Stronger with Each Tear

Stronger with Each Tear

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by Mary J. Blige

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Soldier of Love is only the sixth studio album the band Sade have released during their 25 year career, and the first since Lovers Rock in 2000. For Sade herself, as the lynchpin of the group's songwriting effort, it's a simple matter of integrity and authenticity. "I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing…  See more details below


Soldier of Love is only the sixth studio album the band Sade have released during their 25 year career, and the first since Lovers Rock in 2000. For Sade herself, as the lynchpin of the group's songwriting effort, it's a simple matter of integrity and authenticity. "I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand."
The call went out in 2008 for the group to re-convene at Peter Gabriel's Real World studio, near Sade's home in the countryside of south west England. It was the first time the four principals had met up since the Lovers Rock tour wrapped in 2001. Bassist Paul Denman de-camped from Los Angeles, where he had been managing his teenage son's punk band, Orange. Guitarist and sax player Stuart Matthewman interrupted his film soundtrack work in New York, and keyboardist Andrew Hale gave up his A&R consultancy.
In a series of fortnightly sessions at Real World, Sade sketched out the material for a new album which, they all felt, was probably their most ambitious to date. In particular, the sonic layering and martial beats of the title track, Soldier of Love, sounded quite different from anything they had previously recorded. According to Andrew Hale: "The big question for all of us at the beginning was, did we still want to do this and could we still get along as friends?" The answer soon came back as a passionate affirmative.
The album was completed in the summer of 2009, mainly at Real World. The feel of the music this time had moved away from the old country-soul styling of Lovers Rock and assumed a more eclectic identity. At times the band sounded like the original Sade, with Matthewman back blowing soft sax on "In Another Time" and the vocal on "Long Hard Road" hymning. But with songs such as the joyously quirky reggae chant "Babyfather," and the dramatically arranged album opener "The Moon and the Sky," Sade were exploring new territory. "I never want to repeat myself," Sade herself says. "And that becomes a more interesting challenge for us the longer we carry on together." From the Label

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Los Angeles Times
The compositions belie their complexity with expansive hip-hop beats, delicate piano and lush strings. Producers such as Ne-Yo know how to primp and pamper without hitting overload. Yet some of the best moments are stripped down: the Raphael Saadiq-produced "I Can See in Color," also featured on the "Precious" soundtrack, is a profession of self-worth that's at once silky and dirge-like. Margaret Wappler

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary J. Blige   Primary Artist
Ron Fair   Conductor
Charles Jones   Keyboards
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar
Johnta Austin   Background Vocals
Akon   Vocals
Ryan Leslie   Background Vocals
Wyldcard   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Ne-Yo   Background Vocals
Esther Dean   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mary J. Blige   Composer,Executive Producer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Ron Fair   String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Vocal Tracking,Additional Production
Thaddis Kuk Harrell   Vocal Tracking
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Allen Sides   Engineer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer
Raphael Saadiq   Arranger,Producer
Kuk Harrell   Vocal Producer
Stargate   Producer
Pat Viola   Vocal Engineer
C. Stewart   Composer
Tony Mardini   Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Stereotypes   Producer,Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Akon   Composer,Producer
Ryan Leslie   Producer
Kendu Isaacs   Producer,Management
Supa Dups   Producer
Sam Thomas   Engineer
Wyldcard   Programming,Producer
The-Dream   Composer,Producer
Ne-Yo   Producer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee   Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Runners   Producer
Damien Lewis   Engineer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
Carlos Oyanedel   Engineer
Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine   Engineer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Instrumentation
K. Cossom   Composer
R. Leslie   Composer
C. "Tricky" Stewart   Producer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
T.E. Hermansen   Composer
L. Menzies   Composer
A. Harr   Composer
J. Reeves   Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering
R. Saadiq   Composer
E. Birdsong   Composer
D. Level   Composer
M. Chin   Composer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Mike "Handz" Donaldson   Engineer
Jaha Johnson   Management
Polow da Don   Producer
D'mile   Producer

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Stronger with Each Tear 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MsKee75 More than 1 year ago
My anticipation for Mary's New CD was greatly appreciated. Her vocals are stronger, her message is clearer and I feel a renewed-rawness coming through each song. I've brought each and every cd Mary has and have never been disappointed in her ability to deliver. This cd is very fitting for the holiday season and can blossom as the spring arrive and heat things up when the summer rolls around and cool things down when autumn buds again. You are stronger, you are Mary...real grown woman music? Thanks for sharing your love of song with the world, Ms. Kee?, Trenton, NJ
hcj More than 1 year ago
I guess I wish it didn't sound so familiar. I love Mary J., but there is nothing new here.
Blessedones More than 1 year ago
Mary J. just keeps getting better and better. This is my favorite album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will not buy anymore of Mary's music. The last two CD are horrible. Mary need to grow up with her fans. She is stuck in the hood (Hood Love). Mary are losing her fan base that's her age, because some of us had grown up. Many people have told me they don't like her music anymore. I think she caught up the the teen hip hop scene. All of her music is HIP HOP. I wouldn't recommend a grown up to buy this CD.
TUmeko1272 More than 1 year ago
Okay! If you are a music fan like me, a fan of R & B and hip hop, then you may have been a bit disappointed with music lately. For the past several years, I'd purchase new CDs, trying to support my favorite artists but would end up feeling robbed! So many times ater paying nearly $15 or $20 for a CD, I'd find maybe that one song I like, that made me want to buy the CD in the first place as my only favorite song on the CD. Some CDs have been so bad that I have not picked them back up since the purchase date. What a waste of money!!! So naturally, when Mary's new CD came out, I would pass by it in the store, stop to stare, consider buying it but since I've had past disappointments, I'd growl & leave it behind. I was so scared of being disappointed that I didn't have any faith. Her last CD was good but not good enough for my taste. More so from poor support from the record company and really bad choices with video directors. Therefore this time, as much as I longed for some good/new music, I waited several months to buy Mary J this time around. Until radio play saved her, I was not wasting my money. Mary J has Michael Basiden to thank for luring me into her world this time. He's been playing a few songs that turned out not to sound so bad. Actually good enough to make me want to purchase the CD after all. So after much agonizing I ordered the CD and to my surprise, it is one of her best in a long time. I am quite well pleased with the CD and most of her fans should be too. The only problem is that she has poor support from management. Where is a new video and the television performances???!!! I hate to see good music that finally does exist go to waste because the powers that be are not taking the time and making the effort to support it. If my review helps, I think most Mary J Blige fans won't be disappointed with Stronger with Each Tear. It's pretty good and was definitely a surpise. It's a blend of hip-hop, [a single with T.I. & a single with Drake] and some soulful ballads, like the one with Trey Songz which was a surprise. Then there are a few pop oriented singles that are soulful enough to keep a soul music fan entertained. If you are looking for some good music to add to your collection, I don't think you will be disappointed in Mary. Go show her your support!
Sunshine35 More than 1 year ago
I love this woman's voice. This is not her best CD but, I love it anyway. She has great moments on this CD but, some tracks just should not have been on this CD. I will bump it in my ride this summer because I am a grown woman and so is she. Keep doing what you do girl.
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