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The Breakthrough [Extra tracks]

Mary J. Blige Audio CD
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Seventeen years after Mary J. Blige’s breakthrough LP, My Life, the wiser R&B queen is back with a sequel: My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1). "The first My Life, I didn't understand why I was in so much pain," says Blige. "This one adds another level of understanding." The album’s critically acclaimed first single, “25/8” ... Read more in Amazon's Mary J. Blige Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000CDGT50
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. No One Will Do (Album Version) 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Enough Cryin (Album Version) [feat. Brook Lynn] 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. About You (Album Version) [feat. Nina Simone] 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Be Without You (Kendu Mix) 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gonna Breakthrough (Album Version) [feat. Brook] 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Good Woman Down (Album Version) 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Take Me As I Am (Album Version) 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Baggage (Album Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Can't Hide From Luv (Album Version) [feat. JAY-Z] 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. MJB Da MVP (Album Version) 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Can't Get Enough (Album Version) 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ain't Really Love (Album Version) 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Found My Everything (Album Version) [feat. Raphael Saadiq] 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Father In You (Album Version) 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Alone (Album Version) [feat. Dave Young] 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. One (Album Version) [feat. U2] 4:20Album Only
Listen17. So Lady (Non-LP Version) [feat. Raphael Saadiq] 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Show Love (Album Version) 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Undisputed Queen of Hip Hop Soul and three-time Grammy winner Mary J Blige releases her highly anticipated brand new studio album, The Breakthrough. Eight albums and thirteen years since What's The 411 heralded the arrival of a voice to stand alongside the greats of soul music, The Breakthrough delivers Mary's trademark combination of raw power, serenity, conviction and compassion. The songs on The Breakthrough are evidence of Mary's journey from her childhood in the projects of Yonkers, New York, to her early successes plagued with drama, to her current breakthrough. The album takes the listener on a journey through its 14 tracks including an inspiring duet with Bono on U2's "One"; "MJB Da MVP" with Mary's vocal over The Game's "Hate it Or Love It"; and "Can't Hide From Love" with Jay-Z. Mary is well known for her innovative studio productions with a veritable who's-who of musical talents from Sting and Eric Clapton to Aretha Franklin to Method Man, Nas and Jay-Z. On The Breakthrough, Mary continues to work with a hot-list of producers including Bryan-Michael, Cox, Rodney Jerkins, the Black Eyed Peas' Will I Am, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dre & Vidal, Raphael Saadiq and more.

BBC Review

Mary J Blige may be in a happier space with her seventh album The Breakthrough, but it marks her as a grown woman who's allowed matrimony and Oprah to dull her creative shine.

It's a good thing the production is of such ahigh quality. The 9th Wonder produced "Good Woman Down" and "Can't Hide From Luv" (featuring Jay-Z) are the highlights. And her cover of The Games' "Hate it or Love It" will no doubt please fans of her younger, more edgy output.

Otherwise, The Breakthrough is begging for some of the finger-clicking attitude that we used to expect from the one time queen of ghetto fab. --Matilda Egere-Cooper

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class!!! 15 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Every single time Mary releases new material it just keeps getting better and better! This album contains everything that's become associated with her. There's non-stop positivity, talking through her (and your) struggles, yet there's an air of assured maturity now where you explicitly trust in her wisdom. Her voice has never sounded better, as the new single "Be Without You" demonstrates. However, that's merely a taster. If you have never enjoyed a Mary J Blige song before, once you listen to her take on U2's "One" you'll be forever converted. This has to be a single, it would definitely be the commercial success that often Mary misses out on. There's not one bad moment on the album, although there are obvious stronger songs. My personal highlights are "No one will do", "Enough Cryin'", "Be Without You", "Good Woman Down", "Can't Hide From Luv", "Ain't Really Love" and the amazing duet with Dave Young "Alone". Alongside other growers, the unbelievable version of "One", her makeover of the Game's "Hate it Or Love It" (MJB Da MVP) and the Kelis-esque bonus track "Show Love" this album is one of the best ever soul-hip-hop albums to be made. A must buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album from our R'N'B diva 19 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album takes some time to get used to, but i was drawn to the album from the first song "BE WITHOUT YOU" and then i heard the new song with u2 "ONE" you can see why it was called the breakthrough as the album sort of reads about mary j bliges life, now that i have heard the album in full it is truly a brilliant peice of work and is quite diffrent from what mary normally does.

a brilliant album with some excellent smooth grooves and stomping beats, perfect for any party!

