• Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Dec 20, 2005
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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

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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]