Think Like a Man Too

Think Like a Man Too

by Mary J. Blige


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Think Like a Man Too

Instead of offering another set of mostly forgettable material from assorted R&B and rap artists, the soundtrack for the sequel to Think Like a Man takes a different approach. It provides an all-new set of material from Mary J. Blige. Her first non-holiday release since 2011's My Life II, it aligns her with the-Dream and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart on seven cuts -- that's half the album -- as well as several other writers and producers. The match with the most star power is heard on "See That Boy Again," a collaboration with Pharrell Williams. It's a solid, elegant '70s throwback dashed with Latin, Philly, and Memphis soul touches and an easy groove. It's trailed by a sweet and sunny midtempo cut ("Wonderful") and a stunning ballad ("Kiss and Make Up"), both of which involve an extensive crew centered around the duo of Andrew "Pop" Wansel and Warren "Oak" Felder (Elle Varner, K. Michelle). Nostalgia naturally factors quite heavily, made plain off the bat with an opening faithful cover of Shalamar's "A Night to Remember" (a Rodney Jerkins production on which Blige could have used a Howard Hewett) and the following Dream duet "Vegas Nights," a slick dance cut that references more soul artists than Kanye West's "Slow Jamz." The Dream/Tricky productions are generally fine, if nothing special. The one that sounds least like their work -- "Cargo," involving soft electric piano and a breakbeat instantly familiar to old hip-hop heads -- is the best of the lot. For Blige fans, the amount of upbeat material -- relative to Blige's anguish-rich discography -- is refreshing, yet they get plenty of heartache as well. As a soundtrack, it's an enjoyable change of pace.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2014
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888430878426
catalogNumber: 308784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary J. Blige   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Andy Grassi   Guitar
Mark J. Feist   Drums
Andre Bowman   Bass Guitar
Mo'Horns   Horn
Rexsell Hardy   Drums
Monte Neuble   Keyboards
Jared Moore   fender rhodes
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Strings,Musician
Paul Falcone   Keyboards
Crystal Nicole   Background Vocals
Fredrik Halland   Guitar
Raymond Shondale "Shonny B Mack" Hinton   Guitar
Quantae Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Ronnie Laws   Composer
Mary J. Blige   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Grover Washington   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Vocal Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Mark J. Feist   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Dana Meyers   Composer
Nidra Sylvers   Composer
Bart Schoudel   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Arden Altino   Composer
Jaymz Hardy-Martin   Engineer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Producer
Fuko Chubachi   Art Direction
LaShawn "The Big Shiz" Daniels   Composer,Vocal Producer
Mike Larson   Arranger,Engineer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
D'mile   Programming
Charmaine Sylvers   Composer
Antonio "L.A." Reid   Executive Producer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer,Producer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer,drum programming
Kevin Schinstock   Engineer
Terius Nash   Composer,Programming,Producer
Matt Champlin   Engineer
Crystal Nicole   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Priscilla Renea Hamilton   Composer
Greg Morgan   Sound Design
Ronald Colson   Composer
Oakwud   Producer
Flippa123   Producer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Producer
Samuel Dew   Composer
Jerry Duplessis   Composer
Adrian Sotomayor   Composer
TheAceFace69   Producer
Real MF   Arranger,Producer
Stephen Mostyn   Composer
Raysean Hairston   Composer

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