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Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the R&B diva, her ninth studio album overall. The album features musical contributions from T.I., Rodney Jenkins, Drake, Darkchild, Swizz Beatz, Sean Garrett, Polow Da Don, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Stargate and Ne-Yo. Features the singles 'The One' (featuring Drake) and 'I Am'. Also includes 'Color', lifted from the critically acclaimed motion picture Precious.

1. Tonight
2. The One (Featuring Drake)
3. Said And Done
4. Good Love (Featuring T.I.)
5. I Feel Good
6. I Am
7. Each Tear
8. I Love U (Yes I Du)
9. We Got Hood Love (Featuring Trey Songz)
10. Kitchen
11. In The Morning
12. Color - From The Motion Picture Precious: Based On The Novel "Push" By Sapphire

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: December 21, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dolby
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B002UZ5G7U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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The beautiful Mary J Blige has done it again.
S. James
The music is also quite a lot more slickly produced and less brittle than the last album Growing Pains,also a wonderful release by the way.
Andre S. Grindle
I love almost every song on this album...my favorites are Hood Love feat.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on December 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I imagine 'Stronger With Each Tear' is going to be an album that people either love or hate, leaving not much room for the middle ground. On the one hand, when placed in Blige's catalog, this album seems necessary or expected; it continues where the last album, 'Growing Pains', ended with Blige seeming more confident, secure and happier than ever. As a stand-alone album though, it doesn't seem to measure up to her past work. Upon the first listen, this was the first album of Blige's that I wasn't impressed with and moved by. It doesn't have the gut-wrenching angst, sadness and anger of her earlier albums or even that of 'Breakthrough' or 'Growing Pains'. The past albums all started off with a bang even with the first track. For this album though, it takes a few tracks for the album to find its legs. That being said, this is a good album but it certainly isn't Blige at her absolute best.

The Good: After two albums that felt somewhat similar style and sequencing wise, 'Stronger With Each Tear' feels like Blige's move in a new direction musically. There aren't as many ballads or deep, depressing tracks and instead, she seems more bent on finding her groove with hip-hop and dance tracks like "The One", featuring Blige's voice manipulated by auto-tune and a dancefloor-ready beat accompanied by hand-claps and an appearance by rapper Drake. A piano and string-backed "Hood Love" is catchy and soothing and has Blige singing of love and devotion rather than her usual theme of heartbreak and angst. "I Am" is this album's version of "Be Without You"; it's very mainstream, hip-hop but pop at the same time and (in my opinion) is Blige at her absolute best musically and vocal wise on the album.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Music Junkie on December 21, 2009
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Ok so if you've heard Mary's song from the "More Than A Game" Soundtrack which is titled "Stronger" well that song sums up the theme of this album....Mary brings it again and again like she always does....it seems as if over the last few albums Mary has gained more strength from her trials and tribulations and this album is a celebration of what doesnt kill you only makes you stronger..I saw MJB at the Hollywood Bowl a few years ago and I remember the huge catalog of songs she had to choose from...her songs from in her previous albums were different...in her early years lots more club/dance songs then later on a lot more painful emotional music...it seems like MJB has come full circle and now she's stronger than ever....this album is a must listen if you are looking for something to life your spirits

Highlights from the album include...

#2 The One (Feat. Drake) - great song produced by the only and only darkchild...Drake spits a great verse at the end
#4 Good Love (Feat. T.I.) - another very upbeat positive song featuring a good verse from TI at the end appreciating the women
#5 I Feel Good - MJB at her best trying to appreciate all the good in her life and everyone else's
#7 Each Tear - MJB telling everyone how each tear has truly made her stronger and a better person for going through the pain

I like most of the album...the above ones are just the highlights....I would check it out...and especially at the one day $3.99 price!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Damon Henderson on December 22, 2009
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Mary has accomplished so much as an artist and a woman, and I've watched her grow since What's the 411?. With each project she seems to grow, however after The Breakthrough something happened to the way she presented her music and for me it works. My Life will forever be my favorite Mary Album because it seems the most personal. This album reveals Mary in another new chapter, and I am right there with her. Its a happy album and it makes you wanna get close to the one you love and tell them how much you love them just in time for the holiday. Thanks for not letting me down Mary its grown folks music...check it out free,your mind and Enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessie on December 22, 2009
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I fell in love with Mary J. Blige after I heard the Breakthrough album and I started listening to her previous work. Stronger with Each Tear, I feel is a reprise of Love & Life. Love & Life didn't do that well due to the fact that it was not for her. These new songs sound fitting for people my age (I'm 15) and I feel Mary needs to do songs that are from the heart. When I heard the tittle of the new album I was excited because I thought it was going to be a reprise of My Life or No More Drama which are very personal and life-helping. These songs are about love and it seems like they are only to her husband. I want Mary to sing to me, but Mary J. I will still always buy your albums. I just feel that Mary can do better and this isn't her best.

Favorite Songs:
Tonight
The One
Said & Done
Good Love
I Feel Good
I Am
Each Tear
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James L. Mason on December 23, 2009
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I have been a diehard MJB fan since I can remember and once again she does not disappoint. Mary has grown into such a beautiful classy woman that its hard to believe that the same girl who was singing about heartbreak on her 1994 Album "My Life" is now singing about being proud and happy about being herself and most importantly LOVING herself. Now how many females artists of today can say that they are truly happy with themselves and really appreciate there success?

Although this Cd is very short compared to her usual 14 plus cds, every track is still worth the listen. My favorites, "The One", "I Am", "Good Love" and "Each Tear".

I really hope she keeps up with the amazing inspirational work and not sell her soul like most of these so called "cookie cutter wannabe singers". THANK MS. BLIGE FOR PUTTING OUT ANOTHER HOT RECORD!!! Im already looking for album Number 10!!!
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