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Love & Life


Mary J Blige


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Love & Life Intro feat. JaY Z & P. Diddy    
  2   Don't Go   MP3 sample
  3   When We    
  4   Not Today feat. Eve   MP3 sample
  5   Finally Made It    
  6   Ooh   MP3 sample
  7   Let Me Be The One feat. 50 Cent    
  8   Love @ First Sight feat. Method Man   MP3 sample
  9   Willing & Waiting    
  10   Free   MP3 sample
  11   Friends    
  12   Press On   MP3 sample
  13   Feel Like Makin' Love    
  14   It's A Wrap   MP3 sample
  15   Message In Our Music    
  16   All My Love   MP3 sample
  17   Special Part Of Me    
  18   Ultimate Relationship (A.M.)   MP3 sample
  19   Didn't Mean    


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One of the finest singers in R&B today, Mary J. Blige has a voice that is both powerful and adaptable. This latest effort is her best yet, an album full of great contemporary R&B with hip-hop influences once again prominent.

Opening with the an intro featuring superstars Jay-Z and P.Diddy we are then treated to the beautiful "Don't Go", in which Mary begs "sometimes I say things to hurt you, but please don't go" - and we the listener are not going anywhere though as we are soon treated to a banging Dr Dre beat on "Not Today" with bad girl Eve in full effect. "Ooh" cleverly samples seventies funk artist Hamilton Bohannon, with P.Diddy showing his ear for a great loop. Next up current gangster rap don 50 Cent gets involved in a bit of call and response with Blige on "Let Me Be The 1" before the excellent lead single "Love @ 1st Sight" drops with a typically brilliant rap from Method Man and the beat built around "Hot Sex" by A Tribe Called Quest. "Friends" features strings arranged by Larry Gold, live instrumentation and a Barry White sample while "All My Love" and "Special Part Of Me" also standout.

Blige sounds in fantastic voice throughout the 19 songs, which suits the sexy new image being promoted, and as an elder in an R&B world dominated by Beyonce, Ashanti and the like, 'Love & Life' proves a point - she is still the undisputed queen of R&B. A very fine album indeed. Recommended.


Product Details

Artist: Mary J Blige
Album: Love & Life
Cat #: 9860702
Date: 18/09/2003
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Geffen
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Hip-Hop , Pop , R&B/Soul , Rock
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