The Breakthrough - Mary J. Blige
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 45
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 45
  3. Negative: 1 out of 45

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  1. Dec 9, 2013
    10
    The Breakthrough was just that this was a joy ride cd where Mary seem to have reached the highest praises for this Smash CD and hit Be Without You she shows a power arrange of Hip-Hop and R&B with a hint of soul. This is a must have cd speaking of The Breakthrough!!
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. Blige, never far from the thoughts of the lovelorn, didn't need a breakthrough, but anybody with an ear for artful confession will be glad she's given us The Breakthrough anyway.
  2. Thankfully returns some of the drama to her music. [23 Dec 2005, p.78]
  3. Blige self-indulgently lets many songs on "The Breakthrough" run too long but keeps her sound fresh... adeptly weaving beats and live instruments, vocals and rapping, melody and rhythm in configurations alternately stark and lush. [11 Dec 2005]