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Mary

Mary J. BligeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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listen  1. All That I Can SayMary J. Blige 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sexy [feat. Jadakiss]Mary J. Blige 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Deep Inside [feat. Elton John]Mary J. Blige 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beautiful OnesMary J. Blige 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'm In LoveMary J. Blige 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. TimeMary J. Blige 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. MemoriesMary J. Blige 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Don't Waste Your TimeAretha Franklin 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Not LookinMary J. Blige 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Your ChildMary J. Blige 5:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. No Happy HolidaysMary J. Blige 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Love I Never HadMary J. Blige 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Give Me You [feat. Eric Clapton]Mary J. Blige 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Let No Man Put AsunderMary J. Blige 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


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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 (August 17, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 17, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000JWQH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After a three-year break from studio releases, the queen of hip-hop soul returns with her fourth. From the Fulfillingness' First Finale-style groove of the opening "All That I Can Say" to the replayed "Bennie and the Jets" sample on "Deep Inside," these tracks are perfect matches for Blige's update of classic R&B values. --Rickey Wright

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ¤¤¤ There's Something About Mary ¤¤¤¤ November 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If this album was a painting, it would be filled with radiant colors, gorgeous textures and encased in an exquisite, meticulously designed frame. In other words: A work of art. Much has been said about the clarity and the overall sound of Mary's voice. But I'm telling you, NO ONE can channel their pain and feelings through their voice like Ms. Blige. You have no choice but to feel what she's feeling. "...don't judge me or think I'm bitter, for the evil God's allowed me to see......I'm just Mary." Classic!
Mary reinvents herself yet again. She come at you with this old-school, 70's vibe and mixes it with the soul and flava that made her what she is. She has an impressive list of guests on this one: Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Elton John, etc. "All That I Can Say" gives you an old Stevie Wonder (Songs in the Key of Life) type feel. On "Deep Inside", she pleads with you to see the 'real Mary'. She even updates the Gap Band classic "I'm In Love". She also represents for the club-heads with her cover of "Let No Man Put Asunder", which is hittin' in the clubs worldwide. The true highlight of this set is "The Love I Never Had". Complete with a live band, Mary gives it up on this one, all the way up to when she 'breaks it down'. Once there, she flows with some freestyle scatting and riffs that would make Ella proud.
Overall, this album proves why Mary is the trend-setting, innovative, soul-stirring Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep, It's Mature, It's Pure, It's Mary March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Mary J Blige's music ever since her debut album, "What's The 411?" was released back in 1992. The album was so innovative and groundbreaking becuase few artists were doing what Blige was doing at the time, mixing hip-hop and R&B together. But, ever since that album and her 1994 classic, "My Life", Mary has been excessively using hip-hop elements to keep reinventing her sound. One her fourth album, simply titled, "Mary", Blige truly sounds like a mature artist. On this album, she throws away her raw and gritty hip-hop production, in favor of a more polished and glossy soulful sound. The opening, "All That I Can Say", which is written and produced by Lauryn Hill, is a lushy and moody ballad that has Mary echoing Stevie Wonder's sound. "Sexy" is probably the only song on here that has a true hip-hop sound, with Mary looping the melody and lyrics of the Michael Jackson tune, "I Can't Help It", which was written by Stevie Wonder. JadaKiss also does some brilliant rapping here. "Deep Inside" is all about stardom and its ups and downs. This track has Elton John replaying a piano loop from his 1973 hit, "Bennie And The Jets". "Beautiful Ones" is a mid-tempo ballad that has some beautiful and soft acoustic guitar being played throughout the song. It's a very elegant tune. "I'm In Love" is a personal favorite of mine. On this tune, Mary does a refreshing cover of The Gap Band's memorable ballad. "Time", a song that is brilliantly co-written by Stevie Wonder, is a haunting, yet introspective tune with Mary basically talking about the world's problems. She even loops the orchestral bridge off of Stevie's 1976 hit, "Pastime Paradise". "Memories" is a mid-tempo, sophisticated ballad with Blige covering her aspect on relationships. Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE UNDISPUTED QUEEN OF HIPHOP February 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
