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The Breakthrough

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Breakthrough features songs produced by Brian Michael Cox, Rodney Jerkins, the Black Eyed Peas' Will I Am, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dre & Vidal, Johnta Austin, Raphael Saadiq and others. The first single is the smash hit 'Da MVP'. Geffen. 2005.

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Nobody knows heartache like Mary J. knows heartache. But as she releases her seventh disc, perhaps more important is that nobody understands better how unquenchable our thirst to hear what it sounds like can be. The Breakthrough, contrary to run-up rumors, is no retrospective or greatest-hits package. Rather than reheat, Blige and producers Dr. Dre, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Will.i.am tasked themselves with stirring a river of hurt into some of the highest-caliber hip-hop/soul to hit the airwaves since she burned up the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack with "Not Gon' Cry." Cameos alone could sell this disc: Brook, Jay-Z, Raphael Saadiq, and Bono step up. But it's the trademark ragged-edged soul of its star that shines brightest throughout the 16 tracks. "A love that tears you down ain't really love," a laid-bare Blige reminds us on "Ain't Really Love," after dedicating "Good Woman Down" to "my troubled sisters." Somewhere in between, she leaves absolutely no room for doubt that she just can't be without her baby ("Be Without You"). It's an exhilarating, love-affirming moment on a CD jammed full of them (check out "Can't Get Enough," with its echoes of a pleading Curtis Mayfield). Blige, never far from the thoughts of the lovelorn, didn't need a breakthrough, but anybody with an ear for artful confession will be glad she's given us The Breakthrough anyway. --Tammy La Gorce

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. No One Will Do
  2. Enough Cryin
  3. About You
  4. Be Without You
  5. Gonna Breakthrough
  6. Good Woman Down
  7. Take Me As I Am
  8. Baggage
  9. Can't Hide From Luv
  10. MJB Da MVP
  11. Can't Get Enough
  12. Ain't Really Love
  13. I Found My Everything
  14. Father In You
  15. Alone
  16. One


Product details

  • Audio CD (December 20, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000BNTM32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 404 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,023 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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