9 out of 10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't keep a good woman down 13 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm extremely excited about this album from Mary-Jane. She draws upon a lifetime of experiences as inspiration, and boy does she come out of it with great credit for a job extremely well done.
Whether you're (like me) an eighties soul boy or girl, or if you're a contemporary RNB kid you'll love this equally, for there's enough pure soul and modern RNB to keep both camps happy, as well as the casual punter.
Like a great wine always seems to remind me of summer fruits- strawberries, cherries or raspberries, this album makes me think of MJB's likely influences as diverse as Teddy Pendergrass, Chaka Khan, The Mary Jane Girls (surely not the one and the same?), Alex O'Neal, Luther, Cherelle, and even Diana Ross.
I'm not going to give a track-by-track review, but my personal favourites are opening track 'No-one will do', the MJB classically-styled 'Be without you', the soulful hip-hop 'Gonna breakthrough', and the early 80s-reminiscent 'Baggage', but my two favourites are the wonderful 'Good woman down' and the amazing 'ONE' sang in duet with U2.
This album makes me want to drive out into the city at dusk and just cruise the city streets with my CD up LOUD! It's a classic soul album and it's contemporary enough to be a hit with the CD-buying public- the kids.
You really can't keep a good woman down it seems!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary just broke through 29 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
What a great album. I have bought the previous 2 outputs from Mary and this is by far the best - for me, the reason being that there are no fillers or weak songs. The first time I listened through, I kept waiting for a poor song and it never came.

The first four songs (including Be Without You) are stand-out, as are MJB da MVP and One.

Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wow 4 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was getting a bit bored of Mary J Blige,not her voice but the last couple of albums had been mediocre,especially the last one which was produced by p. diddy,aside from a couple of tracks that album was largely bland..i had given up hope of Mary ever returning to her game..even 1st single"Be Without you" from the new LP isnt that inspiring,so i nearly didnt get "The Breakthrough"..well all i can say is WOW GLAD I DID !! MARY IS BACK..SLAMMIN!! This is her 2nd best album easily..her best to me is still "Whats the 411" her debut,but this follows second..theres hardly a duff track on the whole album..only "Be Without You" and "Enough Cryin" stop this album from being a masterpiece. Best track is easily the 9th wonder produced "Good woman down"..9th wonder continues to prove why he is one of the most underatted producers around. Please get this album..THIS IS THE BEST RNB ALBUM OF 2005.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MJB's best yet 31 Dec 2005
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Format:Audio CD
I am a huge fan of Mary J. Blige, and have all her albums. This is the only one I would give 5 stars to though, as previous albums have phenomenally amazing songs but overall her albums don't tend to be that great, in my opinion.

However, with The Breakthrough, she really lives up to her "Queen of Hip-hop and Soul" status, delivering probably the second-best album of the year after Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi.

Standout tracks are definitely "Be Without You," "MJB Da MVP" and "One" with U2, which is just amazing.

Certainly any MJB fan would love this record, but I think it's really a must-have for any R&B/hip-hop/soul fan too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of Fillers 3 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Mary J Blige had been growing on me in recent years based on her previous hit singles and so I eagerly rushed to buy this CD, my first MJB album, when it was initially released. But what a let down!

To my mind there are only three good songs on it - the three singles. Debut single "Be Without You" (UK no. 32) really underperformed for such a classy piece of soul. The third release and stand-out track of the album, the up-tempo song "MJB da MVP", only managed to reach no. 33. Only "One", the U2 cover performed as a duet with Bono managed a respectable showing at no. 2. Although this track benefited from song recognition and a big name duetting partner, it was neither as good as the original nor a patch on the other two singles.

Meanwhile the rest of the album was pretty much dross - bland fillers that could have been from any one of half a dozen RnB singers merely padding out the rest of the album.

This album may appeal to the dedicated MJB or RnB fan, but I cannot recommend it to the more casual buyer. On the other hand, Mary J Blige's new album for 2008, "Growing Pains" is a huge improvement on this effort. And for a safe bet I can also happily recommend her 2006 best-of, "Reflections: a Retrospective: the Greatest Hits".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent album by Mary J Blige
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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.
Published 6 months ago by S Warmington
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Great value for money and once again Mary J Blige does not disappoint. This album show Mary is at a new stage in her life but clearly has not lost her touch to make music touch... Read more
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Mary J at her best! Can't stop playing it, five stars and much more. I promise that you won't be disappointed if you purchase this album
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This album reminds me of a quote by Rod Stewart about another singer; "she should occassionally pick a note and hold it for a while". Read more
Published on 5 April 2008 by Bill Peter
When I first got this album I thought it was OK and thought a few of the songs were trash. But recently I can't stop listening to it, it really is an excellent album. Read more
Published on 14 May 2007 by Mr. A. Minchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This has got to be one of the best albums out right now. This is a real feel good CD that I defy anyone not to sing along to.

Buy it, you will NOT be disappointed!
Published on 10 Feb 2007 by nevada-lover
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This album is lovely, its mature, yet appeals to all ages. Mary knows how to make a slick, well produced album with meaningful lyrics that show her feelings and identify with the... Read more
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Now this is a much better offering from Mary, i was never going to buy another MJB album after No More Drama which i class as her worst album to date. Read more
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