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Comfortably In A Condition To Love: Mary revisits "My Life",
This review is from: My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) (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.
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Initial post: Nov 29, 2011 9:05:43 AM PST
Sandy Brown says:
Great review. Is this Mary herself, speaking?
Posted on Nov 29, 2011 11:02:13 PM PST
L. Y. BETHEA says:
Just got done listening to 'My Life II', and I must say while I respect those whose opinions fall in the one to two star category, I could not disagree with them more. This album displays a maturity that comes with a woman entering her fourth decade of life, while still being able to loosen it up a bit. Particularly the first half of the CD, which features some really good beats. And yes, while Rufus and Chaka Khan will always own "Ain't Nobody" (I frankly never really cared for the covers anyway), the original material stands out.
As you point out, the second half of the album is stellar. "Empty Prayers", and "The Living Proof" will be on my 25 Most Played on my iPod. I'm also glad I purchased the Deluxe Edition, because "Miss Me With That" is also good. I also like "Irreversable".
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 11:32:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 11:33:05 PM PST
@ C. Murphy, thank you--I really appreciate it.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 11:46:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 11:49:26 PM PST
@ L.Y. Bethea, I'm glad you're enjoying it too. Like you said, for those who are not really feeling the album--cool. But everytime I put it on, I can't deny that I love it. Right now, I have "Midnight Drive" on repeat. lol! It seems like I fall in love with a different track everyday.
This album really makes me want to revisit "The Breakthrough." I own it but I never loved it like other people. Again, maybe that has to do with the space I was in at the time.
Also, I'm glad you shouted out "Miss Me With That" and "Irreversable." Good songs.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 10:49:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2011 10:53:21 PM PST
L. Y. BETHEA says:
"The Breakthrough"--another Blige classic. "Be Without You" is one of the best cuts from that album, hands down. But yes, I can definitely see playing quite a few "My Life II" cuts more than once.
Posted on Jan 1, 2012 4:47:36 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
This was a great review. I give your review a 5 and think that you should post these words on MJB's facebook page. Everyone needs encouragement and I think you were very selective in doing so.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 2:14:41 AM PST
@Tomiko, thank you very much for your kind words.
Posted on Jan 6, 2012 2:06:41 PM PST
I love this album
Posted on Jan 8, 2012 9:59:56 PM PST
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