passable project: 'I CAN LOVE YOU' and 'EVERYTHING'. Other noteworthy cuts are 'CAN'T GET YOU OFF MY MIND', 'MISSING YOU', 'LOVE IS ALL WE NEED', and to a lesser extent, 'SEVEN DAYS'. Fast forward the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THINK ON THIS ALBUM MARY J BLIGE PROVES THAT SHE DOESNT NEED THE MINDS OF P DIDDY TO CREATE GREAT MUSIC
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Mary's cds. She is my favorite hip hop/R & B singer. I love share my world and also Mary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album, while not better than ''my life'' is still a great album. It doesn't bump and thump to get you out of your seat, but it works its way into your soul and makes you think. From ''everything'' to ''missing you'' to ''seven days'' Best of all, the title track really speaks to the whole idea of a relationship. Not only will it make you think, but the background vocals and music will relax your soul. If you really want to enjoy this album, play it when you are not feeling so upbeat, or when that loved when just walked out the door and left you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago