Love & Life - Mary J. Blige
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  • Summary: Mary J. reunites with P. Diddy (who produced her debut 'What's the 411?') for this latest release, which features appearances from 50 Cent, Eve, Jay-Z and Method Man.
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  1. It's an easy listen, enjoyable on the surface with deeper meanings you're willing to dig.
  2. At least half a dozen cuts will vie for slots on a future best-of.
  3. 'Love & Life' suggests "the queen of hip-hop soul" is truly now at the top of her game.
  4. 70
    It's the songs of sadness and anger that work best.... But her club-anthem ambitions fall short here. [Oct 2003, p.180]
  5. 70
    Practically every song sounds as though we've heard it before--because, well, we have. [Sep 2003, p.122]
  6. Love's greatest strength is the same as its predecessors': Blige's simmering vocal intensity and the way it slowly boils over into cathartic exultation.
  7. Much of Love & Life... is a procession of syrupy ballads with added self-help litanies. [Nov 2003, p.113]

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. tonique
    Sep 9, 2003
    10
    i LOVE this cd. it's definately one of mary's best. the thing i love most about mary is that she puts her heart and soul into everything she sings. we hear a HAPPY mary on Love & Life. Here's another one to remind us (as if we could forget) why mary j blige is the Queen of R & B! Expand
  2. joeyb
    Sep 5, 2003
    10
    a classic album
  3. Dec 9, 2013
    10
    A classic go get yours today!!! A banger MJB Love & Life Cd. It's a Wrap love it. I was glad to hear Method and Mary on Love at 1st Sight. She knows how to wear the Crown of Hip-Hop Soul Expand
  4. skandas
    Sep 15, 2003
    10
    A stupendous return for the undisputed Queen of hipHop and Soul.
  5. RickR
    Sep 18, 2003
    10
    Off the hook....hey kid...this thing is off the chain, yo!!!
  6. omarih
    Mar 3, 2004
    10
    This is a classic from the intro to the ending Mary does what she does best let you into her life and gives you something to think about
  7. carlos
    Nov 23, 2005
    0
    makes me sick, album bout nothing ups about love banal!!!!!!!!!!!11

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