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My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1

Mary J. BligeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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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 (November 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B005OBMQAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Feel Inside
3. Midnight Drive
4. Next Level
5. Ain't Nobody
6. 25/8
7. Don't Mind
8. No Condition
9. Mr. Wrong
10. Why
11. Love a Woman
12. Irreversible
13. Empty Prayers
14. Need Someone
15. The Living Proof
16. Miss Me with That
17. Someone to Love Me (Naked)

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Deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks. 2011 album from the R&B superstar. My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act I) is the 10th studio album from Blige. The album is the official sequel to her 1994 album My Life. Features guest appearances from Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, The Underdogs, Jerry Wonda, Jay-Z and many others.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I own "My Life" in three formats: 1) LP 2) CD 3) Digital. It was in the middle of the brilliant trilogy of "What's the 411," "My Life," and "Share My World" when my world was completely shaken. "My Life" will probably always be my favorite MJB album but I think it's so brave of her to look at such an iconic album in the face and not be afraid of it. Rather, she attempts to extend or revisit her perspectives from 17 years ago. "My Life" is an undeniable classic but Mary asks: "where are we now?"

She ponders this in the introduction to "My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act I)" when she says that "it's not a competitor, it's a sequel." So she is letting us know that this album has a fresh perspective but retains the genuine aspects of "My Life" that we love so much.

I'm currently on my third spin of the album and I love it so much. Since the "Mary" album, I've felt as if I've only listened to Mary casually. I truly don't think this has anything to do with Mary but, rather, the space I've found myself in at any particular time.

I loved "In the Meantime" from "No More Drama." I loved "Fade Away" and "Smoke" from "Growing Pains." & when I put on "My Life II" today, I rediscovered my love for this legend all over again.

The first half of the album is very good--minus the remake of "Ain't Nobody"-my least favorite song on the album--but trust me, the second half is where you want to be.

"Don't Mind," "No Condition," "Mr. Wrong," "Love of a Woman," "Empty Prayers," and "Need Someone" are stellar tracks.

This is the Mary J. Bilge that I know & love. & this has nothing to do with the tension between "happy" and "sad" Mary. It has everything to do with the music and she simply delivers on the music with this album, which is all that has ever mattered. Welcome back Legendary one.

I have a feeling that one day I will, too, own "My Life II" in multiple formats.

Enjoy fans.

4.5
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Empty Prayers Of Mary J Blige November 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
From the first time I heard her music,I have to admit that one key to Mary J Blige's entire career path has been uneveness. Capable of the some of the most powerful musical ideas and lyrical observations of her time one minute,than complacent to the point of resting on her laurels the next. Than again many of her musical predecessors from Aretha Franklin and Prince have careers seemingly built on inconsistency. It may in fact be at the very heart of baring ones soul in music. It is sad however Mary J finds herself in a music world in the grip of a survival crisis I've never witnessed before in my lifetime. The debate does on whether the CD format will survive over MP3's,or if soul and funk has slowly become extinct due in part to it's more posturing child hip-hop. All of these things probably factored into Mary's sequel to her career defining sophomore album. It was exciting to me when I learned she was doing this for her next album. My expectations weren't even all that way,so long as Mary lives up to herself and her artistry. Honestly,the results bare for more scrutiny than one might hope.

One of the main things about this album,after the inspiring intro featuring a conversation between Mary and Sean Combs is that the next three cuts feature....surprise surprise:guest rappers. And very cliched ones even for that. And again the rapping adds nothing to the songs. All it does is show what a low state hip-hop has come to in this day and age. No real emotional or reflective swells. Just shameless,thoughtless posturing designed to get attention and sales. And when Mary J's typically powerful voice comes in on even the fairly grooving "Next Level",you wonder why she needed Busta Rhymes there in the first place.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes! November 21, 2011
By David
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This hit iTunes 12am this morning. Smooth, sexy, hard, soulful, beautiful. That's how I would describe this cd. Mary J brings yet another winning cd. Thanks for including The Living Proof, an anthem for the struggle. The guest list is perfect also. Wonderful early Christmas present from Mrs. MJ. Thank you for answering the phone Mary, MMMMaaaarrryyyy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary J., You DID BRING IT!!!!! December 17, 2011
By Tracy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mary OD'D! Yes, people are complaining about it not being like "My Life", trying to keep Mary in a box. If you open your mind you will hear Mary telling Puffy this cd is not a competitor against "My Life" but, a sequel to it. It's clear that Mary has grown in so many ways on this album. Each track is so individualized. The first time I played it I said, "DAMN, EVERY SONG IS HOT" each telling it's own story. And, THE BEATS, OMG! I love it. If you don't buy this cd now you're only gonna kick yourself later. This ISH is HOT! Instrumentally, rhythmically and most of all LYRICALLY! That's why I don't mind saying Mary, I love you!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!! November 29, 2011
By tonya
Format:Audio CD
I previewed this CD on here before i purchased it and i wasn't really feeling it. The next day i decided to buy the CD and play it on my stereo so i could get a really good feel for the songs. I am glad i did this CD is amazing. She did an excellent job and the more i listen to it the more i like it. I notice several people say they want the old Mary,however it comes a point in life when a person has to grow and i think she has. I will continue to be a FAN for life!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1 January 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mary J Blige has been in the music biz for over 20 years and still has the "fire in her belly" to put out original music and I believe she has earned the right to revisit her most revered album: MY LIFE. After listening a few times I enjoy this album slightly more than GROWING PAINS but not quite as much as THE BREAKTHROUGH. As a fan I honestly did not expect a re-creation of MY LIFE because that album came at a particular time in HER life that was bleak; it was an honest, emotional album that still hits me in the heart all these years later when I listen to it.

Beginning with the INTRO, Mary & Puff discuss HER intentions for this album. She clearly states that this album represents a continuation of her life & is not meant to compete with the MY LIFE album. (I also think Mary's unspoken wish is that her fans have grown with her and have moved past dark times as she has.)

My instant faves are:

WHY f/ Rick Ross - I cannot stop listening to this track!
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