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Stronger with Each Tear [Dolby]

Mary J. BligeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 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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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 (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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.

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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Stronger With Each Tear' Good, But Not Blige's Best Work 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Uplifting.... December 21, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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 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 her early years lots more club/dance songs then later on a lot more painful emotional 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Stronger with each Listen December 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat of A Reminder of Love & Life December 22, 2009
By Jessie
Format:MP3 Music
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:
The One
Said & Done
Good Love
I Feel Good
I Am
Each Tear
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid By All Means, 4 stars December 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Stronger with Each Tear is definitely another solid MJB album, if not as great as her exemplary, Grammy-winning The Breakthrough or it's equally fine follow-up, 2007's Grammy-winning Growing Pains. Both albums garnered exceptional critical response as well as platinum certification (The Breakthrough went triple platinum). 'Stronger With Each Tear' is another great contribution, even if its status is diminished from the those two great MJB albums. The material isn't as spectacular, but still alluring and enjoyable nonetheless, with some tracks that would've been equally at home on previous MJB albums. The production is top-notch, much like the fine work on 'Growing Pains'. As always, MJB's voice is magnificent, even on material that is slightly less satisfactory than previous albums.

The album opens up with the somewhat clunky "Tonight". It doesn't quite allure like better starts such as 'The Breakthrough's' "No One But You" or 'Growing Pains' thrilling "Work That", but it works and sets the tone of the album. It isn't bad, mind you, but it took a couple of listens for me to truly get into the song. Follow-up track "The One", featuring rap up-start Drake is better, making a few more concessions to hip-hop than Blige has made in the past. Sure, that sounds crazy, considering that Blige is the queen of hip-hop soul, but with a plethora of production effects there is a more outright, hip-hop oriented sound here. It doesn't trump "Grown Woman" from 'Growing Pains', but it is enjoyable. Did Blige need auto-tune? No, she's MJB, the queen!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's cool but not her best work
Published 3 months ago by anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars stronger with each tear
I have already submitted a review,but I will again submit the fact that I am still jamming on this CD and that I love this artist!
Published 5 months ago by Bernedine
2.0 out of 5 stars not happy
The songs that are on this CD are not the ones that are on the original version . Very Disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by Karlene
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorites!
Mary J. Blige is an awesome songstress who knows her music and give you exacltly what you're looking for in music.
Published 7 months ago by Battles888
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Mary J Blige
Mary never disappoints her fans. You can count on Mary to get you thru the day. This was a great addition to my music library.
Published 9 months ago by Sugar Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE MARY
Best R&B Singer and I love ALL her music! Keep it up Mary! I do wish she would make an only Gospel CD.
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i dont like this kind of music. it was an anniversary gift for my wife. she seems to enjoy it
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i really love r & b music i am from the old school and mellow music was what you need on a real stressful day tha twill calm the nerves and set an atomsphere that is loving and... Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Pauletha Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Record
Unlike other reviewers, I think Mary is best when she stands alone. This is a strong woman with a powerful voice. She doesn't need rap from Drake or T.I. to make a good album. Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by Rick
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