- Audio CD (December 21, 2009)
- Original Release Date: December 21, 2009
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Geffen
- ASIN: B002UZ5G7U
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
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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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Anyway, this album had way more winning tracks than it takes nose dives.
Let's get the bad (or average tracks) out of the way first because they are very few and far between.
'The One' has attitude but I just can't get into it like I want to. Even though it has Drake featured on it, I still don't love it. It's average.
The only song here that I just outright don't like and don't really get is the anti-exciting 'Each Tear'. It's boring and flat to me. The message doesn't get through to me and I think this track should have been left OUT.
But to the great tracks.
'Said And Done' is a hip-hop/R&B banger. It's very catchy, memorable, upbeat and can put you in a good mood. For those of you who have yet to hear this track, get ready to dance. 'Good Love' also has a nice swagger to it. T.I. KILLS his verse. I can't believe he didn't write it because it's totally him. Ne-Yo co-wrote this.
'I Feel Good' is a quieter jam, but it definitely isn't slow. It's just quiet. But it also has a certain swagger to it that you will just love. It's the first track I downloaded from the album before my mom decided to buy the whole album last night. Ne-Yo also co-wrote this one and you can soooo tell. 'I Am', the second single, really, REALLY had to grow on me. I was a bit disappointed at first. However, now I like it. The bridge is inescapable and catchy.
'I Love U (Yes I Du)' is fun. It's not as great as my 3 favorite tracks but it's still good. 'We Got Hood Love' (feat. Trey Songz) is yes, you know it, another banger. It's not a danceable track, but the way Mary delivers on this track is amazing. The lyrics are more important than the beat here. It's probably the last great track here.
Another good track is and 'In The Morning'. 'Color' isn't so bad either. I just don't know if it really fits here. The last track I will touch on is the one featuring my girl Jazmine Sullivan, titled 'Gonna Make It' and exclusive to Amazon. It's an empowering track and really can inspire you to keep holding on if you let it. But if you aren't into songs like that, then you probably won't like this one either. Jazzy's voice is beautiful on said track though (as it usually is). Can't wait for her 2nd album!
Before I go, I would just like to say that I'm happy that Mary co-wrote just about every track here save for 'Good Love' and 'I Feel Good' I believe.
Nice return to form, Mary!
'Said And Done'
'Good Love' &
'I Feel Good'
**"I Feel Good" - Don't let anyone steal your joy, and don't contain it.
**"I Am" - The grass may look greener over there, but guess what...that's a nasty fungus. You got a good thing right here. You'd better recognize.
**"Each Tear" - Regardless of your setbacks and mistakes, in spite of your pain and disappointments, you are still on your way to fulfilling your dreams and your purpose. (This song moved me to tears.)
*"I Love U (Yes I Du)"- There's no doubt that I love u - I confess - but you are sending me mixed messages...and it's ticking me off. (I love that gruff, frustrated tone she uses on this one).
**"We Got Hood Love" - We argue and go through rough times, but I'm sticking with you cause no one loves me like you.
Other ladies in the business are mostly spectacle and showmanship; Mary J. Blige is all heart. As with her life, she is exercising much better control of her voice without sacrificing the soul in her delivery. I know many people miss the music of Mary during her darker days. But Stronger WithEach Tear is right up my alley. Her strength is to be celebrated from beginning to end.
MJB has yet to disappoint me...you will mos def be touched with another MJB purchase! MJB is all that! Kudo's Diva!