As a huge MJB fan, I was highly anticipating this album and after listening to some tracks of the US version (Kitchen, I Am, Stronger) I had high hopes for "Stronger withEach Tear." I decided to wait and get the UK version after promise of new bonus tracks but now I wish I hadn't.
Out of 15 tracks, I love 5: "I Feel Good," with its positive, upbeat message, current single, "I Am," love song "I Love U (Yes I Du)," lead single "Stronger" and the classic Mary track, "In The Morning."
Whilst I loved Mary's U2 duet, "One," her rockier sounding tracks "Whole Lotta Love," "City On Fire," and "Stairway to Heaven," just aren't as good. "I Can't Wait" with will.i.am is awful, Jay Sean ruins "Each Tear" and the "I Am Remix" just isn't necessary.
The main problem is that the whole album sounds disjointed and it doesn't flow like the Stronger
US version does. It definately seems like they chose a few weaker tracks that they thought the UK market would like (more Rock/Pop/Dance) and just stuck them on. If that wasn't bad enough, they omitted the best R&B tracks (Kitchen, We Got Hood Love). I would definatley recommend the US version over this one if you are a true fan of Mary.