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. 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

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