My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1) – Mary J. Blige

The title of this album immediately makes me think we’re talking about a greatest hits CD, collecting a little bit of everything that’s been released to paint a picture of her career to this point. That would be a totally incorrect assumption, but a great argument for not judging a book by it’s cover (or an album by it’s title).

This is an album that showcases the range and quality of Blige’s voice and it’s ability to transport you, it captures the broad range of her style from soulful ballads with a haunting quality to the music all the way through to hip-hop and R&B. The album has received mixed reviews though they have been generally favourable.

Mary J. Blige teams up again with long time collaborators Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Babyface and features some big name musicians on some of the tracks.

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Featured on My Life II are the talented vocals of Nas on Feel Inside, Brook Lynn on Midnight Drive, Busta Rhymes on Next Level as well as Drake on Mr Wrong, Rick Ross on Why, Diddy and Lil Wayne on Someone To Love Me (Naked) and Beyonce on Love a Woman.

My Life II is the tenth studio album from Mary J. Blige and she has received many awards throughout her career including the World Music Legends Award for combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s.

I can’t compare this to earlier Blige material because I am not familiar with it, what I can say is if you are a fan of Blige and looking for a wide range of moods and styles then you will love it.

Track Listing:

01. Intro
02. Feel Inside
03. Midnight Drive
04. Next Level
05. Ain’t Nobody
06. 25/8
07. Don’t Mind
08. No Condition
09. Mr. Wrong
10. Why
11. Love A Woman
12. Empty Prayers
13. Need Someone
14. The Living Proof
15. You Want This
16. This Love Is For You
17. One Life
18. Someone To Love Me (Naked)


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