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2007 album from the six-time Grammy Award winning R&B diva with production by Timbaland (Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado), Stargate (Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Beyonce), Jazze Pha (Ciara, Ludacris, T.I., Lil' Wayne), Tricky Stewart (J. Holiday, Tyrese) and others. Songs written by Mary J Blige, Ne-Yo, Sean Garrett (Usher, Ciara, Chris Brown) and The Dream (Sting, Rihanna, Featuring the first single 'Just Fine'
"I'm talkin' 'bout things I know," Mary J. Blige wails on "Work That," the second single and opening track of Growing Pains. The album squeaked into 2007 too late to make best-of lists but otherwise would have stormed its way up several, for sure. She needn't have hit us with such a pronouncement: In 16 songs that ring as remarkably, unflinchingly true as those on 2005's landmark The Breakthrough, the queen of hip-hop soul keeps "keeping it real" a specialty. There's no sense in trying to assign credit for the skin-tight grooves and funked-up retro vibe here; with nine producers padding Blige's emotion-rich voice and the lyrics she so obviously lives by, what we're left with is a melange of sounds. But it's a measure of an artist who has mastered her own identity and left nothing to chance that this, her eighth studio album, comes off so free of wild cards and loose edges. "You ask what love feels like," she sings on "What Love Is," one of the disc's less fierce tracks. "It feels like joy, and it feels like pain, and it feels like sunshine, and it feels like rain," she continues, answering the question. The album feels the same way, a passel of complex feelings all wrapped up in love. No one knows struggle, heartache, and triumph over mediocrity like Blige. --Tammy La Gorce
I give Mary J 5 stars I bought her cd when it first came out but had problems with computer to down load on my phone , so I bought her on my kindle and that went on my I phone. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Debra Donlan
Love every song on the cd all the songs ear good every body.All I have to say BUY it and you see for your self.Published 23 days ago by Lillian J.
The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5: this is a HAPPY Mary J album. I prefer SAD Mary J.
It does pump me up to hear some of these songs though. Read more
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Congrats to Mary! Also, to Alicia Keys, who continues to move stunning amounts of units every week. I'm proud of them both.
Dec 30, 2007 by W. E. Phillips | See all 4 posts
|Why was it pushed back??||
To get extra $ from the holiday shoppers like she did with the Breakthrough two years ago. Also, "Just Fine" isn't doing as well as expected.
Nov 15, 2007 by W. E. Phillips | See all 8 posts