The Breakthrough - Mary J. Blige
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  • Summary: The R&B singer's latest includes a cover of U2's "One." The all-star roster of contributors includes Bono, Jay-Z, Raphael Saadiq, Dr. Dre and will.i.am.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The Breakthrough is easily Blige’s finest full-length since ‘99’s Mary.
  2. What ultimately differentiates Blige's seventh studio album from previous discs is that its ballads truly matter.
  3. 70
    Her ardent love songs ultimately come off not as love songs but standard ache-and-pain Mary tracks--making this album not quite the breakthrough it might have been. [Mar 2006, p.109]
  4. It's another solid and undeniably enjoyable album. But from a woman as supremely talented as Blige, somehow enjoyable rates as a disappointment.
  5. Someone get this woman some drama, pronto.
  6. Like a lot of her previous albums, The Breakthrough is overlong and spoilt by too many producers sticking their oar in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Prince-AlbertJ
    Dec 20, 2005
    10
    This is mary's best song album yet. Strong vocals from mary. Great production. Very Consistent. The drama is over for now folks.
  2. TylerM
    Jan 4, 2007
    10
    I loved the album. tons of great inspirational songs that touched me in the right way! haha! I love it! Go Mary!
  3. Lshavers
    Dec 27, 2005
    10
    This CD is Mary coming full circle! I love the whole thing. She talks to everbody on this one! True Mary fans will know know how much This CD is Mary coming full circle! I love the whole thing. She talks to everbody on this one! True Mary fans will know know how much she's grown. This is going Triple Platinum for sure. Expand
  4. AMac
    Jan 8, 2006
    10
    First let me say "ZIPPY" is on crack to not think Mary J Blige album is not a masterpiece.. The Breakthrough .. is Mary's finest work .. First let me say "ZIPPY" is on crack to not think Mary J Blige album is not a masterpiece.. The Breakthrough .. is Mary's finest work .. She is absolutely the greatest artist out in music. Expand
  5. JamesJ
    Feb 23, 2006
    10
    Had to run it through the CD player a couple of times, but once it grabbed me, I couldn't turn it off
  6. MaxL
    Dec 20, 2005
    9
    This a suprisingly refreshing album. I'm impressed by the diversity of moods Mary is able to evoke. The production is solid from start This a suprisingly refreshing album. I'm impressed by the diversity of moods Mary is able to evoke. The production is solid from start to end. But really it's Mary voice that shines through as she really seems to have find a sweet spot on this album that was missing on recent outings. I would highly recommend this album and would bet it'll do pretty damn well sales-wise. Mary J. Blige is positioning herself to be around for quite some time with this one. Expand
  7. Zippy
    Jan 4, 2006
    1
    Uninspired, formula pop/r&b junk. nothing that hasn't been done before. Yawn.

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