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Reflections - A Retrospective

13 Feb 2014

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2006
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 2006
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Geffen Records
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  • Total Length: 1:18:05
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  • ASIN: B001LZ2GXW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,203 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By I. Greaves on 20 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, this is a great collection of Mary J Blige songs, but it definitely shouldn't be called "The Greatest Hits". If it were just a retrospective of her career so far then it's not a bad choice of tracks but there are so many that have been missed out which would have made this an amazing and must-have album. The addition of the 4 new tracks adds a big incentive to buy, as all of them are first class, especially the opener, which desrcibes how far Blige has come in her career, but it's after these that you begin to wonder who chose the rest. Where is "You Remind Me", "Reminisce", "Sweet Thing" and "Love No Limit" from "What's the 411?" (still Mary's most acclaimed work)? Where is "Mary Jane (All Night Long)" and "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" from "My Life"? The biggest omission of all has to be "Everything" (a song most people would associate most highly with MJB, and a song which was her highest charting position in the UK, which did not feature another artist). Also missing is "I Can Love You", "Love Is All We Need" and "Seven Days" from "Share My World", "Misty Blue" from "The Tour", "All That I Can Say", "Deep Inside" and "Your Child" from "Mary", "Dance For Me", Rainy Dayz" and "No More Drama (Remix)" from "No More Drama", as well as "Love @ 1st Sight", "Ooh", "Not Today", and "It's Wrap", all ignored from the less than successful "Love & Life" album, but still great stand alone singles. Then finally, her most acclaimed and successful album in over ten years and still two of the biggest hits from "The Beakthrough" are ignored ("Enough Cryin'" and "Take Me As I Am"!) when a track which wasn't even released is added ("No One Will Do"). What my point is how much more of an incredible and essential album this should have been.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Birkett on 22 Jun 2008
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Firstly it's not the songs on here that are lacking, it's the number of them, although there are several good moments on this album, like `Family Affair', Mo More Drama, 911, I'm Going Down, Be Without you and Not Gon' Cry, it's still not enough and there's certainly a lot missing, I didn't think that much to the new songs either, although I liked the alternate solo verson of `One', which was a bit of a surprise since it was listed as a duet, but overall i think that if Mary intended this as a greatest hits album, then she should have followed Whitney's example, and gone for a 2-disc set with the ballads on one CD, and the up-tempo songs on the other, i think this technique would have worked really well for Mary, but as it is only a retrospective, in other words an overview then not bad, but i hope if they release a second collection, it will have a whole lot more songs on it and cover every single album, because after buying this this CD, i did feel slightly cheated.
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I have loved MJB since What's The 411 and have got to admit that I was a little bit disappointed with this. The 4 new tracks are great and are the reson why I bought this album. But there is nothing from 'Share My World', unless you count 'Not Gonna Cry', which was on the 'Waiting To Exhale' soundtrack to begin with, 'Love & Life' (no big loss), and nothing from 'Mary'!! How the record company could not include 'More Than I Can Say' is beyond me. I have to agree with the other reviewers-this could have been a brilliant double album!!! Still, I have given it 4 stars as I love MJB!!!
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Very pleased with my purchase, I love this album! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Product described perfectly, seller extremely highly recommended. Thank you very much.
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This girl takes contemporary soul music to where it should be - reflecting time and place. It is impossible to compare the album with any of the pap which UK songsters roll out. It is simply a class apart.
I love soul music; past and present. This album is placed firmly in the recent present. MJB charts her way through life and discloses part of the highs and lows of her life through first-person songs, structured magnificently, well-arranged having heart-rending lyrics over strong melodies.
I feel that a new window on music has opened-up to me. Some Hip-Hop I like and some I am bored with. This album straddles the best of Hip-Hop and the best of Soul - a kind of fusion.
The arrangements are very clever with some cliché introductions and arrangements, yet it all goes together well. Against the main rhythms and riffs there are many musical counterparts lifting the whole music to a level of emotional torture wrapped up in the feeling of being able to recognise the grief having experienced similar in one's own life and managed to get through it all whilst maintaining self-respect. To enable this, there are some nerve tingling underplays - such as a question and answer dialogue in one number, where MJB asks a question and the backing singers (of whom she is one) just repeat emphatically, `Yes! Yes! Yes!' during which the arrangement manages to use sparse music to tear the human soul evoking the shape of the situation being recounted.
If you like music which tests your emotions, sung, played and arranged well, then this is for you.
MJB - one of the best talents out there telling it how it is contained within a robust musical package. 10 out of 5 stars - simply wonderful.
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