Stronger with Each Tear

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Stronger with Each Tear's first four songs are decorated like NASCAR vehicles, with IDs from the Runners and Akon, Rodney Jerkins, Ryan Leslie, Stereotypes, and T.I. all heard before the voice of Mary J. Blige enters the mix. Sound logos and gratuitous self-serving plugs from producers and guest MCs are nothing new in mainstream R&B, but when an album by Mary J. Blige is dominated by them, in such an extended succession, a longtime follower's minor irritation has the potential to turn to low-level rage. And while it is also understandable that the appearance of 2009 breakout star Drake on "The One" will help boost sales, the disparity is glaring; the MC was five years ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Stronger with Each Tear's first four songs are decorated like NASCAR vehicles, with IDs from the Runners and Akon, Rodney Jerkins, Ryan Leslie, Stereotypes, and T.I. all heard before the voice of Mary J. Blige enters the mix. Sound logos and gratuitous self-serving plugs from producers and guest MCs are nothing new in mainstream R&B, but when an album by Mary J. Blige is dominated by them, in such an extended succession, a longtime follower's minor irritation has the potential to turn to low-level rage. And while it is also understandable that the appearance of 2009 breakout star Drake on "The One" will help boost sales, the disparity is glaring; the MC was five years old when What's the 411? was released. Trey Songz, featured on another track, wasn't much older. Even when factoring these matters, Stronger with Each Tear is a very good Blige album, if not a classic. One of her briefest sets, it is tremendously (almost studiously) balanced between all the ground she has covered so well before. That's no criticism, though, since most of the songs are easily memorable and display so much range. Those who detest "The One" on principle, for its use of Auto-Tune, need only to forward to the album's final song, a quiet and sparse throwback (to 40-plus years ago) production from Raphael Saadiq in which Blige professes new love to chilling effect.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2009
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602527256542
  • Catalog Number: 001372202
  • Sales rank: 52,853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tonight (4:01)
  2. 2 The One - Drake (3:14)
  3. 3 Said and Done (3:23)
  4. 4 Good Love - T.I. (4:01)
  5. 5 I Feel Good (3:47)
  6. 6 I Am (3:24)
  7. 7 Each Tear (4:15)
  8. 8 I Love U (Yes I Du) (3:23)
  9. 9 We Got Hood Love - Trey Songz (4:15)
  10. 10 Kitchen (4:31)
  11. 11 In The Morning (4:36)
  12. 12 Color - From the Motion Picture Precious: Based On the Novel "Push" By (5:33)
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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
The 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
The 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary is a singa!

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Better than I expected

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She Needs to Grow UP!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    She did it again!!!!

    Mary J. just keeps getting better and better. This is my favorite album.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Mary J.

    I guess I wish it didn't sound so familiar. I love Mary J., but there is nothing new here.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Grown Woman Music

    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

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