ONCE AGAIN MARY PROVES WHY SHE IS THE QUEEN. SHE GIVES IT TO YA RAW, UNFORTUNATELY SOME PEOPLE MISTAKE THAT RAWNESS FOR ANGER AND BITTERNESS. MARY IS ON A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL AND SOME PEOPLE JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND. MARY MAKES SONGS THAT ARE ABOUT REALITY, AND THINGS THAT SHE HAS GONE THROUGH. WHICH SO HAPPENS TO BE WHAT ALOT OF YOUNG WOMEN HAVE EITHER GONE THROUGH OR ARE CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH. HER MUSIC IS FROM THE SOUL WHICH IS WHY SHE WILL CONTINUE TO SHINE. MY PERSONAL FAVORITES ARE 'DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME' FEATURING THE QUEEN OF SOUL ARETHA FRANKLIN, 'NO HAPPY HOLIDAY', 'GIVE ME YOU' W/ERIC CLAPTON, 'DEEP INSIDE' W/ELTON JOHN AND THE 'LOVE I NEVER HAD'. IN THE SONG 'YOUR CHILD' I REALLY LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY ACTED LIKE REAL WOMEN AND NOT GUEST ON JERRY SPRINGER. THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM IS 'NOT LOOKIN' FEATURING K-CI, IS IT JUST ME OR DOES EVERY TIME THIS TWO GET TOGETHER THE SONG IS OFF THE CHAIN. I STILL LOVE 'IF YOU LOVING YOU IS WRONG' FROM 'WHAT'S THE 411'.
LIKE DMX SAID TO LIVE IS TO SUFFER BUT TO SURVIVE IS TO FIND MEANING WITHIN THE SUFFERING AND MARY J BLIGE IS A SURVIVER! ONE LOVE **LILSPECIAL**
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic Growth is a good thing! June 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Mary has moved into full fledged R&B on this album.....it is so smooth and beautiful. I think that anyone who truly likes an artist will appreciate that artist's work if it comes from the heart. And it is obvious that Mary put her heart and soul into making this album. Like her previous albums it is deeply personal, but a little less hiphop beats and more straight forward R&B! If you don't know much about Mary J. Blige...let me tell you this about her. The way she sings comes straight from her heart, raw and unedited. She has experienced the problems in life that we all have faced...and makes us feel like were one of her best friends. It is that realness that has put her in a category of her own...hence her title: Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Because she is considered a modern legend, she will probably release albums well into her old age, like Aretha Franklin, or Patti La Belle. I look forward to this journey with Mary, because as she matures as an artist, she will probably go through different stages of her career.....releasing live albums, studio albums, duets albums, gospel albums, even rap albums. The current Mary album is a journey into the more R&b side of Mary. The next part of Mary's journey will be Mary Volume II, which should hit stores later this year, or early 2001. Some of the guests on that album are Busta Rhymes, Silk the Shocker, Missy Elliot, and Jay-Z. It will be more uptempo style. Anywayz.....thank yall so much for reading this review. And buy the album......if you like it buy some of her old albums.....they are like a biographical journey of Mary J. Blige......Her albums are: What's the 411 (1992); What's the 411 remixes (1993); My Life (1994); Share My World (1997); The Tour (1998); Mary (1999)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete CD
The quality of the songs were fine; however there was one song missing that is supposed to be on this album and even I reported my complaint, nothing was done to remedy the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by shirley butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary By Mary J. Blige
I had this CD before and i went crazy when i tried to find it. I love this cd and Mary J. Blige is one of my favorites. I had to order me another one. Love it, Love it
Published 7 months ago by Sheila Griffin-Roles
5.0 out of 5 stars MARY MARY MARY MARY J BLIGE
I am a TRUE fan and I had to repurchase this cd but as always its MARY and she WINS every time.
Published 10 months ago by SNC
5.0 out of 5 stars great deals
I love this cd. I got it for a great price and it arrived quickly. I would recommend it to any R&B fan.
Published 14 months ago by cinemax
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVING THIS ALBUM STILL
I absolutely still listen to this album to this day and my Favorite joint on this Album is (Memories) song number 7!!! Read more
Published 21 months ago by JUSTME
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary J Saying Everything She Can
Already by this point more than well established "queen of hip-hop soul",particularly with her second album My Life,Mary had established herself as a female artist defined by her... Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars her best album!
to me this is her best album, no fillers at all,classic! a very emotional Mary on this one. at the time it came out it blew away any other r&b album (except mamas gun by Erykah... Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by kelseybud
5.0 out of 5 stars MJB!!!!!!!
I recently purchased a Mary J Cd and I loved it!! I purchased it because I heard a song on an online radio channel and could not find the CD in the store anymore. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by TAMMIEJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Mary
In 1999, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige was on top of the world professionally. Her prior albums had all sold extremely well with some major number one hits between them. Read more
Published on April 3, 2010 by rmcrae
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary
Without a doubt I think this is her most powerful and meaningful CD to date. The lead single, "Beautiful Ones", "Deep Inside", "Time", and "Memories" are the reasons this CD is so... Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by TREND700
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