Breakthroughby Mary J. Blige
On her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough, long-suffering queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige sounds more confident and comfortable with her material than she did on 2003's uneven Love & Life. Although Blige has been saying for a while now that she wants no more drama, the recently wed New York native finally sounds/i>/a>/i>… See more details below
On her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough, long-suffering queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige sounds more confident and comfortable with her material than she did on 2003's uneven Love & Life. Although Blige has been saying for a while now that she wants no more drama, the recently wed New York native finally sounds convinced. From the jubilant opening track, "No One Will Do," to the melodic lead single, "Be Without You," Blige revels in the unconditional love that her husband has brought to her life. And clearly she's found a good man -- one who is patient enough to deal with his lady's difficult past, which she addresses on the plaintive "Baggage." Despite that song's repentant theme and the requisite "dump that zero and find yourself a hero" track ("Ain't Really Love"), the otherwise celebratory Breakthrough contains some of Blige's best music in years. Instant classics include the grown-and-sexy, Jay-Z-assisted "Can't Hide from Luv," the bluesy "I Found My Everything" (featuring Raphael Saadiq), and the nostalgic "MJB Da MVP," where Blige sings snippets of her greatest hits over the same vintage soul groove as the Game/50 Cent single "Hate It or Love It." Indeed, with her triumphant Breakthrough, Mary proves she's no longer buggin' and emerges -- once again -- as contemporary R&B's MVP.
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- Geffen Records
Performance CreditsMary J. Blige Primary Artist,Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Bobby Ross Avila Guitar,Strings,Keyboards
Sid Page Violin,String Instrument
Robert Bacon Guitar
Charlie Bisharat String Instrument
Jacqueline Brand Violin,String Instrument
Adam Clayton Bass Guitar
Larry Corbett Cello,String Instrument
Brian Dembow Viola,String Instrument
Stephen Erdody Cello,String Instrument
Ron Fair Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Orchestra Bells
Julie Gigante Violin,String Instrument
John Goux Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Endre Granat Violin
Alan Grunfeld String Instrument
Clayton Haslop Violin,String Instrument
Paula Hochhalter Strings,Cello,String Instrument
Bernard Kenny Bass
Armen Ksadjikian Cello,String Instrument
David Low String Instrument
David Lowery String Instrument
Rene Mandel Violin
Harvey Mason Glockenspiel,Timpani
Cornelius Mims Bass
Larry Mullen Percussion,Drums
Robin Olson Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin,String Instrument
Craig Brockman Keyboards
Dave Young Vocals,Track Performer
Raphael Saadiq Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Suzie Katayama Cello,String Instrument
Natalie Leggett Violin,String Instrument
Joel Deroin String Instrument
Kelvin Wooten Keyboards
James "Big Jim" Wright Keyboards
Darrin McCann Viola,String Instrument
Chalmers Alford Guitar
South Central Chamber Orchestra Strings
Loren Dawson Piano
Roberto Cani Violin,String Instrument
50 Cent Vocals
Samuel Formicola Viola,String Instrument
Bryan-Michael Cox Various
Alyssa Park Violin,String Instrument
Andrew Duckles Viola,String Instrument
Songa Lee Violin,String Instrument
Robert Ozuna Percussion,scratching,Drums
Tereza Stanislav String Instrument
Frank Ramonoe Guitar
Charles Vail Strings
Issiah "IZ" Avila Bass,Percussion,Drums
Craig Brokman Piano
Endre Genet String Instrument
Rexell Hardy Drums
Brook Lynn Track Performer
Frank Ramono Guitar
South Central Orchestra Strings
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin,String Instrument
Marlow Fisher Viola,String Instrument
Mario de León Violin,String Instrument
Lily Ho Chen Violin,String Instrument
Matthew Funes String Instrument
Keith Harris Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Technical CreditsFreddie Jackson Composer
Lonnie Liston Smith Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
Bobby Ross Avila Composer,Producer
Robert Aries Composer
Mary J. Blige Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sean Carter Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Patrick Dillett Engineer,Vocal Producer
Reginald Dozier Engineer
Ron Fair Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Allan Felder Composer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Norman Harris Composer
Jimmy Jam Producer
Terry Lewis Composer,Producer
Larry Mullen Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Allen Sides Engineer
Troy Taylor Vocal Producer
Ryan Toby Composer
Benjamin F. Wright String Arrangements,String Conductor,String Writing
Rodney Jerkins Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Raphael Saadiq Composer,Producer
Jan Fairchild Engineer
Paul Foley Engineer
Andre Harris Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
James "Big Jim" Wright Producer
Johnta Austin Composer,Vocal Producer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction
Dave Young Orchestra Vocal Producer
Vidal Davis Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Tal Herzberg Producer,Engineer
Jason Perry Composer
Justice League Producer
Jake & the Phatman Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Curtis Jackson Composer
Matt Marrin Engineer
Candice Childress Composer
John Tanksley Engineer
Kendu Isaacs Management
Keri Hilson Composer,Vocal Arrangements
9th Wonder Producer
Ezekiel Lewis Composer
Michael Eleopoulos Engineer
Robert Ozuna Composer
Anthony Lavon Evans Engineer
Davel "Bo" McKenzie Producer
Sean Garrett Composer,Vocal Producer
Candice Nelson Composer
Charles "Biscuits" Brungardt Vocal Producer
Issiah "IZ" Avila Producer
Dernst Emile Composer
Jayceon Taylor Composer
Anthony "Devyne" Evans Engineer
Danny "Stems" Cheung Engineer
Jaycen Joshua Engineer
Diana Gordon Composer
Keith Harris Composer
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Mary J Blige's latest cd release "The Breakthrough" doe's just that this cd shows just how much the artist has matured
The new album "The Breakthrough", from multi-platinum, award winning R&B/Hip-Hop soulstress Mary J. Blige, showcases Mary at the height of her career. With features from Jay-Z(Can't Hide From Luv),U2(One),and Raphael Saddiq(So Lady), Mary dominates this 17 track set, holding her own.
