Growing Pains - Mary J. Blige
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  • Summary: The eighth album for the R&B singer was produced with help from The-Dream, Ne-Yo, Stargate, Dre & Vidal, and Timbaland.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. Busta Rhymes and Ludacris get her back to where she once belonged for the duration of their openers. After that, it's an expensive, honorable, credible sampler of the hottest current R&B brands.
  2. Her awareness of the bad times runs like a thread through every note she sings, and the album's finest moment comes when she confronts them head on.
  3. Blige's eighth studio album [is a contender] for being the best of her career.
  4. She saves the best for last, though, layering piano, subtle guitar and synthesizers over a steady four-beat rhythm and singing a lilting melody with strong lyrics taking stock of life and love.
  5. Growing Pains finds Blige on chirpier form.
  6. Growing Pains could use more of this insouciance, or another song that harnessed all her gifts as well as Breakthrough's "Be Without You" did. Confusing confessions with wisdom, Blige would be more fun if she'd shut up for a while and luxuriate.
  7. Although there are numerous pointers as to what might have been, had Mary retained greater creative focus, there is precious little to savour here.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  1. Dec 9, 2013
    10
    Growing Pains was over all a plus album for Mary J Bilge with an mid temp slow groove vibes with a constant up flowing beats that Mary's seems to nail often. I will place this album up there in Mary's top 3 albums. Expand

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