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  • Summary: The sixth album from Mary J. Blige features guest appearances from Lenny Kravitz, Eve, and Missy Elliott and production work from The Neptunes and Dr. Dre.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 100
    Injecting the album with plenty of soul, gospel and throwbacks to that old-school Motown sound, producers like the Neptunes, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and guests like Eve help round out what's possibly the best R&B album this year.
  2. Pulling it all together is her beautifully rough voice, which has grown more precise without losing any of its raw, bluesy power.
  3. The multiproducer arrangements are expansive yet warm, and Blige's pushy rasp has never sounded better.
  4. A record that occupies the exact mid-point between the ghetto sass of her Puff Daddy-produced debut and 1999's poised, soulful Mary. [Oct 2001, p.117]
  5. This is Blige's most rhythmic album ever, and even the ballads that can drag r&b down here bristle with bumping beats.
  6. Other than "PMS," a misguided Lauryn Hill cop, the album also gets stronger as it plays, concluding with an impressive trio of songs that show off Blige's gospel roots.
  7. More than ever, Blige's harmonious state just isn't an interesting place to be: Songs like "Beautiful Day" and "Flying Away" express exuberance of the rainbows-and-flowers variety. Miserable, Blige can be penetrating and profound; happy, she comes off generic and bland.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. MichaelG.
    Aug 30, 2001
    10
    I think this album is the bomb from beginning to end the new york magazine needs to step off and listen to some real music for a change
  2. WillaV.
    Aug 30, 2001
    10
    Since the first album, Mary's ablums have continued to improve. This album is the "I've gotten through the rough times, and Since the first album, Mary's ablums have continued to improve. This album is the "I've gotten through the rough times, and I'm over that!!" album. In the words of my favorite artist.."MARY'S BACK!!"...and she's here to stay... Expand
  3. AutumnB
    Apr 6, 2004
    10
    Ilove all of Mary J. Blige albums all them touch my life and relationship. i can't wait to see her in concert.
  4. LeonM.
    Aug 30, 2001
    10
    Mary J. Blige fully represents the essence of soul music. This album will be the best R&B album this year. Long live the Queen !!!
  5. DaveA.
    Aug 24, 2002
    10
    Her best ever album!
  6. TinaK-S
    Mar 24, 2004
    10
    Love it more each time I listen. Fills me with emotion. Sometimes it fits too well with my mood. Scary. She is something else.
  7. MayaM.
    Sep 1, 2001
    9
    This album states that Mary is in control and she knows what she wants.The hot new single called FAMILY AFFAIR also shows that mary is a This album states that Mary is in control and she knows what she wants.The hot new single called FAMILY AFFAIR also shows that mary is a changed person, she doesnt want no drama. she dont need no hateration or hollaration she wants you to leave your situations at the door and just have agood time.This is from Maryj.Blige's 1 fan. Expand

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