this album is hot ta def!! I just love the U2 joint a lot. I can put it in and let it play front to back. Thats the type of albums MJB was known for and we got use to that so when the last two came out, they did't have that same affect but it was Mary. I LOVE her
4 really good songs but the entire CD is listenable.
Mary J. Blige's album is a Breakthrough for her. She delivers control like never before while maintaining her realness that has fueled her success as an artist. Instrumentally, the background music provides the listener with sentiments of different genres and time periods of music to impart the feelings written into the words of the songs. The variety of song styles on this album makes it hard to judge songs versus each other, but, will allow this album to transcend every category that the music industry tries to place Mary in.This album is a collection of songs which Mary has recorded to express her breakthroughs in emotional, physical, musical, control, and style barriers that have previously influenced her life and music. Examples of the versatility which Mary displays can be found in “I Found My Everything." Mary brings out her, “Aretha Franklin soulfulness and the Patti Labelle power ballad crooner," for the world. After listening to the song it is no wonder why Mary continues to win the Lady of Soul awards from Soul Train... she is a true soul singer great. Following “...my Everything," with, “Alone" Mary brings her R&B ballad skills to display. Mary makes you believe her when she says that she doesn't want to be alone and that she, “can't do this alone." David Young is great and keeps up with Mary very nicely. “Father in You" is one of the best songs that Mary has on the album. The song shows Mary's reality about relationship which many women have yet to reach, and that men need to hear. “MJB da MVP" is actually the first song that I heard on the radio and made me want to be the first to own the album. I don't have enough room, nor time, to write about every song on the album but if I can say nothing else... BUY THIS ALBUM.Solidified as a fan on first hearing Real Love, and being captivated by her voice since her days behind Father MC, Mary has been a part of my life for a LONG time. Breakthrough will surely be part of my Mary J. Blige music collection and should be for anyone who wishes to chronicle the life of one of Hip Hop's most influential singers.
Finally, the Mary J Blige we loev is back! She's sounding great. With a strong lead single "Be without you," she sets the tone for a balanced and focused album. Other great cuts are "About you" and "good woman down" although the last few cuts are weak. What an interesting year, first Mariah makes a comeback and nor Mary. I ain't compalining.
I am, as always, proud of her and her work. I've gone through similar situations, and for her to be honest with herself and everyone else and to continue to move on has always inspired me. She has made it and I understand and applaud her and this album. This a representation of her, her trial & tribulations, and her success in LIFE. I feel you and I am proud of you as if you were my sister.
she didnt comeback, she never left. She is one the illest in the game.Mary's vocals on "be without you", show her heart and soul still pulsates vigirously.
Awesome album. It's one of her best yet. She's definetely grown as a person, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. I feel, I've grown with her. I love MJB forever.
I just finished listening to Mary's new album "The Breakthrough" and you already know it was just impeccable, as if you didn't know. She continues to tell the world why she is and always will be The Queen of Hip-Hop & R&B. This album is for everybody. I have been buying and listening to Mary since I can remember and I just turned 18. She sings some of the most realists and in powering music you can hear from a person. My favorite track would have to be "Take Me As I Am". Everybody should definitely add the album to his or her collection.
