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  • Summary: Nas, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Rick Ross, Beyonce, and Diddy are some of the guests on the R&B singer's sequel to her 1994 album, My Life.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    88
    My Life II, despite its flaws, is an immensely enjoyable and impressive album. The four song, mid-album set of soulful R&B, featuring both her new single "25/8" and a cover of Chaka Kahn's "Ain't Nobody" is pure pleasure for the ear, unfiltered stimulation for the body, and mood enhancer for the heart. The closing trio of ballads, including "Need Someone" and the soundtrack single from The Help, "The Living Proof" demonstrate the singer's ability to capture the magnificent mysteries of adult emotion in her vocal phrasing.
  2. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    With the right collaborators she can conjure golden moments.
  3. Nov 29, 2011
    75
    What My Life II lacks in a single vision, though, it makes up for with consistently rousing performances from Blige.
  4. Nov 22, 2011
    70
    After all these years, she can still make pain pleasurable.
  5. 67
    The lovelorn lyrics get same-y, and "modern" touches (like snoozy duets with Drake and Beyoncé) show a Blige who doesn't care much about the here and now.
  6. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    Those who are hoping for something in the spirit of mid-'90s Blige might be disappointed and think of the title as a ploy, but those who expect a wide variety of material in terms of style and mood will get precisely that.
  7. Dec 2, 2011
    40
    Her pain is less harrowing – she's older now and knows how to cope -– so instead of singing only for herself, she's doing it for her listeners, a noble goal but also dull and predictable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    One of the best R&B albums of the year. It's a classic. MJB sings her heart out on every track. Great collaborations with Beyonce, Rick Ross, Nas, Drake, Brook Lynn, and actress Taraji P. Henson. Great introduction with Diddy. Overall, My Life II is one of my favorite albums of the year. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2013
    9
    This Album to me, Mary showed a little from all her past albums. On a upward note! This Cd will move you an pull you in. Very hot album to have hip-hop soul at it's best. Expand
  3. Nov 22, 2011
    9
    The second best R&B album this year after Beyoncé's 4. Mary proves that you can stay true to her roots and make great music successfully. Well done, recommended. Expand