I'm so excited about this CD MJB The Breakthrough! This CD is beautifully sung arranged and FELT! Right from the start Mary tells you how it is to be with a good man. The nexttime she lets you know whats really up with a bad one. Really all of the lyrics are felt like a sonic boom. She sings with such heartfelt surrender and strength and the clarity of the stories in her songs bought joy to my spirit and at times tears to my eyes.The instrumentation and arrangements were beautiful, breathtaking and fierce! All of the songs are the real thing---I loved them all. One by U2 that she does is phenominal and wrought full of sincere emotion. She stayed with the original score---Brave and smart thing to do. If you do not buy this CD you are truly missing out on a MASTERPIECE!
The Breakthrough Album is a Classic!!!! This Album in my opion is her best, yes her best so far.
I believe this album reminds me of the 411. I truly love the ablum. Every track is good. The one or two tracks that you don't favor the first time you listen to the album will end up growing on you and I bet you'll know the words. As a young women there are serveral songs that I can relate to. I just love how every one of her tracks reveals a story of how she feels. It is as if she is telling you in regular words how she is feeling now in her life. I love the album!
mary if you want to make that Mariah money you better stop holding out and spend some money on better writers, that production is hot to death, but the writing is mediocre at best!
Mary J Blige is one of the most talented singers to ever walk the face of the earth. There no words to describe how she pulls you into her world. I was 15 years old when I first heard her, I loved her then, as I love her now. She gives so much inspiration to up and coming artists, and women in general. I love her honesty, her determination. And I also love how when she hits a note that isn't quite right, she just laughs and keeps on going. She is so professional. She has proven that talent can keep you in this game, and not getting naked. Keep going lil Mary Jane. I love you girl. Hopefully, in the future, we can work together. I will be sending you my demo. Peace.
i got the cd the day it came out i was the first person in line to get it. and the hole cd is to die for every song on the cd is good it is you cant say that every cd youve bought has more than 3 good songs .well miss mary has done it again every song is the bomb love it
I am a huge fan of MJB, but im not sure if this album is just a continuation of the pain or a true breakthrough. It starts out GREAT, but seems to drag on from there. I'll keep listening to it to see if it grabs me the way the others have. I miss the uptempo songs.
A lot of the songs i can relate to i love a album that has more then 1 outstanding track on them. This album has a lot of #1 hits and i look forward to the next single.
This album is great! Mary has matured! Worth every penny!
Mary, with the powerhouse voice, I am a huge fan who is honored to know your music, your heart, your soul! The album is Tripple Platinum right now as far as I'm concerned. God Bless you Mary!
From the onset of this album with the instant classic, No One Will Do, Mary, makes it quite clear for those unfortunate souls who didn't already know, that she is without a doubt the Queen. As I listened to the album, I realized that I started to cry actual tears, not of sadness but of pure joy. Being an ardent follower of MJB's ups and downs since her first album in the early 90's, and feeling her pain alongside every publicized drama to now hearing this gem of an album and knowing and truly believing that she has eventually found happiness, is a true blessing. Her album is pure glory, there is no one, NO ONE on the scene able to even try to compete with her, she is without a doubt a legend in her time.
No matter what she sings she is still one of the greatest artist of all time.
It's obvious from the first note that this has been a long time coming for Mary J. For all of us who have been with her from What's the 411 through My Life and all subsequent albums (though they've all had fine moments) I suspect we knew she had much more to give. This is the moment we've been waiting for. Mary gives it her all on this joint and it feels good. Still a newleywed, marriage obviously agrees with her and she's professing the truest of love and life like never before. This album showcases some of the finest production since My Life and that's saying alot. Each producer knew just what Mary needed in order to make each track shine. Just like back in the day when a good album truly flowed, this one is no exception. At this point in her career it's true that Mary J. gets much love and respect from many other musicians but I suspect that she's proudest of this moment because of what's she's been through and lived to tell the tale. The Queen has truly arrived.
On Mary J Bilge's new album "Breakthrough" she belts out her happiness and her sadness. In album's first single "Be Without You" she sings of the happiness of her marriage. She has collaborated with artists such as U2, Jay-Z, Will. i.am, Dave Young and Brook. On track 5," Gonna Breakthrough" Blige gives a club hip-hop feel and on "Take Me As I Am", Blige discusses her past in a smooth sultry sound. Overall "The Breakthrough" is a hit. Expect to see this album at the top of the charts!!!!
After a full review of the brekthrough, it let me know why iam a true die heart fan of Mary's there aint no other artist like her she always keep it real and give it to you straight with no chaser. And that's why she is still on top 15 years later there's no way you can't respect her.I love everyone she worked with on this album. Ijust wish that she could have worked with her bestfriend Lil Kim this time around. i wish her the best with her career and her personal life Mary is finally happy and that what she deserve.